Monday, June 30, 2008

Neil Young - Malahide Castle,Dublin 29/06/08 Review

That was it another Tick off the list of Gigs I must see before I Die. We entered into the gig early and caught Neil’s sound check and from the first strum I knew this was going to be a great experience, the grounds of the castle was beginning to fill up and for a 24 year old it was a strange atmosphere of young and old and really old.

The first band to adorn the stage was “Everest”. These guys hailed from California and I must say had a very impressive sound for such a young band. They spent most of their time saying how pleased they were for the opportunity to tour with Neil and during one part of their short set the lead singer said it was the happiest day of his life.
During their set Glen Hansard join the lads to give a hand in one of their songs.

Glen entered the stage once again a little while later this time accompanied by the Full Band “The Frames” plus newbie Oscar winner “Marketa Irglova”. They were very pleased to be there and played some old and new stuff. (Set Below). Revelate for me was the highlight and they steered away from the usually favourites and played mellow numbers instead but all in all the sound was pitch perfect.

The crowd were then treated to the first half of the Euro 08 final sans Commentary but we got the best of the match by the sounds of it. While the Spanish were battling hard to fight off the german attack the screen went black and the inevitable happened.

Neil walks on stage with a cocky stride that is only capable after years of touring and just literally lashed into the best song of the night “Love and Only Love”. He commented on the Canadian flag that adorned Malahide Castle and thanked the crowd for being there.
The set itself had songs from early albums to new ones but with a back catalogue that would take a solid day to get through, no one was going to get exactly what they wanted.

My highlights were “Hey Hey My My”, “Old Man”,"Needle and the Damage Done"and “Mr. Soul”. There were complaints of long outros and solos but isn’t that what Neil Young does? Fair enough 26 minutes on “No Hidden Path” was a bit extensive but it was a pleasure watching the genius at work just enjoying it.
When closing your eyes during some solos it was just amazing the sound that was being made and it truly was one of the greatest gigs I have ever witnessed.
Neil plays Cork tonight and you are truly in for a treat.

The Frames Set :
Red Chord
Seven Day Mile
The Moon
When Your Mind's Made Up
The Stars are Underground
Santa Maria

Neil's Setlist was:
Love and Only Love
I've Been Waiting for You
Mr. Soul
Spirit Road
Hey Hey My My
Too Far Gone
Oh, Lonesome Me
Mother Earth (pump organ version)
Needle & The Damage Done (Video Below)
Old Man
Unknown Legend
Get Back To The Country
No Hidden Path
A Day In The Life (Beatles Cover, My Own Video Below (will post when youtube finishes uploading it))

Neil Young- Needle & The Damage Done - Malahide Castle

Neil Young - A Day In The Life, Malahide Castle, 29/06/08

To Visit The Bands :
Everest :
The Frames :
Neil Young :

Friday, June 27, 2008

Johnny Cash - Glastonbury Bootleg

As Glastonbury starts today lets look back on one of the greatest performances from back in the day. It was 94 and those words were said "Hi im Johnny Cash". The Bootleg is of good quality however the full set is not included here as this was a radio broadcast of the show. Sounds lke one hell of a gig. The man himself hailed this gig as one of the highlights of his career. Enjoy.

The Poor feckers will get soaked again this weekend but its all in the name of fun and music, so enjoy!

Set List:
Folsom Prison Blues
Sunday Morning coming Down
Ring of fire
I guess thing happen that way
the beast in me
Let the train blow the whistle
Big river
A boy named Sue

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Added Bonus for Sunday

Neil Young – Malahide Castle, Dublin on Sunday 29 June 2008 Gates Open: 17:00 Everest: 17:30 The Frames: 18:30 Neil Young: 20:30 Wait did i read that correctly the frames you say? Sweet deal

Monday, June 23, 2008

Neil Young Next Sunday

I'm going to see Neil next Sunday at Malahide Castle, Happy Days!
The European Tour got underway last night in Italy. He is after changing the set list to suit stadiums and outdoor venues. So there goes the intimate acoustic set out the window.
Here is the latest set list oh and he is being backed by the Chrome Dreams Band.

