Rockalypse Now! Concert fever hits Ireland
Bon Jovi is playing Slane on Saturday, while Robbie Williams will be taking to the stage of the Aviva.
THEY once dubbed it Rockalypse Now. And Henry Mountcharles has revealed that he is expecting helicopters bringing elite concert-goers to the lawns of Slane Castle this Saturday for Bon Jovi's concert.
Having targeted mature rock fans with the selection of the 1980s US rock band for one of the two shows at his Meath estate this year, Mr Mountcharles revealed that some ageing rockers will be able to avail of seating in the main arena at Slane for the first time since the Rolling Stones played in 2007.
"It's all about providing the most comfortable and enjoyable experience possible for fans," Henry told the Herald.
But time is running out to buy the few remaining VIP tickets selling at €215 -- a long way from the €525 that top-tier VIP tickets sold for at Slane during the Celtic Tiger.
Mr Mountcharles credited the recent sunny spell for a sudden uptake in tickets, and said he would be "happy with typical June weather" this Saturday.
The 62-year-old also revealed how recent good weather had helped construction of the giant stage on which Bon Jovi will perform.
"They're in for a good time because I've been tracking the Bulgarian media lately -- that's where Bon Jovi launched the European leg of their Because We Can tour last month and it went brilliantly," he added.
A Phil Lynott cover could well be included in Bon Jovi's Slane set this Saturday as Thin Lizzy headlined the first Slane gig in 1981, and are credited by Bon Jovi with influencing their brand of stadium rock.
"Our whole electric-guitar cowboy theme came from Thin Lizzy.
"We got away with it because Phil and Thin Lizzy really aren't that well known in America and only had one top 10 hit," said Jon Bon Jovi earlier this year.
But before Slane rocks on Saturday, it will be the turn of Dublin's Aviva Stadium, where tens of thousands will be out to see Robbie Williams.
Fans will have their fingers crossed for Friday night in the stadium as the last time the 39-year-old performed as a solo artist in Ireland, he was left suspended hundreds of feet in the air after stage gear malfunctioned.
As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie