Saturday 24 March 2018

Kings of Leon will honour Thin Lizzy heroes at Slane gig

Kings of Leon Photo: Getty Images
Kings of Leon Photo: Getty Images

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

SLANE headliners Kings Of Leon are set to pay tribute to their heroes Thin Lizzy during their highly-anticipated set tomorrow.

Thin Lizzy were on the first bill at the iconic Co Meath venue in 1981, and are among the support acts for the 30th anniversary this weekend.

"We have talked about throwing in a cover of Thin Lizzy but the hard thing about covering your favourite band, is that even if you play the song perfectly, in your mind you still think you screwed it up," the band's drummer Nathan Followill said yesterday.

"There is no way you can recreate it, but we have been talking about doing a Thin Lizzy cover, so we will see how it goes," he said.

The Kings of Leon arrived into Dublin at 2am yesterday morning, and Followill (32) said they planned to visit an exhibition dedicated to Phil Lynott currently running at the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

"I plan on going to see that today," he said.

"I know the last time we were over Caleb (Followill, the lead singer) was smiling from ear to ear after getting his picture taken with the Phil Lynott statue."

The Thin Lizzy cover is likely to be one of a dozen extra songs the Tennessee band will be using to stretch out their material into a near two-hour set, covering their five albums and 12 years together.

"My God, they are giving us a two-hour set so we are going to pull out a lot of old stuff," he said.

"We have been rehearsing songs we've not played in eight years.

"Fans who have been there since the beginning are going to hear stuff they didn't think they were going to hear again. Newer fans will be hearing stuff for the first time.

"We are thrilled even in these tough times that people in Ireland show the love for us and come and spend their hard-earned money to watch a drunk bunch of hippies play their instruments," he added.


The group also revealed they planned on playing a few rounds of golf during their stay in Ireland.

On a more rock'n'roll note, Slane's owner Lord Henry Mountcharles told the Irish Independent that he would give the band several cases of his own Slane Castle Irish Whiskey.

"After the show of course," Lord Mountcharles added, saying he was working from "dawn to dusk during the last few days but looking forward to the big concert on Saturday night".

Gates open for the concert at 1pm tomorrow with the first act The Whigs taking to the stage at 1.30pm, followed by Mona at 2.30pm, White Lies at 3.35pm, Thin Lizzy at 5pm, Elbow at 6.30pm and Kings Of Leon closing out the show.

Irish Independent

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