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Review: Whitesnake – Live @ The Odyssey Arena, Belfast (May 16th, 2013)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by Tickets There

whitesnakeMaiden, Metallica, Sabbath and now Whitesnake – for some reason Dublin is missing out on a lot of high quality metal and rock shows these last couple of years; with the bands choosing to play up north instead. In some ways it sucks, but if you’re from the north it’s probably a long overdue welcome. In fairness, a few minutes walking around Belfast or nearly any other northern city/town and you see streets chock-full of Maiden, Motorhead, and Scorpions t-shirts; far more than you tend to see this side of the border. With that comes a high expectation of a good rock crowd for gigs though and tonight, that expectation isn’t met. It’s not Belfast’s fault, I’ve had great fun there before. It certainly isn’t Whitesnake or Thunder’s fault.…hmmmmm.

20130520-174249.jpgThunder bang on first; a hearty thirty minutes after the doors open. Despite the earliness of the show (and the strict no smoking rule in the Odyssey), there’s a throng of seated and standing fans in to witness the return of Thunder to the live arena. After several on / off years – the band are now on their first major tour in years with appearances at Download and Wacken also on the bill. They show their age slightly in the unadvised leaps in the air, beer bellies slipping out, and occasional sloppiness, but they go down well and have a laugh. Danny Bowes even manages to pull a few reluctant sing alongs out while those first pints ease us into relaxation.

Whitesnake, on the other hand, have rarely left the colossal amphitheatres they helped create. David Coverdale is a huge presence on stage and he wins his crowd through a perfect mixture of charisma, talent, charm and, of course, complete tongue in cheek cheesiness and comically refined expletives. David is rock’s greatest love poet and after 35 years at the helm of this band, still has the chops to back it all up. Yes, Tickets There is a fan.

20130520-174542.jpgWhitesnake emerge in great spirits with no pretention, bluster or pandering. Smiles beam from their faces as they cross the stage and see the packed room explode with delight. ‘Give Me All Your Love’ roars out sounding as sharp as it did in 1987. Although the crowd seem to out sing Whitesnake’s PA, there’s a distinct lack of atmosphere from some pockets and their merchandise, beige and stripped ‘recreational’ shirts and corduroy give the game away. They’re here for one thing – ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. That’s right, there’s a Journey show happening after Whitesnake and these guys have gotten in early. Most watch the show with the same enthusiasm they’d review the stocks on CNN. While Whitesnake shred through ‘Ready an’ Willing’, ‘Can You Hear The Wind Blow’ and the epic, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Again’, the older Journey fans stare blankly, sipping glasses of wine. The younger ones spend the time shouting at each other about the cheap brand WKD on sale and how they love ‘Thunderstruck’. Not the best mix for a rocking atmosphere.

20130520-174332.jpgOn stage, the snake continue to bash out a set nicely mixed between classic favourites like ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Gambler’ (lovingly dedicated to the memory of former WS guitarist, Mel Galley), to newer material ‘Love Will Set You Free, ‘Steal Your Heart Away’ and ‘Forevermore’. The roaring guitar duel between Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach shreds through the crowd before the battle continues with a taste of ‘Best Years’ and a final kicking of Whitesnake standards, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Fool For Your Loving’, ‘Here I Go Again’ and the number one – ‘Still of the Night’. Whitesnake gracefully bow and thank the crowd before departing into the warm Belfast night. This blogger takes a page from their book and scarpers. Journey fans are approaching the arena and f**k knows what could happen……something very exciting we’re sure….coughs.

(My sincerest apologies for the terrible photos. I hung on towards the back and yes, I regret that now…. and I may have been drinking)

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Meat Loaf: Farewell Tour Confirmed for Dublin & Belfast

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2013 by Tickets There

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MeatloafWord is in folks, MCD have confirmed Meat Loaf will be playing Belfast’s Odyssey Arena and Dublin’s O2 Arena on May 14th and 17th respectively. Tickets are priced €58.70 for Dublin (no confirmation on Belfast prices yet) and go on sale this Friday, march 1st at 09:00 am.

