Former Porcupine Tree mastermind turned solo artist Steven Wilson returns to Ireland next week for shows in Belfast and Dublin. David Roy quizzed the cult favourite post-prog rocker about going 'pop' with current album To The Bone
FRESH from a stand-out concert in Belfast last month – they rocked the SSE Arena with their power pop on February 6 before heading down the road for three sold-out nights at the 3Arena – Dublin rockers The Script will soon be back again when they headline at Belsonic on June 24.
FRIGHTENINGLY long-in-the-tooth rock combo The Rolling Stones – average age 74 – are back on the road this summer with their No Filter tour, which will kick off at Dublin's Croke Park on May 17 with the largest stadium show of their latest run of dates.
HELLO Vinnie, what are you up to this afternoon? We're just getting all the last bits and bobs together for the tour – clothes and lights, restringing guitars, fixing broken keys and all that sort of stuff.
Today Hue & Cry – The Empire, Belfast King Kong Company – The Limelight 2, Belfast Gnarkats, N/A – Asissi Animal Sanctuary benefit, McHugh’s, Belfast, 8pm Join Me In The Pines – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Mist – The Limelight, Belfast Saturday March 3 Skid Row, Toseland – The Limelight, Belfast Mick Flannery, LemonCello – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Blue Whale – The Black Box, Belfast Cherym, Mosmo Strange – Bennigan’s, Derry Eliza & Martin Carthy – Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy Sunday March 4 Ronnie Greer Organ Band, Jim Mullen – The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday March 6 Sister Ghost, Roe, Fox Colony etc – Bar Sub, QUBSU, Belfast Willy Mason – Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor Wednesday March 7 Chris Difford (Squeeze) – The Empire, Belfast Listener, Levi The Poet, Born Only Yesterday etc – Voodoo, Belfast Catherine McGrath – Oh Yeah, Belfast JD Allen Trio – The Black Box, Belfast Chirs Jones & The Night Drivers – Titanic Concert Room, Clayton Hotel, Belfast, 8pm Lucy Bell, Owen Denvir, Cora Kelly, Owen Lamont – From Belfast to Nashville, Syrian Room, Clayton Hotel, Belfast, 9pm Brett James, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon – Olympic Ballroom, Clayton Hotel, Belfast, 9.
1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it? I was an early starter playing traditional Irish music but I never thought about a career in music until met members of Bagatelle in 1978 and left my full time job as shipping manager for BP Ireland.