Sunday 25 February 2018

Loaded: Tweet revenge for Chris

Chris de Burgh has long been master of the pithy putdown, especially for those music critics unable or unwilling to acknowledge his genius. One can only imagine that the good vibes he was feeling after daughter Rosanna won her defamation case against Ryanair evaporated as soon as he read Aidan Coughlan's considered review of his show at the Grand Canal Theatre. Let's just say that Aidan, of this chapel, was none too impressed with Chris's unique interpretation of old sea shanties.

De Burgh, emboldened by outraged comments from his fans posted the following message on Facebook: "Look him up on FB, or google...and feel sorry for him, just a young lad from down the road, Bray..." He then directed fans to tweet Aidan.

Perhaps someone should remind Chris that said Bray hack was once a fan, having joined the singer on stage when he was 11. "Not sure why I just posted that on Twitter," Aidan says, tail firmly between legs. "In my defence, though, it was before he went all maritime on us."

•Incidentally, Chris de Burgh's Facebook page offers endless comedic value. On Tuesday, one overseas fan expressed her wish to visit Chris at his home. Towards the end of her plea, she pointed out that she wasn't a stalker. Good to know.

•Morrissey's anti-royalist stance is unchanged from his Smiths days if his views on Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland are anything to go by. It's good to see his principals remain intact even if his thoughts on Ireland seem out-dated. Still, it will be good to have Moz in our midst again. First he plays Live at the Marquee, Cork, on June 28, and then he's in Dublin's Vicar Street on July 29 and 30 (tickets for the latter went on sale yesterday). At last -- a perfect venue for Morrissey's Irish fans.

•Galway has long been a great party town and its reputation will be enhanced this bank holiday weekend with Havana Cultura, a Latin music festival.

Previously known as the Little Havana Festival, there will be 60 free gigs, and the glorious weather forecast for the weekend will no doubt enhance the experience.

Among the acts playing the City of the Tribes are the Cuban All-Stars, Sabor Cubano and the Cuban Jazz Project. International performers La Tinto Bros, local favourites Disconauts and Galway's very own eight-piece salsa band Cuba Libre will also feature.

•My inbox has been inundated with Oxegen bumf this week -- it's been named best festival in Europe and has received accolades for its iPhone app -- but what grabbed my attention was a competition the organisers have devised to come up with an official Oxegen 2011 T-shirt. The winning entry gets two weekend tickets and a "special backstage tour" (a considerable saving from promoter MCD, when one considers how much a professional designer would be charging). Send your designs to www.oxegen.ie/ competitions

•RIP Gil Scott-Heron. After a long hiatus, the rap pioneer had delivered a fine solo album, collaborated with Jamie from The xx and had his potent track, Comment #1, sampled on Kanye West's sprawling album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He will be missed.

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