There are still 152 days to Christmas, but if you fancy awarding yourself an early pressie, there’s some great Elvis memorabilia coming up for sale on eBay. Running as part of Elvis Week at the late singer’s home in Graceland, the auction includes one of his starburst jumpsuits and a signed guitar. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy Elvis’s two private jets, Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog, which are being kept as part of the permanent exhibition at the Memphis mansion.
Perhaps Katy Perry could sleep at Graceland until she gets her current house sales bother sorted. She’s trying to buy a convent in California, but some of the nuns have objected after looking up Ms Perry’s videos on YouTube. The New York Times reports that not even a visit to the convent, where Perry sang ‘Oh Happy Day’ and showed off her Jesus tatoo, were enough to assuage the nuns’ concerns.
Another showbiz act being dragged into controversy in the US are Def Leppard. The Sheffield rockers are due to appear at Iowa State Fair in August, an event also being attended by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, giving rise to speculation that the entrepreneurial politician will introduce them on stage. Cue an angry Facebook post from the band’s guitarist, Vivian Campbell: “Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn’t be associating my name with this clown.”
Presumably, Trump would get a similar reaction from Neil Young, but it’s always difficult to make predictions about the veteran singer’s politics. Outspoken on many environmental and other issues, Young still doesn’t fit the bill as a stereotype lefty, having famously said positive things about Ronald Reagan, and also including Israel in his tour schedule. On his current tour, the 69-year-old is providing a platform for members of an Apache group campaigning against the awarding of some of their land for mining use.
St Vincent played some superb shows in Ireland recently, and has continued her great month by receiving the dream present from her Vogue coverstar girlfriend, Cara Delevingne — a guitar signed by David Bowie.
Ed Sheeran at Croke Park dominates the gigs landscape over the weekend, and anyone going along who wants to catch the support should note that Gavin James takes to the stage at 6pm, followed by Bell X1 at 7pm, with those acts reversing times tomorrow.
And as another big summer gig gets ticked off the list, word reaches us of a winter warmer to help ease us through the dark days of November. A groovishly-inclined Metropolis (Nov 7-8) at the RDS in Dublin is headlined by The Roots, and features DJ sets from the likes of Mark Ronson, Todd Terje and Matthew Herbert.
Our planned review of Sinead O’Connor’s gig at the Big Top in Galway last night was undone by the 48-year-old’s cancellation earlier this week, citing exhaustion caused by an “existing medical situation”.
It was unfortunate for O’Connor, who has put in a busy year since the release of her most successful album in a long time, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, but John Grant stepped up the bill, and we will have a report on his performance in these pages tomorrow.
Inside Out from the Pixar stable is the big release this week for kids of all ages, while unashamedly grown-up adults can catch a rare decent-looking summer offering with Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw.
The Dublin Theatre Festival (Sept 24–Oct 11) launched an impressive lineup earlier in the week, with highlights including a production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa; and opera, The Last Hotel, from Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh.
From August 1, the Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere features an exhibition of work from recent graduates from various art colleges.