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U2 were due to begin their Innocence and Experience tour in Vancouver yesterday, but it would have probably been a mixed experience for the band, considering they had spent part of this week in Dublin at the funeral of Larry Mullen Sr, father of the group’s drummer.
Mullen Sr had passed away on Sunday at the age of 92. Apparently U2 will play in Ireland at some stage as part of the current tour, but details have yet to be worked out.
Meanwhile, it looks like Jimi Hendrix might get a proper biopic at last. The legendary guitarist’s estate has given the green light for his music to be used in a project helmed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, etc). We’ve already had André Benjamin of Outkast star as Hendrix in All Is by My Side, but that Dublin-made film couldn’t secure rights to any of the late star’s music. There’s no word on casting yet for this project.
Who’d win in a fight between Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams? We could soon find out as, in a legal sense at least, the two British stars are battling over plans by the former Take That singer to expand his west London home. The Daily Mail reports that Page has been enlisting planners and architects to stop his neighbour’s extension.
Promising albums on the way include Hot Chip’s Why Make Sense on Tuesday; and How Big How Blue How Beautiful from Florence + The Machine on May 29.
Tom Jones impressed at the Marquee in Cork last year, and the 74-year-old has announced four gigs for Ireland next month, including the Olympia in Dublin on June 16; and INEC, Killarney, on June 19.
Conor O’Brien of Villagers has been quite vocal in his support for the marriage equality referendum so, depending how Friday’s vote goes, his gigs next weekend in Cork Opera House and the Big Top in Limerick could either be celebratory occasions, or something a bit more reflective. We’ll have an interview with Mr Villager in these pages on Tuesday.
Cork duo Young Wonder are already creating quite a buzz with their debut album, Birth, and they’ll be doing their live thing at the Savoy tomorrow.
On the same night, Yes Equality Cork promises burlesque, music and more at the Crane Lane.
Indiependence (July 31 — August 2) in Mitchelstown has announced its daily lineup, with Basement Jaxx headlining on Friday, Ash topping the bill on Saturday and Kodaline taking top spot on the Sunday. A number of day tickets went on sale today.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the big release this weekend, while those looking for films of a slightly smaller scale should head along to the Young Americans festival at Triskel in Cork. It features a selection of recent independent films from the US, some of which have never had a release on this side of the Atlantic.
In Dublin, the Light House cinema is planning a season of Bill Murray films through June.
ALL AND SUNDRY:
Simply Red and Rudimental are among the guests on Later With Jools Holland on Tuesday on BBC Two, while tonight’s repeat show features longer sets from the likes of Father John Misty, Soak and Paul Weller.
Dance Limerick has a dance show for children by German choreographer Celestine Hennermann on Saturday 30 May that explores the movement of animals.
In Cork, Ríonach Ní Neill has been appointed dance curator at Firkin Crane.
Robert Fisk has been added to the bill of the Lismore Festival of Travel Writing (June 11-14).
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