https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCMy6kq5ZA0 You’d miss R.E.M. all the same, wouldn’t you ? Easily one of the best, certainly one of the most prolific and without doubt one of the most subversive of them all stepped off of the travellator for the last time in 2011, thirty-one years after they’d assembled in Athens, Georgia, from where they launched some of... Continue Reading →
STEELY DAN: LIVE AT THE 3 ARENA, DUBLIN. OCTOBER 28th, 2017.
It was because of Mark Cagney’s perenially classy late night radio show on Radio 2, ‘The Night Train’, that I was first alerted to the wonder of Donald Fagen and, as a consequence, Steely Dan, the band – in the loosest of terms possible - that Fagen first roughly sketched out with Walter Becker in... Continue Reading →
THE SMITHS IN CORK, 1984
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uImrH3X-TMI It was shortly after midnight, early on Wednesday morning, July 29th, 1987, and it was Mark Cagney, host of ‘The Night Train’ on RTÉ Radio 2FM who, as serenely as ever, broke the news. Home alone, and with the rest of my family off on holidays, I’d been in the habit of keeping the radio on... Continue Reading →