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Review: Guns N’ Roses – Live @ The O2, Dublin (May 17th, 2012)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2012 by Tickets There

“Axl’s not coming, he fell off a table in Russia and isn’t allowed to fly at the moment”. Just leaving the central bar on O’Connell Street to catch the Luas down to the O2 and one waiter talks himself out of ever getting my custom again with that little comment. But then again, what’s a Guns N’ Roses gig without a little drama?

Entering the O2 tonight brings back some of those worries and dreads from 2010 (the elephant in the room), but these are dashed instantly as a completely different crowd and atmosphere await. There’s no-one falling over the place, spilling their blue WKD’s and roaring insults at everything in sight. There’s no booing, complaining or bickering. Instead there’s an excitement in the air and the sight of Thin Lizzy taking the stage only heightens that.

Anyone that’s caught the Irish legends over the past few years will attest that they are the strongest line-up of the band since their glory days with Philo. Brian Downey and Scott Gorham are still there, looking and sounding great but the show stealer is frontman, Ricky Warwick. He avoids the cliché of adopting Phil’s moves and style to the letter, choosing instead to inject his own road tested brand of rock n’ roll energy and deep vocals which boost the songs energy and the band’s performance. Tonight they magnetically blaze through classics such as ‘Emerald’, ‘Jailbreak’, ’Don’t Believe A Word’, ‘Cowboy Song’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ before finishing off with ‘Black Rose’, noted favourite of Guns singer Axl Rose. The announcement of a headlining show later in the year doubtfully went un-noted by tonight’s attendees. Now, on to the main event!

Lizzy leave the stage around 9:30 and it’s time to let the anticipation begin. Unlike Guns’s previous show in Dublin, the crowd tonight seem more than happy to wait things out as the bar queues extend, the smoking area expands and everyone kicks back and relaxes with good tunes coming from the PA. Before we know it, the house lights go dark and it’s time to rock n roll.

Under their massive video backdrop, guitarist DJ Ashba climbs on high to deliver the show’s signature opening of ‘Chinese Democracy’ before their legendary frontman explodes to life amidst a massive pyro display. The crowd give a rapturous welcome to the band as they commandeer every inch of the stage, taking no prisoners in their mission to give their fans the greatest show possible. Guitarists Ron Thal, Richard Fortus and especially DJ Asba barely stand still for a moment as they rocket from side to side, lapping up the crowds cheers and delivering note perfect performances while Axl’s razor sharp vocals and on stage magnetism conquers all. Despite persistent rumours that he’s gained hundreds of pounds in weight, lost his voice and is apparently stuck in Russia, he is on stage, looking incredible, sounding better than ever and 100% guaranteed – is not a hologram. Even with his very recent and very serious looking leg injury, Axl still dances and moves across the stage likes there’s no tomorrow, even climbing up to the podiums on either side to greet everyone.

Set classics such as ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘Mr. Brownstone’ and ‘Rocket Queen’ electrify the crowd while Chinese Democracy heavyweights ‘Sorry’, ‘This I Love’, ‘Street of Dreams’ and ‘Better’ bellow through the audience with incredible energy and force.

The band appears in great spirits, obviously delighted with the change since their last performance. Axl interacts on several occasions with the crowd even quipping that despite his leg injury (I’m) “probably moving a lot more than the last time I was here” before grinning and carrying on. Solo’s from the band add refreshing breaks from the onslaught of heavyweight classics and Chinese Democracy juggernauts and give each of the guys a chance to show the fans why they’re members of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Tommy Stinson performs ‘Motivation’, a song from his previous band The replacements. DJ Ashba moves in with his own ‘Mi Amor’ solo. Dizzy Reed gives us a little ‘Baba O’Riley’ from The Who and Ron Thal knocks out his take on the Pink Panther theme before slipping in a little ‘Danny Boy’ for the crowd.

You Could Be Mine’, ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’, ‘November Rain’ (preceded by Axl Rose’s piano solo) and ‘Don’t Cry’ deliver hit after hit before the band kick back with a cover of AC/DC’sWhole Lotta Rosie’ – doing the DC proud! The mighty and rarely heard ‘Estranged’ adds a wave of euphoria to those in attendance who swear it’s the bands greatest recorded moment before the epic ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and assaulting ‘Nightrain’ bring the main set to a close. Just when you think they’ve nothing left in them, the band return for a quick jam before launching into ‘There Was A Time’, one of the most accomplished songs in their arsenal before delivering ‘Civil War’ and one final blowout performance of ‘Paradise City’. With red confetti flying in the air, thousands of fans screaming and cheering the band on, Axl and co bow before their final signoff – three hours after walking on stage, “Thanks for coming out, thanks for putting up with my lame ass and thanks for not throwing shit”. Anytime Mr. Rose because good things come to those who wait – come back soon!

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Guns N’ Roses Announce Thin Lizzy as Dublin support

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Tickets There

Can I get ‘ah hell yes’? Legendary rock band, Guns N’ Roses have just announced fellow legends Thin Lizzy as special guests for the latter’s Dublin O2 show on May 17th. The bands won’t be strangers on the night as Gun’s guitarist, Richard Fortus, toured with Lizzy last summer including the band’s support slot at Def Leppard and Alice Cooper’s O2 arena show last June.

