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Review: AC/DC – Live @ Aviva Stadium (Jul 1st, 2015)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by Tickets There
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Credit: Pierre Petitpas

IMG_3250Kanye West thinks he is, The Who suggest they are and the Rolling Stones act like they are – but when it comes down to it there’s probably no bigger rock band in the world than AC/DC. For four decades the Aussies (don’t get picky about nationality) have been churning out some of hard rock’s finest arena anthems and giving folks from all musical backgrounds a single banner to rally behind, drink to and of course – rock the f**k out with. There’s hardly a wedding, nightclub, biker bar, brothel or nursery in the country that doesn’t have a bit of the DC in stock and their on-going popularity is proven with each sell out tour they announce. Despite the sad loss of Malcom Young from the band last year and the more amusing / starling departure of drummer Phil Rudd a few months later, the DC keep on rolling and tonight they’re in Dublin to play, what MCD are calling – “the biggest gig of 2015“. Can they pull off a show as big as the hype around it?…….. of course, it’s AC/DC!

Ballsbridge is rammed with thousands of fans from every corner of the country and the mood is electric. Inside the area, the massive custom stage falls perfectly in line with the design of Aviva as the East and West stands collapse into the devil horned dome. With a lovely warm evening, well stocked bars and such a great atmosphere all in full swing – it’s finally time to enjoy some iconic rock ‘n’ roll.

IMG_3258AC/DC explode, rather than arrive on stage – shredding into their new album’s title track, ‘Rock or Bust’. From the go they sound incredible and look like a band in their element. They rocket through fan favourites such as ‘Shoot to Thrill’, ‘Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be’ and the iconic ‘Back in Black’ with the polished yet raunchy blues swagger that made them famous in the first place. Brian Johnson chats to the crowd, thanking everyone for their applause and expressing delight to be back in Ireland while Angus silently stalks the audience in his trademark uniform – flashing devil horns and his incredible guitar skill at every opportunity.

IMG_3254Newer songs like ‘Play Ball’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’ and ‘Baptism by Fire’ blend seamlessly into a set chocked with classics and receive far more than polite applause, but of course the real excitement comes out on more familiar numbers. ‘Dirty Deeds..’, ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Hells Bell’s and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ are crowning glories in the band’s set as they, incredibly enough, still build towards their biggest hits.

Screenshot (81)Dedicating ‘Have A Drink on Me’ to Ireland, Brian leads the band through ‘T.N.T’., ‘Whole Lotta Rose’, accompanied by a massive inflatable – all singing, all dancing Rosie behind the band before wrapping up their set with a mammoth performance of ‘Let There Be Rock’ – complete with an almost 15 minute long solo from the wholly worshiped guitar God; Angus Young. With that, the band regroup momentarily to say goodbye and depart to a standing ovation and rapturous applause.

IMG_3252After a few minutes wait, the stage lights up with pyros as Angus’ guitar fills the PA before the band arrive on to begin their encore with ‘Highway to Hell’, one of rock’s most beloved badass anthems. Angus and fans don the trademark devil horns and the area lights up with thousands of little red lights before the night finishes with raised cannons and explosions as the epic ‘For Those About to Rock’ thunders through the cheers.

No dirty deeds – just high voltage rock ‘n’ roll. Tonight AC/DC put on one of the best shows you could ever hope to see and if they return for a bigger gig next year, there’ll be no shortage of us to welcome them back.

UPDATED: DEF LEPPARD & WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE 2015 IRISH SHOWS

Posted in Gig Listing, Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Tickets There

10647129_927069097324156_852101478121906706_nTime to get majorly excited as the mighty DEF LEPPARD have announced they are returning to Ireland this December. The Lepps will be joined by their ultimate touring partners, Whitesnake and will kick off a ten date IRE & UK arena tour in Dublin’s 3Arena on December 6th, followed by Belfast’s Odyssey arena on the 7th. Support will come from Black Star Riders.

This is without a doubt the most exciting news old Tickets There has gotten in quite some time. Expect a lot of updates. LEPPARD!!!!!

Tickets go on sale 10:00 am, April 1st with the pre-sale starting on the 30th. Dublin tickets will range between €59.50 – €64.50 while Belfast tickets are all priced £49.50. Prices do not include booking fees.

December 2015:
6th – Dublin (3Arena)
7th – Belfast (Odyssey)
9th – Newcastle (Metro Radio Arena)
10th – Glasgow The (SSE Hydro)
12th – Birmingham (Genting Arena)
13th – Nottingham (Capital FM Arena)
15th – Manchester (Arena)
16th – Cardiff (Motorpoint Arena)
18th – London (SSE Arena Wembley)
19th – Sheffield (Motorpoint Arena)

ASH announce new album details and Irish tour dates

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Tickets There

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Happy ASH Wednesday indeed as the northern pop/rock legends have announced plans for their eagerly awaited new album and some very intimate tour dates for Ireland.