Set List :
06-22-2008, Nelson Mandela Forum, Firenze, Italy
w/ The Chrome Dreams Band

Love And Only Love
Dirty Old Man
Spirit Road
Hey Hey, My My
Too Far Gone
Oh, Lonesome Me
Mother Earth
The Needle And The Damage Done
Old Man
No Hidden Path
Rockin' In The Free World
All Along The Watchtower (Video Below)

Band :
Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Ben Keith - pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals (?)
Rick Rosas - bass, background vocals
Chad Cromwell - drums
Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone (?), acoustic guitar
Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano (?), acoustic guitar
Post About this Gig before :
Neil young Bootleg of current tour :

Neil Young - "All Along The Watchtower" 22/06/08 (Last Night)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Seven Songs

It's blog meme time again. Panadola Diction has tagged me. The Aim of this Tagging is : "List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your [summer]. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. " So here goes : 1. Coldplay - 42 Its that beatle intro feel that gets me everytime and when it kicks off half way through genius stuff! 2. Bon Iver - Flume Trying hard not to keep playing this record at the moment, such haunting brilliance 3. Supergrass - St.Petersburg Always loved this song but saw them again live by complete accident in paris and fell right back in love with it 4. Interpol - Pioneer To The Falls Any playlist I make, cant live without this one , The intro still gives me chills 5. Neil Young - Ambulance Blues From his On the Beach album , im loving this song as it makes no sense and you know he knows that. 6. Ryan Adams - The Sun Also Sets Just an amazing song , if this doesnt make your hair stand on the back of your neck there is something wrong. 7. Radiohead - House of Cards In rainbows as been on non stop for awhile now and just cant stop listening to this particular one, just loves it! This List was drawn up quite quick but it really does give an insight to the listener. I am supposed to Tag some other people but ill just Tag everyone who looks at this go ahead make your list of seven. Happy Tagging!

Bands You Must See Before You Die

We all have that list and we all tick them off as we go. Who is on your List? Who have you ticked off from your list?
Recently I have ticked off quite a few.
Ryan Adams and Radiohead being the most recent.
Off the top of my head my list looks something like this :

Neil Young
(Going to see him Sunday Week :)

(Seeing them in September at Cois Farriage)

Bob Dylan
(Wasted Opportunities)

(Playing in Cork , Ticket Price + Too many gigs already = Excuse)

(Annoyed I have never seen these guys , so many wasted opportunities)

The White Stripes
( Nearly Did at Oxegen but they pulled out at the last minute)

Led Zeppelin

The Rolling Stones
(Who Knows Maybe One Day)

David Bowie
(Nearly Did at Oxegen but he pulled out at the last minute)

Pink Floyd
(Doubt that will happen)

The Libertines
(Surely the comeback will happen one day)

I am sure there is many more I cant think of right now. What happens when I see all these bands, Do I go to Music Heaven and just wallow in the glory of past gigs or will there always be bands coming and going with that must see stamp on them? Whats on your list?

Glad I got this off my chest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gigs This Week to Watch Out For

TONIGHT : Cathy Davey She returns once again! After a fantastic show last December. I was there last time and the gig literally blew me away. This is well worth the look out. 17 euro in FRIDAY : The Blood Red Mountain Band with David Hope These guys have been compared to Arcade Fire Crossed with Bob Dylan. Bluegrass madness descends on dolans and also supported by our very own Siobhan O'Brien, not to be missed. SUNDAY : Tom Baxter The gig that nearly never happened. This is the rescheduled date for Tom. All May 4th tickets are valid for tonight's show with Special Guests on the night Charlie Winston and the Oxymorons and Max Greenwood HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Coldplay Live Brixton Academy 16/06/2008 Bootleg