The current Lizzy line-up includes old names Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton as well as new comers Rick Warwich (The Almighty), Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper / Sammy Hagar) and Marco Mendoza (the most awesome name in the band). Anyone that caught their show last year will pounce at the chance of catching them in May.

Tickets for the show are on sale now from €64.50 and available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy two incredible bands on one stage this year.

GunsNRoses.com

MCD (GN’R @ MCD)

Thin Lizzy Announce 2012 Dublin Gig

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by Tickets There

Thin Lizzy will return to their spiritual homeland this August with a freshly announced show at Dublin’s Olympia. The show takes place on 16th of August with tickets going on sale Friday, march 9th priced €35.50.

The current line-up of the band features classic members Scott Gorham and Brian Downey, as well as Rick Warwick on vocals, Darren Wharton on Keyboards, Damon Johnson on guitars and Marco Mendoza on bass. They last played Ireland in June 2010 when they opened for Alice Cooper and Def Leppard at the O2. If that show was anything to go by, this date will be a blinder.

DATE: August 16th VENUE: The Olympia TICKETS: €35.50 – on sale March 9th @ 09:00 from Ticketmaster outlets

NEWS: Forbidden Fruit 2012 Line-Up Announced.

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by Tickets There

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It’s here folks, the 2012 Forbidden Fruit line-up cam.er out this morning and as promised it’s three days of quality acts at reasonable prices. Day tickets cost €49.50, two day ticket will set you back €89.50 while a full three day pass will come at a very reasonable €115. But you’re hardly likely to buy anything if we don’t tell you who’s playing J

Leftfield, Wilco, James Vincent McMorrow, Death Cab For Cutie, Death in Vegas, Rarely Seen Above Ground and the amazing NEW ORDER are all included with many more names spread across the three days and a promise of more to come.; Check out their website for more details.

Official website: http://forbiddenfruit.ie/

Guns N’ Roses 2012 Dublin Show: Exciting Possibilities

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by Tickets There


Fans could be in for a seriously delicious treat when Guns N’ Roses hit the O2 on may 17th. Denis Desmond has stated the band will be using Ireland as a rehearsal base before they hit the road for a European trek in May, June and July and Dublin will be the kick off show for that tour. (Axl himself requested a show in Dublin to clear up ‘unfinished business’ with his Irish fans. For those pessimists out there, that means Axl wants to come back and rock the house with Guns, just like they do everywhere else in the world.

Now the exciting bit (yes, even more exciting). Since Dublin will be the kick off show, Irish fans may get to experience a show similar to that seen in Taipei and Seoul back in 2009 where Guns played up to 3.5/4 hours a night, playing over 25 songs. There could be new material, live tests – the works!

Either way, you’re still in for a three hour show, packed full of their excellent new material and the classics. Once again, bring it ON!

Happy Mondays Announce Olympia Date (Updated)

Posted in INTO-NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Tickets There

**UPDATED – 31st January 2012 – TICKET INFO**

Tickets are priced €49.65 incl. booking fee and on sale this Friday, February 3rd at 10am from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie
Original Post Below…

Happy Mondays indeed! News has just reached Tickets There (cheers Bru) that the original Happy Monday’s line-up are playing a number of dates in May and yes, there’s an Dublin one!. May 15th. The MADFORIT-MunDAYS will hit Dublin’s Olympia theatre for a nice of thrills, pills and dare we say –  bellyaches? Oh fact, this will be the Monday’s first Irish gig since 2007 when they also played the Olympia on their Uncle Dysfunktional (savage album) tour!

Expect to see Shaun, Paul, Bez, Rowetta and the gang have also been tipped to land support for the reformed (and far less fun) Stone Roses when they return to Manchester stages later this year. If this will go ahead or not is still to be confirmed. The full list of dates announced so far can be found below, we’ll follow up with price and sale date for Dublin as soon as we know it.

Oh, and did we mention they’re bringing Inspiral Carpets as support? You like that, don’y you 🙂

May 2012 – Happy Mondays May 2012 Tour Newcastle O2 Academy (3) Glasgow 02 Academy (4) Manchester Arena (5) Sheffield O2 Academy (6)] Bournemouth O2 Academy (9) London O2 Academy Brixton (10) London O2 Academy Brixton (11) Birmingham O2 Academy (12) Dublin Olympia (15) Leeds 02 Academy (17) Nottingham Rock City (18)

JAPE Announce Pre-Paddy’s Day Whelan’s Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music with tags , , , on January 26, 2012 by Tickets There

JAPE has announced a gig in Whelan’s for Friday, March 16th. Currently in the middle of their Ocean of Frequency tour around the country, Jape will return to the capital in less than two months to blow the roof of the legendary Wexford street venue. Tickets are on sale now priced €16.50 (€15 on the door).

Since Tickets There is unfortunately missing his Leitrim gig next week, you can guarantee we’ll be at this one! Official press release and all that jive is available on the Whelan’s site – http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8043