John Meagher's Loaded
Christy Dignam is reportedly doing well as he battles cancer; here's hoping the Aslan man makes a complete recovery.
In the meantime, many of his friends and acquaintances are coming together for a fundraising night in his honour at the Olympia, Dublin, next Friday. An eclectic line-up – including Gavin Friday, Jerry Fish, Bressie, Tom Dunne and Mary Black – will perform songs from the Aslan back catalogue.
Tickets sold out within 24 hours of going on sale, but, thanks to AerTV, the concert will be screened live in more than 100 venues around the world including the UK, Canada, Australia, Dubai and, of course, Ireland. The full list of participating venues will be on aslan.ie in the days leading up to the show.
Q Paddy Casey is the main attraction at another worthy fundraiser. The Dublin troubadour plays Dublin's Button Factory tomorrow evening, with proceeds going to young music fan Maria Murphy.
Maria had gone for a routine medical procedure in November 2011 and ended up paralysed on her left side. She remains hospitalised and requires constant medical care and pain management.
This will be the second Paddy Casey fundraiser for her, and other guests include newcomers Tell No Fox, Evelyn Campbell and Hurricane Johnny & the Jets.
Q His eagerly anticipated new album is set to be released in all territories on Tuesday, but Kanye West wass reportedly still fiddling with it this week.
It has been revealed that West brought in veteran producer Rick Rubin to help him record additional tracks for the album, which is titled Yeezus.
Island Def Jam, West's label, was apparently still clearing samples for this late-breaking material and, in the case of one sample, rerecording what's been described as an "old vocal track" sung by an obscure Chicago children's choir.
Performing in New York on Sunday, West said he has no interest in delaying Yeezus for marketing reasons.
"With this album, we ain't gonna drop no single to radio," he said. "We ain't got no NBA campaign. Shit, we ain't even got no cover. We just made some real music."
Q What a summer it has been for Pharrell Williams: first he takes the vocals on one of the songs of the year, Daft Punk's Get Lucky; now he's sitting pretty on top of the charts globally (including Ireland) thanks to his cheeky contribution to Robin Thicke's naughtily suggestive hit, Blurred Lines.
He's an effortlessly cool dude too – witness his performance on last weekend's Graham Norton Show.
Q I've caught the running bug over the past year, so I was much taken with the news that Dublin will host its inaugural rock 'n' roll half marathon on August 5.
There will be a band playing at each mile mark (and there are 13 of them over that distance) and Choice winners Delorentos will provide the entertainment at the finish line. See dublinrocknroll.com.