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Going to The Academy soon? Something you should see

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by Tickets There
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1960 / 2013 – The Adelphi ‘Then and Now’

I had the privilege of attending three shows at The Academy over the past month (I say privilege because deadly bouncers, nice bar staff and great crowds always make it a pleasure to visit) and that always leads to one thing for Tickets There – wistful smoke breaks that generally devolve into drunken lectures as the night lingers on. Why? Well it’s all technically because of a garage across the street… yup.

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Picture of Mick Jagger on stage at the Adelphi in 1965

Across from the Academy is the large beige façade of Arnotts car park. A looming, dull wall with a rectangle cut out on the ground level. Not noticeable, not notable and not something younger generations of gig goers would bother passing much heed of. But for those born after the 80’s (I’m not referring to myself there I’m afraid) or to those not from Dublin, there’s something a little more special about that car park than you might realize. Before Arnotts moved in, that garage used to be the Adelphi Cinema, the original iconic live music venue in Dublin.

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A ticket stub from The Beatles 1963 Dublin show

Now I’m not going to head into some rant about the amazing acts that played there, the travesty that it was pulled down and so on; I’ll leave that to The Guardian. But many, many influential artists played very high profile shows at the height of their careers in the Adelphi. Johnny Cash, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones are just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to this famous car park. The Beatles played their only show ever in The Republic at the Adelphi. Bob Dylan brought his infamous 1966 world tour to the theatre. It was the portal for the introduction of live rock ‘n’ roll to strict, Christian Ireland.

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Back Cover of the Bob Dylan, ‘Live At The Adelphi’ Bootleg

Fortunately, for those of you who wouldn’t be arsed paying money to see it as a museum (because really, staring at an empty stage is fun and all), the outside of the building is still very recognizable when compared to its 1960’s self (pretty decent of Arnotts to keep it recognizable in fairness). So if you’re at the Academy, pop out and have a look. It’s not important, it’s not very relevant any more really – but it’s kind of cool. Standing outside a purpose built live venue, you can see the roots of live pop/rock music in Dublin and see how far things have come… well, The Academy is nothing like a car park, but you get the picture. For those of you that didn’t I’ve included some.

The Adelphi (1939 – 1995)

Notable Shows at The Adelphi Theatre

Gardaí hold the crowd back at the top of Middle Abbey St. (The Beatles, 1963)

Then and Now: Gardaí hold the crowd back at the top of Middle Abbey St. (The Beatles, 1963)

NOV 7th 1963 – The Beatles (All manner of destruction and chaos followed the Beatles when they arrived on Abbey St. to play their one and only show on Republic soil. Cars were overturned and set alight, arrests were made, chaos reigned supreme! – and I thought this was a harmless Catholic country. That’s the Devil’s music for you. Wouldn’t catch Beatles’ fans carrying on like that these days. Check out the video below of the Beatles in Ireland for their only ever Republic show.).

JAN 7th 1965 – The Rolling Stones (2 Shows)

SEP 3rd 1965 – The Rolling Stones (2 Shows – The Stone’s last performances in Ireland before their 1982 headline slot at SLANE. The shows were featured in Charlie Is My Darling, a film focused on the Stones second two day tour of Ireland in 1965).

Bob Dylan onstage @ The Adelphi, 1966

Bob Dylan onstage @ The Adelphi, 1966

MAY 5th 1966 – Bob Dylan (Bootlegs can be obtained. Apparently the crowd became rowdy during the electric part of the set – however it’s been noted that recordings that ‘prove’ this actually came from Dylan’s show in Belfast the following night.)

May 17th 1966 – Johnny Cash

May 2nd 1967 – The Beach Boys (2 Shows – The Beach Boys first show at the Dublin Adelphi was a disaster, Carl Wilson was still half way across the Atlantic.So there was only 25% of The Beach Boys for their first performance in the Ireland. This was only made worse when Bruce Johnston attempted to fill out their programme by attempting to sing ‘God Only Knows’, ( Carl Wilson’s song ) and didn’t know the words .. ! The evening performance was slightly better. Carl Wilson had been rushed through Irish customs, got to the Adelphi, picked up a guitar and shot onto the stage for half of their performance. Now they were something more like 50% of The Beach Boys … ! – READ SOURCE HERE)

May 28th 1969 – Fleetwood Mac

Other artists who played the Adelphi over the years include Igor Stravinsky, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Marlene Dietrich, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, Helen Shapiro, Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, The Dubliners, Tom Jones, The Ronettes and more.

Bob Dylan – ‘ Just Like A Woman’ Filmed @ The Adelphi

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Buy all the Re-mastered Beatles Albums for only £200

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by Tickets There

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That’s right, you can own Please, Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, The White Album, Abbey Road, Let it Be and Past Masters all on a handy little Apple Shaped USB stick with extra’s n all for only £200 pounds.

Hang on a second. You don’t get the CD’s, you don’t get the artwork, you don’t get anything tangible other than this shitty (but well designed) little green USB stick that could easily break and boom, all the music gone in a heartbeat and they want their fans to pay 200 quid for this?? Aren’t some of these album forty years old at this stage? Couldn’t they maybe consider dropping the price by now? You could go out and but all these albums (plus more) on CD in Tesco for that price!!

If you’re a diehard then fair enough but folks, don’t fall for this kind of crap. Go and buy your albums. MP3 are soulless, poor quality and you need a whole computer just to use the fecking thing. Tickets There hates MP3’s!!!

The Beatles or KISS?

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , on October 3, 2009 by Tickets There

The Beatles, hard to k now if they’re the most sensibly boring group in history or the true overlords of all things music. Personally, I’m a Stones man, for them it wasn’t about what genius you could dream up while off your face on drugs, it was more about trying to play your biggest hit without falling of the stage while of your face on drugs.

Either way, the Beatles aren’t a party band. Imagine Hey Jude full blast in Ibiza! Doesn’t work, but KISS, KISS always works!! Check out the album covers below. Would you like to Meet the Beatles or go into the night with KISS

The Beatles or KISS?

“One of these bands likes to party, the other likes to pretend they’re German, Can you guess which ones which?”

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