Coldplays first proper gig got underway last night in London. This gig was a free bee full of competition winners from The set list looked amazing including some oldies and a cover in the form of The Goldrush - Death Will Never Conquer (Will Champion on vocals). They are playing another free gig tonight in Barcelona and another free one next Monday in New York. Then the real gigging starts. Ireland sees coldplay live in December as they play two night in Belfast's Odyssey Arena 18/19th. Rumor has it they will play some night in Dublin in the new year, fingers crossed.
Download Last nights performance here :

Set List:
1. Life In Technicolor
2. Violet Hill
3. Clocks
4. In My Place
5. Viva La Vida
6. Chinese Sleep Chant
7. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
8. 42
9. Square One
10. Trouble
11. Lost!
12. Strawberry Swing
13. Yellow (Acoustic)
14. The Goldrush - Death Will Never Conquer (Will Champion on vocals)

15. Talk Remix
16. Fix You
17. Lovers In Japan
18. The Escapist

Coldplay - 42 Live @ Brixton Academy 16-6-8

Monday, June 16, 2008

Supergrass Live Elysée Montmartre, Paris 12/06/08 REVIEW

I found myself in Paris for the second time last weekend, the intention of once again visiting all the tourist hot spots and I did do just that including Jim Morrison’s Grave which was really interesting. Anyhow I found myself in Montemartre on Thursday night and looking at this old building called Elysée Montmartre also designed by Gustaf Eiffel. The building was surrounded by hoards of people, then I realised it was a gig they were waiting for. Two touts tickets later I too was waiting for Supergrass.
The building inside was something else, just beautiful. The support act came on called Mida and the Medicine Show. An interesting band well able to produce a great sound and keep the crowd entertained.
I was still trying to figure how this all was happening; it was like a mad dream. Supergrass came on to great applause and went straight into a track from their new album called “Diamond Hoo Ha Man”. They told the crowd it was their first gig in Paris for three years.
The lighting they had setup was amazing projecting words of the songs plus images and live streaming of the concert.
The set list included new and old and the place was buzzing from start to finish. The crowd were an interesting bunch think Costello’s on a Saturday night just in French le Costello! Supergrass are one to catch live and amazingly enough ill see them again as I secured tickets for the Cois Farriage Festival in Kilkee this September. (Details here
Check out the video I took down the bottom of St.Peterburg, Cheers.

Set List :
Diamond Hoo Ha Man
Bad Blood
She’s So Loose
Late In The Day
Rebel In You
Ghost Of A Friend
Brecon Beacons
St Petersburg (Video Below)
Richard III
Sun Hits The Sky
Pumping On Your Stereo

Encore :
Next To You
Caught By The Fuzz

Supergrass - St. Petersburg Live Elysee Montmartre,Paris

Muse - Acoustic

Another Acoustic Gem this thime in the form of Muse,
Download here -->

Track List :
01. Falling Down
02. Feeling Good
03. Hate this and i'll love you
04. Megalomania
05. Muscle Museum
06. Natural Disaster
07. Plug in Baby
08. Sing for Absolution
09. Space Dementia
10. Time is running out
12. Overdue

Coldplay - Amsterdam, Holland

Here is a soundboard recording of Coldplays secret gig on front of only 300 hundred people.
Download here -->

Set List :
01. Violet Hill
02. Clocks
03. Lovers In Japan
04. Chinese Sleep Chant
05. Viva La Vida
06. Fix You

Friday night's performances of 'Viva La Vida' & 'Violet Hill' on Jonathan Ross

Monday, June 9, 2008

Coldplay - Castles (B-Sides and Rarities Collection!)

