A ripple of excitement flowed through the bones of Bruce Springsteen fans earlier this week with the news that he’s to tour The River in the US next year.
He’ll concentrate on songs from that 1980 album, presumably filling out his famously long sets with tracks from various other eras. He recently released The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a boxset that features concert footage, a book and two CDs of music.
Another man cashing in on his back catalogue is Noel Gallagher, whose ‘Half The World Away’ B-side has taken on a new life as a cover by Aurora for the soundtrack to the John Lewis Christmas ad.
“At least it comes with a cheque, which, believe me, is highly worthwhile,” he explained on BBC2.
Finally, Peter Gabriel had us jobbing journos worried a few years ago when it was reported that he was training monkeys to use keyboards. Fortunately for us, it turned out to be music keyboards.
But now, the former Genesis frontman is working on a project with Massachusetts Institute of Technology to see if primates could use video technology to communicate with each other via the internet.
Yes, it probably will result in more cute kitten videos on YouTube.
The Everyman has been confirmed as the new venue for the visit to Cork by Villagers on January 24, following the closure of the Savoy. It’ll be an all-seated show.
The same venue also has a number of interesting gigs on the way over the next week, with Delorentos playing an acoustic set there on Sunday; and Glen Hansard doing his bit for the Right2Homes charity on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Live at St Luke’s kicks off its December series tonight with Little Green Cars. A slight change at the venue this time around, as it’s BYO, with no glass allowed.
Tickets went on sale yesterday for Olly Murs at Live at the Marquee on July 7.
Just five more sleeps before Star Wars fans get to see The Force Awakens.
In the meantime, you may be brave enough to go see the Jolie-Pitt family effort that is By The Sea, but reviewers have not been kind.
A bit further on, and must-sees will include Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (January 8), and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room (Jan 15).
We won’t see Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG until July, but there’s already a trailer doing the rounds of the live action film. Mark Rylance is playing the giant and we suspect he’s the perfect man for the job.
Triskel Christchurch in Cork has its annual season of Christmas films running from next Thursday to Dec 23, with It’s a Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Bad Santa and Gremlins in the line-up.
The same venue has French- Argentinian film, Love, from Sunday, complete with real sex scenes. It’s OK — it’s art, so you don’t have to feel guilty.
For TV watchers, RTÉ has lined up the rather decent Coen brother’s version of True Grit for Christmas night, while the first of The Hobbit films, and Lincoln are also on the roster for subsequent days.
It’s all about pantos at the moment, but if you look closely enough, there are some alternatives.
Conall Morrison has directed a version of George Bernard Shaw’s 1897 play You Never Can Tell, at the Abbey in Dublin until January, while Cork Opera House is one of the venues showing a screening live from London of The Winter’s Tale, starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh on Jan 22.
The Opera House also has The Improvised Panto running at 10.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, while Chatty Boo productions have their adult panto, Malice in Wonderland, currently on at the Spailpín Fánac in Cork.