John Meagher: McGuinness was unique spark that lit the unforgettable fire
The quartet's gifts were not in question, but there were plenty of other Dublin groups such as The Blades who were considered as good if not better. The key difference was McGuinness
Six years ago, I got to see Paul McGuinness's managerial style up close. And it had nothing to do with U2. McGuinness was trying to help Paddy Casey – a less well known name on his artist's roster – break America and he had arranged a showcase in Los Angeles to drum up interest.
Thanks to the McGuinness name, it was the hottest ticket in town. I found myself standing in a small venue off Sunset Boulevard alongside Helena Christensen, Jim Sheridan, Daniel Lanois and the cream of American music journalism, as Casey did his best to repay his manager's faith.