The band’s new album, KABLAMMO! is going to hit shelves on June 8th but you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste as the lads have just dropped their first single in agggessss for streaming. Scroll below to hear Cocoon. This will be the band’s first standard album since 2007’s Twilight of Innocents. After it’s release the band announced they’d be moving to releasing material on single format only before releasing their ‘A-Z’ series throughout 2009 and 2010.

Also, the lads have announced a UK and Eire tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the dates with the Irish ones being priced around €20.

18th FEBRUARY – LONDON BARFLY – **SOLD OUT**

7th JUNE – DUBLIN WHELANS

8th JUNE – BELFAST LIMELIGHT

9th JUNE – EDINBURGH LIQUID ROOM

11th JUNE – LONDON SCALA

12th JUNE – MANCHESTER SOUND CONTROL

VADER Announce Dublin show

Posted in Gig Listing with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Tickets There

10915685_763003087101759_137786310554534813_oWhat will you be doing on March 20th? Simple, you’re going to see VADER in the Voodoo Lounge.

The death metal legends will be swinging by Eire and playing Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge as part of their Blitz! Europe In Fire 2015 tour. They’re bringing HATE and one more band TBC with them. Hopefully the TBC will be announced as one of our own home grown, but we’ll see.

Tickets go on sale Wed, Jan 28th priced €23.50 inc. fees from ticketmaster and all usual outlets. All hail the mighty Vader!

Visit the official event page for more details.

Congratulations Hellfest!

Posted in News with tags , , on December 17, 2014 by Tickets There

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HELLFEST 2014 has one the best festival award at the French Festival awards. Congrats to all – once again, the greatest heavy metal line-up of any festival ever in this sex writer’s opinion. Well done!

Review: Behemoth – Live @ The Academy (Dec 11th, 2014)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2014 by Tickets There

IMG_0781A cancelled gig is always a bummer which can leave a bad taste in the mouth for years to come. That’s why Behemoth fans in Ireland must tip their hats to all the folks at DME and Behemoth themselves for saving the latter’s long awaited return to Irish shores this week. Awful weather conditions meant ferry cancelations this morning which left Decapitated, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth unable to reach Dublin for tonight’s show. Fortunately, with the help of a little luck and fiscal support – DME were able to get Behemoth to Dublin and fill in the support bill with locals Malthusian and Aeternum Vale. A Christmas miracle, you might say? (smug laugh).

IMG_0768The reduction in support didn’t seem to stop anyone coming tonight. The Academy is rammed from wall to wall and right from the start Behemoth ensure no-one, no matter who they originally came to see, is walking out of this venue tonight disappointed. Right from the start they have our bones trembling from their unrelenting force and stripped back, but no less imposing theatrics. There are bands out there who understand the nature of what live shows should be and go above and beyond to put on the most impressive performance and tonight that’s exactly what the Academy is treated to.

Of course, Behemoth don’t just rely on theatrics to get us going as they deliver an incredible set built from their latest album, The Satanist, as well as classics from their extensive back catalogue. ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ opens the show and even spurs the crowd to sing it back, a rare feat for a band playing a song from a new album after twenty years on the road. ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ swiftly follows and speeds up the pace as they hammer out incredible songs including ‘Conquer All’, ‘The Satanist’, ‘Christians to the Lions’ and many more before ‘Chant for Eschaton 2000′ closes their main set.

IMG_0774After an exhaustive set, Behemoth dim the lights and return in full black metal attire to deliver one final brooding song – the colossal closing number from The Satanist, ‘O Father O Satan O Sun’. An epic performance and easily one of our highlights of 2014. Hopefully it won’t be another ten years before we see them back in the emerald isle.

PSYKOSIS TO HEADLINE CARNAGE XMAS PARTY – THIS FRIDAY

Posted in Music on December 17, 2014 by Tickets There

1015972_763893830343942_7372709963214024291_oCLUB CARNAGE are holding their annual XMAS party this Friday, Dec 19th, in Fibber MaGees and PSYKOSIS have been announced as headliners. Now, ye all know where TT stands on Psykosis but since they’ve all refused my proposal and surrogate offers, I’m no longer in the business of praising their chiselled good looks, powerful performances or ridiculously savage set of tunes. Nope, you won’t be finding us mentioning any of that ever again.

Chemical Sacrament will be playing support (dying to see them) and it’ll be a good old late one. Doors are at 10 and it’s E5 on the door. Drink promos and all the woks included as usual. This will be a busy night so get in early and enjoy!

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