Review: Ash – Live @ Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin (March 20th, 2010)

Always a dodgy things these free, invite only promo gigs. It’s either going to be a small room, located in a budding, hip – fashion friendly district of town with The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin jamming in the corner while people look elsewhere, laughing prolifically and sipping champagne. Or, they can be like tonight’s RU7up4It home coming for the winners of the Bring Them Back For The Craic campaign, with Downpatrick legends Ash and local Dublin soul, funk, pop consortium, Republic of Loose, leading festivities. A good night had by all.. to say the least!

Andres Lane Theatre isn’t a venue we have a whole pile of experience with but, being greeted by tall young models tonight is surely going to remain one of our fondest memories. Unfortunately the experience was memorizing enough to completely distract us from Republic of Looses’ efforts on stage, but from what we gathered, they did a pretty good job. They certainly had everyone else in top form anyways. (not very professional to write things like that lads, at least lie – Ed)

Tickets There has dedicated a lot of space to pop / rock legends Ash recently and tonight’s gig proves this hasn’t been in vain. The trio burst straight into Lose Control with the same adrenaline and youthful exuberance that made them so fun in the first place. They follow up with a cover of The Undertones, Teenage Kicks before kicking into a blistering version of TT’s personal favorite, A Life Less Ordinary. Not running out of steam early, the band deliver a hard hitting greatest hits set that see’s them visit almost every album in their catalogue (Nu-Clear Sounds being the exception).

Not to be upstaged by their past, the band play several tracks from their current A-Z singles which fit perfectly amongst the new material, so much so that the classic Girl From Mars falls pale in the face of the techno stomping Return of White Rabbit, which closes the show.

Amidst the chants for ‘One More Tune’, Tim returns to the stage, cheekily apologizing that unfortunately the band are prepared to play three more tracks and hopes we’ll be appeased. Single C of the A-Z series, Arcadia explodes through the PA, rejuvenating the now tired crowd before a cover of Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey In The Jar, with ROL’s Mick Pyro on vocals, brings the house down. Tim, grinning as always, announces how wonderful it is to “visit Dublin to cover a Metallica song”, before the band launch into a set closing, Burn Baby Burn and leave the stage as conquering heroes.

Lose Control
Teenage Kicks
A Life Less Ordinary
Shinning Light
Joy Kicks Darkness
Kung Fu
You Can’t Have It All (Not 100% sure this was played)
Angel Interceptor
Neon
Yeah
Jack Names The Planets
Space Shot
Walking Barefoot
Orpheus
Twilight of The Innocents
Girl From Mars
Return of White Rabbit

Arcadia
Whiskey In The Jar
Burn Baby Burn

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