Received the final cut of the new album early last week. Cant wait to see the publics reaction to this one, its full of fantastic tracks and hasn't been off the pod yet.
Here is a great bootleg I found to wet the appetite for next weeks release. Its an album made up of all the B-sides and Rarities, a must for any Coldplay Fanatic. Enjoy

Download Here :
Part 1
Part 2
Track List :
1. Crest of Waves
2. One I Love
3. No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground
4. Things I Don't Understand
5. Gold in Them Hills
6. Brothers and Sisters
7. I Ran Away
8. Easy to Please
9. Bigger Stronger
10. For You
11. Pour Me- Live
12. Moses-Live
13. See You Soon-Live
14. Ladder to the Sun-Live
15. Such a Rush

Radiohead Live Malahide Castle,Dublin 07/06/08 Review

I went!
2 and a bit hours of magic happened in the grounds of Malahide Castle last Saturday, Radiohead were on their second night of their extensive European tour. First of all what an amazing place to have a gig, such a great relaxed atmosphere, everyone was lying out enjoying the sun with pint in hand.
The support act came on around half seven “Bat for Lashes”. This female fronted band sounded a bit like Portishead/Goldfrappish and added if anything to the chilled vibe of the castle grounds. Radiohead began around half nine and I got exactly what it said on the tin.
Radiohead are truly one of the best live acts in the world and are in no doubt of the best bands in music history.
The set list was made up of mainly “In Rainbows” with some oldies played for good measure in the form of “Idioteque”, “There There” and “Planet Telex” and many more.
Thom seemed really relaxed and seemed to be really enjoying the night and the crowd. The sound was unreal and just blew me away completely. Every little detail was first class from the lighting to the music. Thom’s Eyes shut and head shaking, his every move provoking screams of delirium in the crowd as he runs through “In Rainbow” Numbers.
There is no band in the world like them and the quality is untouchable live. They played “there there” and went off and the crowd stood there confident of a return, I was also confident of at least 3 or four more songs.
They returned to blast out 8 more classics including a brand new song played by Thom alone on the piano.
This gig was amazing and I am so glad I can tick them off my “Band to see before I Die List”

Set List:
1. 15 Step
2. Bodysnatchers
3. Airbag
4. Bangers and Mash
5. Nude
6. Pyramid Song
7. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
8. The Gloaming
9. National Anthem
10. Faust Arp
11. Videotape
12. Optimistic
13. Where I End and You Begin
14. Reckoner
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. All I Need
17. There There

18. Exit Music (for a film)
19. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
20. Climbing Up The Walls
21. Planet Telex
22. How To Disappear Completely

23. Supercollider (New Song)
24. You And Whose Army?
25. Idioteque

My Own Video
Radiohead - end of "Climbing up the walls" & All of "Planet Telex",
Malahide Castle 07/06/08

Radiohead 6th June 2008 Dublin - Idioteque

Friday, June 6, 2008

Radiohead Gig Dilemma

We all have those lists , The Live want list. What band you really want to see live before you die. I am already fulfilling three of these wishes this year in the form of Ryan Adams, Neil Young and Travis.
Here's the Dilemma Radiohead are playing this weekend in Malahide Castle , Tickets Still available no less at 70 euro a pop. I Need , Want and must go. Should I just fork out the cash and drive up tomorrow Morn? or Stay at home relax for the weekend and possible regret it all?
If your not venturing away yourself this weekend Rufus Wainwright Plays in UL on Sunday@ 8
Have A Great Weekend

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Cranberries Bootleg 07/08/99

Hey Hey I found a bootleg of the Limerick Music Legends of years gone by and here they are in all there glory during their The Loud And Clear Tour 1999/2000. This particular show is from the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach,Florida, USA. The Recording is A1 and brings you back to the fantastic sound of this unreal local band.

Set List:
God Be With You (RARE)
Animal Instinct
Ode To My Family
Go Your Own Way [Fleetwood Mac cover]
You and Me
Daffofil Lament
I can't be with you
Waltzing Back
Ridiculous Thoughts
Dying In The Sun
Just My Imagination

Download Here :

Dirty Pretty Things Live@Dolans 02/06/08 Review

Picture courtesy of
( Cheers Again Man!)

