Sunday 22 July 2018

'Our songs are just as relevant as 30 years ago' - Aslan's Billy

Aslan's (L to R) Rodney O' Brien, Joe Jewell, Christy Dignam, Alan Downey, Billy McGuinness
Aslan's (L to R) Rodney O' Brien, Joe Jewell, Christy Dignam, Alan Downey, Billy McGuinness
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Aslan's Billy McGuinness believes the key to the Dublin band's longevity is that their songs are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.

The band's keyboardist, guitarist and harmonica player say they now have a whole new generation of fans coming to their gigs, who are enjoying their iconic songs just as much as their parents did.

"We always say our fans are aged from nine to 90 because what happens is, the parents are playing our CDs in their car and their teenagers are listening to it and going, 'I like this song, I like that song'.

"The fact that the songs are so good means that they have stood the test of time. Songs like Crazy World and Too Late For Hallelujah, if you have a good song, it just pulls people in and they don't go out of style."

Even after all these years, he said they still get a thrill out of performing, as they gear up to take to the road to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album Feel No Shame.

"The gig we did in the Olympia last week was probably one of the best gigs of our career. The noise coming out of the crowd was unbelievable. They were singing every word back to us.

"It was unbelievable," he said.

He said that frontman Christy Dignam is "in a great place" and that taking to the road again has given him a "real boost" and helps focus all their energies as a band.

They will start their nationwide tour with a date in The Quays in Galway on March 29 and will perform two gigs in Dublin this summer.

All the tickets to their July 21 gig in Iveagh Gardens have been snapped up, prompting them to add a second one on July 13.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album, the Herald is giving away a free magazine today celebrating the fab five's rise to the top of the Irish music industry.

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