Hugh Laurie has had quite a career. He established himself as one of the UK's finest television thesps in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster before donning an American accent and becoming the highest-paid actor on US TV thanks to his role as the permanently grumpy diagnostician in medical drama, House.
Now, with rumours of that series coming to an end after its eighth season, Laurie is exploring new avenues -- not least a love of blues music. The result is a covers album, pointedly called Let Them Talk, and it's considerably better than we've come to expect from A-list actors trying out a sideline career in music. It helps that a crack team of musicians have been assembled, but Laurie's careworn vocals and expressive piano elevates the album above the ordinary.
He hasn't forgotten his comedic past, though, as the liner notes demonstrate: "You don't buy fish from a dentist, or ask a plumber for financial advice, so why listen to an actor's music? The answer is -- there is no answer. If you care about pedigree then you should try elsewhere, because I have nothing in your size."
Now, with Bon Jovi playing Dublin's RDS on June 29, Aiken Promotions are giving two unsigned Irish acts the chance to open for them.
Five finalists will compete for this opportunity on Thursday (May 19) in Vicar Street. Fighting for supremacy will be The Fallen Drakes, Simon Fagan, Doris, The Riptide Movement and Jody Has A Hitlist. Peter Aiken and figures from Universal Ireland and Radio Nova will chose the winners.
The store (on Trinity Street, right next to Hot Press HQ) has lined up music every Saturday this month and is promising prospective customers the chance to win vouchers and "goody bags" as well as acquaint themselves with some up and coming music talent including El Hombre Jokes and Tarantella Fall.
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