Legendary Irish rockers U2 have spoken about the pressure they felt to ‘get it right’, with their song that will feature on the new film about the life of Nelson Mandela.
In an interview with Vogue magazine, guitarist the Edge admitted they took extra care in writing “Ordinary Love”, given the importance of the film and Mandela’s story.
Ronan Keating, lead singer Boyzone, has admitted it was a mistake the band going on tour so soon after the death of band member Stephen Gately.
Gately was an original member of the band who enjoyed global success in the 1990s. They split in 2000 before re-forming for a comeback tour in 2007.
Sinead O’Connor has criticised her native Ireland and said she prefers living in America. In comments on her online journal, the singer accused Ireland of being “still in the witch burning Middle Ages”.
She said she feels lonely when in Ireland, because locals are stuck in the past, and don’t appreciate people who are different, adding: “The music business was created – for people like all us rockers. There’s no f**kin sense of rock and roll in Ireland at all. It’s a very lonely place for me consequently.”
Dublin will return to the days of Beatlemania this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group’s visit to the city. There are gigs, tours, plays and quizzes all taking place over the next few days.
The Beatles performed two shows at the Adelphi cinema in 1963 and though they were only in town for one day, they certainly made a lasting impression. More than 300 fans welcomed the band when they arrived at Dublin airport and the two gigs they performed led to pandemonium in and around the venue.
Belfast councillors are keeping hold of 500 tickets for the concert to celebrate Van Morrison being granted the ‘freedom of the city’. The 68 year old will perform on 15th November after the council voted that the music legend should receive the honour.
The concert will be at the Waterfront Hall, which has a capacity of 2,250, but the council has angered locals by only releasing around 80% of tickets on general sale. 500 tickets have been reserved for the members of the council, with each of the 51 elected representatives receiving four tickets. A number will also be taken up by members of the music industry, special guests of Van Morrison and other VIPs.