Wednesday 13 December 2017

Declan Lynch: Legendary Blades may yet make the cut

The Blades – revered rock 'n' rollers who gigged with U2 in the Seventies – are back, says Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THEY sold out the first night so they added a second night. The original gig in the Olympia on Friday, December 13 was hardly announced at all in any formal sense, but a few days of tweeting were enough to spread the word – The Blades were back.

In the mythology of Irish rock, The Blades, and in particular their main man Paul Cleary, are revered. In that retrospective vision it is forever the summer of '79 and The Blades are playing the Baggot Inn for six weeks with U2, and everybody thinks that The Blades are going to make it.

In fact they know that The Blades are going to be enormous and that U2... well, they could be anything. According to the legend, on the alternate weeks when The Blades played first, most of the aficionados left at half time, leaving U2 to play to the few who remained, a mixture of close personal friends and suburban born-again Christians.

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