As the countdown to Bruce Springsteen’s Irish tour continues — it begins in Limerick on Jul 16 — eager fans will be excited to hear that his recent live sets have occasionally included one of his entire classic albums, either Born To Run or Born In the USA. Either way, the faithful should be happy with a repertoire that is sure to combine recent material from Wrecking Ball and old favourites.
Meanwhile, it’s no surprise that as 78-year-old Leonard Cohen gets closer to shrugging off this mortal coil, his religious beliefs have become increasingly important to him. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1996, it’s his Jewish faith that has sparked the rescheduling of two dates in Britain during the autumn so they wouldn’t clash with religious holidays. He remains on course to play at the O2 in Dublin on Sept 11 and 12.
Sticking with music’s elder lemons, Lou Reed was released from a Long Island hospital on Monday after being treated for dehydration. The 72-year-old New Yorker received a liver transplant in April. Finally, young whippersnappers Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am are fighting in the playground over the ‘I Am’ branding both claim as their own. Both multimillionaires have their legal teams working on the issue.
GIG WISE: Following a performance at Glastonbury and a chart-topping new album, Kodaline really are the Irish band of the moment. The Dublin outfit will play a ‘secret’ gig to 150 punters in their hometown on Wednesday, Jul 17, with tickets available through the Nokia website.
Veteran indie faves the Pixies have lined up a gig in Dublin, and they’ll be appearing at the Olympia on Nov 18, albeit without founding member Kim Deal, who again split with the band last month.
In Cork, the Boomtown Rats round off a superb week at the Marquee tonight, complete with support from local act Fred. Then it’s onwards to Christy Moore tomorrow and Jessie J, on Sunday.
Dance music legend Todd Terry is to do his DJ thing at Havana Browns tonight. Also on Leeside, the second Coughlan’s Live Music Festival at the Douglas Street bar will take place from Sept 26-30, with Lisa Hannigan, O Emperor and Iarla Ó Lionáird among the acts taking part.
The Pavilion also has a festival in the coming weeks with the Irieland event (Aug 2-4) featuring a host of Irish reggae soundsystems and DJs, as well as Jah Shaka from the UK.
LITERARY PURSUITS: Jasper Winn, right, produced one of the most enjoyable Irish travel books of recent years with Paddle: A Long Way Around Ireland. He’ll be giving a free talk about his adventures on Tuesday at the Great Outdoors in Dublin.
FILM TIPS: Over the next few days, Triskel Christchurch in Cork has French film Populaire, starring Bérénice Bejo, the actress who first came to our attention in silent flick The Artist.
Other films on the roster include Summer In February, set in Cornwall in the early 20th century; and a contemporary US spin on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
At the Light House in Dublin, the imminent arrival of Ennio Morricone (Jul 27 & 28) has inspired a season of films soundtracked by the Italian composer. It’s an impressive list that includes the likes of A Fistful of Dollars, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso.