Saturday 17 February 2018

Loaded: Killing Bono and resurrecting Pulp

John Meagher

John Meagher

Neil McCormick, the Dubliner who writes about rock music for The Daily Telegraph, has long dined out on the fact that he was in the same Mount Temple classroom as Bono.

The angry anti-U2 responses to his innumerable articles are usually far more enjoyable than the pieces he pens. But that's enough Neil-bashing for now.

Not that McCormick will be worried about what anyone thinks seeing as he's got far bigger fish to fry in the name of Killing Bono, the Hollywood movie set for release next year and the trailer of which has just been released. Based on McCormick's autobiographical novel, I Was Bono's Doppelganger, it is set to offer a significant platform for young Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo, who was tasked with composing the entire soundtrack.

Echo -- real name Ciaran Gribbin -- is no stranger to big-deal collaborations. He co-wrote Madonna's Grammy-nominated single Celebration, after all. Yet, despite his stock rising steadily, he is happy to ply his trade the old way and is third on a Button Factory bill on Saturday, November 27, headlined by Codes with Royseven in support.

  • Neatly sidestepping the big promoters is The Clockwork Apple, a two-day mini festival taking place in The Village, Dublin, tonight and tomorrow. Organised by music aficionado and BellaJane band member Sarah Jane Lanagan, the event features eight up-and-coming Irish bands including the Holy Roman Army and The Dead Flags (who play tonight) and Sweet Jane and The Ghandis (who headline tomorrow).

Single tickets can be bought on the door for €15 and a two-day pass costs a reasonable €20. Both shows kick off at 7.45pm. See clockworkapplepresents.wordpress.com

  • Concern's 24-hour fast has become a hardy perennial in the run-up to Christmas. Now, the charity has devised a series of complementary events, under the umbrella tag Concern Fastival, which should help swell the coffers for the needy.

From free yoga classes to something called Hugs from Models (step right up, Georgia Salpa), there is no shortage of activities aimed at raising cash. And music fans are also being catered for.

Whelan's, Dublin, is the place to be on Friday, November 26, for a special show headlined by much-admired instrumentalists The Jimmy Cake.

Support is courtesy of acclaimed songwriter Patrick Kelleher and the lesser-known Nouveaunoise and Clockwork Noise. Tickets cost €10 and are available from tickets.ie. Concern hope to raise €1m this year.

  • Normally, I can't abide the band reformation racket, but I'm heartened to see Pulp's classic line-up getting back together again. Jarvis Cocker and friends will play a variety of festival gigs next summer and you can be sure that Oxegen and Electric Picnic will be in a dogfight to win the rights to their signature.

I haven't been overly enamoured by Cocker's two solo albums, but his Pulp material has certainly stood the test of time. Does anybody need an introduction to Different Class, one of the great British albums of the 90s? But following hot on its heels in the artistic stakes is His 'n' Hers, their fantastic 1994 album that remains something of a lost gem.

  • Lou Reed is famed for his collaborations, making music with such disparate figures as Antony Hegarty, David Bowie and his own wife, Laurie Anderson. But his latest foray is likely to raise eyebrows from here to his native Manhattan. That's right, the great talent behind The Velvet Underground has got into bed -- not literally, hopefully -- with the queen of UK reality TV, Susan Boyle.

Reed, we're told, was on hand to help out with the filming of SuBo's video for her interpretation of Perfect Day, one of his most perfect songs. Tis a mad, mad world.

Irish Independent

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