This will be Meat Loaf’s last visit to Ireland, a country he credits amongst other in Europe as keeping his career going throughout the 80’s and early 90’s. He visit as part of his ‘Last At Bat’ Farewell tour (as previously reported here).

  • May 14th 2013 – Meat Loaf: Belfast Odyssey Arena
  • May 17th 2013 – Meat Loaf: Dublin O2 Arena

If you’re planning on going then don’t forget to check out our 7 Essential Meat Loaf Accessories to bring with you.
 

UPDATED: Whitesnake & Journey Announce 2013 Belfast Date

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by Tickets There

The legendary Whitesnake and ‘those who shall not be named’ have announced a co-headling UK tour with a stop off at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on May 16th. Apparently those who shall not be named are closing the shows, which will give you loads of time to enjoy Whitesnake rocking the joint and then make it to the pubs long before closing. Unless… you like those who shall not be named and then Tickets There can only wish you luck. 9/Nov Update: THUNDER have been cofirmed as support in belfast as well as for the UK dates.

For those who aren’t familiar with ‘the sname’, it’s time to get educated and right proper quick like. If you think they’re just ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Here I Go Again’ then think again. Whitesnake are the blues rock bomb you’ve been waiting for. Don’t believe me? Have a listen to the tracks below and pray with me the snake will head down south for a solo show. Full list of tour dates are below the videos.

Thursday May 16th – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday May 18th – Glasgow SECC
Monday May 20th – Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
Wednesday May 22nd – Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Thursday May 23rd – Manchester Arena
Saturday May 25th – Capital FM Arena Nottingham
Sunday May 26th – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Tuesday May 28th – LG Arena Birmingham
Wednesday May 29th – Wembley Arena London

Def Leppard – Alice Cooper & Thin Lizzy Announce 2011 Dublin and Belfast Shows.

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Tickets There

Def Leppard has announced headlining shows in Dublin and Belfast with Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy coming along as special guests. The gigs are set to take place in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on June 7th and Dublin’s O2 Arena on June 8th.

Tickets are priced at €59.50 for Dublin and £41.50 for Belfast (+ booking fee all the way) and can be purchased from our dear old chums Ticketmaster.

Iron Maiden 2011 Belfast Date & UK Tour Announced

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Tickets There

Iron Maiden have announced a UK your set to kick off next July. The jaunt is the biggest UK tour the band have played in yonks and they’re even taking time to hop across the pond and wave those flags in dear old Belfast.

So far 10 dates have been announced, stretching from late July to early August with the Belfast show slotted in for August 3rd, but unfortunately for Irish fans, you’ll be facing train and bus charges as no Dublin date has been included in their European schedule. The full list of U.K. shows can be found below,

July 20 – Glasgow SECC
July 21 – Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena
July 23 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
July 24 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
July 27 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
July 28 – Manchester MEN Arena
July 31 – Birmingham NIA

August 01 – Cardiff CIA Arena
August 03 – Belfast Odyssey
August 05 – London O2 Arena

Maiden have promised to include a healthy dose of Old and new material in the set-list as well as brining a stunning light show and the one, the only Eddie! Tickets go on sale November 20th priced £40.

For more detials, check out MCD

Meat Loaf Announces Dublin & Belfast Shows

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on September 7, 2010 by Tickets There

The legendary (all intellectual properly rights respected) Loaf is returning to Ireland for the gazillionth time this year. The man who was a staple of Tickets There’s youth has announced shows in Dublin’s O2 Arena on December 18th and Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on the 20th.

Responsible form two of rocks greatest albums, Bat Out of Hell and its sequel, Bat out Of Hell II, Meat Loaf possesses one of the finest voices in music and delivers his performances with more power than the bikes he sings about.

Well worth catching and with tickets for Dublin priced at a mere €59.60+, you can’t go too wrong. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday @ 09:00am

Check out The Meat and Angelina Jolie below,

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