Free Bands, Free Beer and Free t-shirts what more could you ask for from a gig??
Last Monday saw Dolan’s Warehouse transform into some sort of Green Heineken Arena and no expense was spared.
What hit you right away was the time and effort into this transformation green lighting everywhere in the shape of green balls, fairy lights and strip lighting.
Projector screens filled the walls of the warehouse showing various images and also the bands performances plus crowd shots, various flat screen TV's were plotted around the place and a full fridge of Heineken to get through for free.
The first occupant on stage was a singer songerwriter dude called Kieran Leonard (Cross between Jeff Buckley/Eddie Vedder/Bon Iver). He warmed the crowd nicely and was seen later on stage playing with the main act.

Supermodel Twins were then to embark on the stage but wait who are these loons it was Walter Mitty and the Realists (Some sort of a reschedule).
They really got the crowd going with some surreal tunes and some crazy titles such as “My inner child’s a drum kit”. The lead singer Niall sure is animated and makes you tired just watching the guy(Cross Between The Automatic and a wild Panda). They went on to play a rip roaring set and set the scene for the evening.
Then the main act loomed just as the Heineken fridge was emptying Carl Barat waltzed on stage wielding a bottle of Jemison and a bottle of coke. He drank straight from the bobba all night and it didnt seem to faze him one bit.

Dirty Pretty Things seemed to be really tight and played quite a lot from both old and new albums. “Bang Bang you’re Dead” being the highlight as the crowd went completely nuts to the trumpet intro. The crowd wasnt as crazy as I had anticipated, maybe this was due to the freeness of the gig and true DPT fans werent able to get tickets and music fans alike however the night sure was a great one, Cheers Heineken & Dolans.

To check out for more Heineken Green Spheres Events:

Kieran Leonard’s Myspace Page:

Walter Mitty & the Realists myspace page:

Dirty Pretty Things website:

To cap a great evening off I met the band in Dolans, really nice guys then went on to meet Carl Barat again in Costello’s Tavern, How Cool

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Albums Listening to in June 08

Festival Conundrum Update - Cois Fharraige

Festival Conundrum Lives on...........

Name : Cois Fharraige

Where : Kilkee, Clare

When : September 5-7th

Confirmed So Far :
The Zutons
The Futureheads
Seasick Steve
The Coronas
Cathy Davey
28 Costumes

When are the tickets on sale : 9am on Friday June 13.
Price : Early bird three-day festival tickets inclusive of booking fee are €79.50 until August 11 and €89.50 following that date

The Low Down :
Last Year was its first outing and i missed out, Friends told me it was a weekend not to be missed and they have really stepped up the headliners this year. It sees Travis performing in Ireland for quite some time and I really can not wait. Been wanting to see them live for so many years and heres my chance!
It will be a camping or B&B Affair with water sports, beer and music. Great News all round , go get your tickets !
Website :

For more in the festival conundrum series check out
My Review on Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival
My Review on Electric Picnic

My Review of the Roskilde Festival

My Review of the O2 Wireless Festival

My Review of D Festival Weekender (Dolans) Here

My Review of Glastonbury Here

My Review of V Festival Here

My review of T- in the park Here

My review of Oxegen Here

About Festival Conundrum here :


Macca Live! 01/06/08

Sir Paul McCartney took to the stage in last week in Liverpool to mark the city’s Capital of Culture Year. This Radio Broadcast lets us share the great night. He played to a packed crowd in Anfield and was even joined on stage by Dave Grohl as you can see from below. Down Load it all here for free

Set List :
01. Hippy Hippy Shake
02. Jet
03. Drive My Car
04. Flaming Pie
05. Got To Get You Into My Life
06. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady
07. My Love
08. C Moon
09. The Long And Winding Road
10. Dance Tonight
11. Bach's Bourree/Blackbird
12. Calico Skies
13. In Liverpool
14. I'll Follow The Sun
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Something (acoustic/electric)
17. Penny Lane
18. Band On The Run (with Dave Grohl)
19. Back In The USSR (with Dave Grohl)
20. Live And Let Die
21. Let It Be
22. Hey Jude

23. Yesterday
24. A Day in the Life/Give Peace A Chance!!!!
25. Lady Madonna
26. I Saw Her Standing There (with Dave Grohl)