Monday 19 March 2018

The Undertones announce date at The Academy as part of 40th anniversary tour

The Undertones
The Undertones
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Derry legends The Undertones have announced a 40th anniversary tour with a date at The Academy, Dublin.

The band will play the capital on May 21st, 2016, with tickets from €25 including booking fee on sale Friday December 11 at 10am.

The Undertones emerged on the scene, such as it was in Derry, in 1976 when they learned their craft by listening to mail order records and John Peel's show on BBC Radio One.

When they recorded Teenage Kicks in 1978 on Terri Hooley's fledgling Good Vibrations label in Belfast, Peel received a copy and like it so much he played it twice in a row on his show.

Derry darlings: a very youthful looking Undertones line-up
Derry darlings: a very youthful looking Undertones line-up

The Undertones signed with Sire Records and re-released the single which resulted in their first appearance on Top of the Pops.

Over the next five years, John O Neill, his younger brother Damian, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley also released the hits, Here Comes The Summer, Jimmy Jimmy, My Perfect Cousin, You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) and Wednesday Week.

In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the band to pursue a solo career and the remaining members decided to call it a day and they did so for 16 years.

In 1999 Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocals and the band surged a second wave of success with songs including Thrill Me, I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be and Everything But You.

The band's story was told in the hit 2012 film Good Vibrations and they will mark their 40th anniversary next year with a tour of festivals and clubs across the world.

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