On Monday I was working on my feature about the up coming Do You Remember the First Time gig (http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/uhsearch/performancedetail.aspx?eventnameid=39372).
It involved six different interviews and will run this Friday in the Belfast Telegraph. On Saturday I’ll post the full feature, but for now, here’s a snippet from Michael McKeegan from Therapy?s answers.
How important do you think the Ulster Hall is in NI?
Michael McKeegan (bassist): “It’s a one-off, timeless venue with a lot of history under its belt. There’s not that many of those around in the world anymore, let alone Northern Ireland.”
What was your first gig there (either as a punter or performer or both)?
“The first gig I ever saw there was another N.I. three-piece, the mighty Mama’s Boys, I got crushed down the front and nearly passed out but still managed to get my programme signed by the band afterwards. The first Therapy? performance was totally surreal for all of us, especially having stood on the other side of the crash barrier so many times before. It had always been a dream of ours to play there.”
Any special memories of the place?
“My first ever Metallica gig with my hero Cliff Burton ripping it up is one to cherish (he tragically passed away 11 days later). Another great moment was in 1994 watching our support band CopShootCop from the wings as they proceeded to confuse, terrify and bulldoze the audience.”
How do you feel about playing Do You Remember the First Time?
“It’s our first live appearance in almost a year and we’re all delighted to be part of what is a pretty cool concept. It’s a short set but we intend to maximise the rock!”