Metallica-Belfast, May 11, 2010

30 11 2009

It may have taken the lazy buggers 20years to get here, but Metallica are back in Belfast next year. If rumours are to believed this gig will be their only UK/Irish performance in 2010 and there may be another date at the Odyssey on the cards, but for now content yourselves with the fact that we’re getting to see such a big band in a small (for them) venue.

MCD Presents

METALLICA – Show In The Round

Tickets On Sale This Thursday 03 December

Metallica have confirmed a concert at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 11 May 2010.

Tickets priced from £49 including booking fee go on sale this Thursday 03 December at 9.00 am.


Tickets on sale this Thursday 03 December at 9.00 am In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide From Ticketmaster By Telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland – 0844 277 44 55, ROI – 0818 719 300 Book On Line: The Odyssey Arena, Belfast Odyssey Arena Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074 Book On Line:

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We’re jumping ahead to May as we continue to roll out the dates for 2010 a few at a time. It’s been over 20 years, so needless to say, we are looking forward to returning to Belfast on May 11 at the Odyssey. Tickets go on sale December 3 and Met Club members should check for pre-sale info.

A Quickie With Dickie

30 11 2009

A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Dick Valentine from Electric Six for a regular column in Hot Press called “A Quickie With.” I expected him to be a bit “wacky,” but really didn’t expect him to be quite so much of a maniac/bin lid. Still, he was good fun, if a little unhinged. Here’s the reprint…

A Quickie With…

Dick Valentine from Electric Six  

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I’m sitting in the passenger seat of our van and I’m in the middle of driving from California to San Francisco.

First record to send a shiver up your spine?

I would have to go for U2’s first record. It was called Pop [author’s note-yes we know Pop wasn’t their first album…].

First gig you ever attended?

I went to see the Doobie Brothers with my mom in 1977. It was an outdoor amphitheatre kinda thing. It was the 70s, my mom was a young mom and I was like five years old and during the intermission they said they were going backstage to roll up a doobie and everyone cheered.

First gig you played?

It was at the Troy High School Talent Show. I was actually playing the drums for my friend-I didn’t even go to that high school. I was just laying down the beats. At that time the Sundays and Echo and the Bunnymen were really big then and we played jangly Rickenbacker pop kinda stuff. He didn’t even have lyrics-he was just doing instrumentals. I was happy playing in a band so I didn’t really question it.


 Embarrassing thing you’ve done while drunk?

I haven’t done this in a long time-but during my college days I would get belligerent and pick fights with women. Thankfully that’s all behind me and I now have incredible relationships with women. Now I’m getting old I’m becoming more like the Hugh Hefner type. I’m very nurturing to women now.

Favourite Spinal Tap moment?

There are times when you’re at a venue and you can’t find your way to the stage and so forth, but believe it or believe not our band doesn’t have many of those moments (he says as we drive off the road…). No I’m just kidding [Dick puts on his best serial killer laugh].

Last record you bought, blagged or downloaded?

I haven’t bought a record in 97 years. Maybe if I go and see a friend’s band I’ll maybe buy a record then, but probably not.

What shite jobs have you had in the past?

The worst job I ever had I only kept for a day and half. I was a fish scaler. I worked in the fish freezer and I scaled fish using a scaling machine. They said that if I worked hard enough I’d get to be a driver someday and deliver the fish to the restaurants but then I was told by somebody who worked there for four years that he still didn’t get made a driver so I walked out.

Song you would like to have played at your funeral?

I would like to have ‘Almost Paradise’ by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson [taken from the Footloose soundtrack]. There’s a lyric that goes “We’re knocking on heaven’s door” and I’d like to think that Mike Reno will be escorting me to heaven’s door some day.


Electric Six play the Academy, Dublin on December 5.

Lady GaGa-Bad Romance

25 11 2009

I’ve already harped on ad infinitum about how amazing I think Lady GaGa is, but if you need further proof that she’s one of the best pop stars of the decade-take a look at this video-

News From The North Week 44

24 11 2009

This fortnight’s Hot Press is on the stands now  so here’s a reprint of the previous issue’s NI bands column!


Words: Edwin McFee

This fortnight Two Door Cinema Club escape from the studio for a bit to play a very special home coming show indeed. The Mandela Hall in Belfast is the venue of choice, the date for your diaries is Nov 17 and the bash is curated by the folks at BBC Introducing. Two Door are keeping the Northern end up on the bill which also features Scotland’s Twin Atlantic, Wales’ Save Your Breath and England’s Pulled Apart By Horses and the show should be a belter. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even better news if you’re financially challenged in the run up to Crimbo-it’s free in, so you’ve got no excuses.

Southern fried retro rockers (who also boast an impressive array of hats) Jackson Cage cross the border into parts unknown on Nov 24. Well, when we say “parts unknown” we actually mean Dublin and the venue they’re playing in is Whelan’s, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a dramatic introduction. Aided and abetted by Ten Gallon Hat, Jackson Cage are highly recommended to those who are a bit partial to the likes of Crazy Horse and early Springsteen and you can listen to some new live tracks on their MySpace

Keeping it country for a second, Louisiana Joyride are offering free whiskey for everyone at the moment. What’s the catch, we hear you ask? Well, ‘Whiskey’ is actually the name of a song and not that sweet, sweet alcoholic nectar but hey, free songs are free songs. You can download the track by visiting and as if that wasn’t enough, the band also celebrate the release of their debut EP ‘The Journey Through’ on Nov 13 with a gig at McHugh’s in Belfast. Captain Cameron are also on the bill and at the time of going to press admission is TBC.

They’ve been bubbling just under the radar since their inception in 2005 and now it seems that the mosh-tastic Exit Wound are ready to step things up over the next few months. On Nov 20 they play a gig at the Rugby Club in Limavady and are set to head into the studio before Christmas. The boys are also keen for Hot Press to let you know that they are well up for any gig offers, so if you prefer things a little on the heavy side (and we’re not talking about all you closet chubby chasers) then give them a shout on their


17 11 2009

Well, it looks like Ken Branagh has found his actors to play the Warriors Three in the up coming Thor film (out May 2011). As it turns out, the film seems like it’s going to be a bit of an Irish love-in with the director being from Belfast, Stuart Townsend (who plays Fandral the Dashing) hailing  from Dublin, Ray Stevenson (who plays Volstagg the Voluminous) was originally born in Lisburn and Tadanobu Asano (who plays Hogan the Grim) lives on the High Walk in Newry (OK, I’m only joking about that last one…).

So-to sum up-we’ve got these dudes as Thor’s mates-

…and in the comics they look like this-

I can’t wait. Have a look here for more info!

The Stupids NME Review

17 11 2009

And now, the end is near……

Yes readers, the thing I hate most about being a journalist  (compiling a ‘Top 20 Albums of the Year’ list for some of the places I write for) has reared its ugly head once more. Now I’m hopeless at this sorta thing. For some reason my mind always goes blank when people ask me my favourite (insert random word here). A  few weeks ago I got my Top 20 Albums and Singles outta the way for NME and this week I’m not only doing my Albums/Singles of the year for Hot Press, but I’ve also gotta put together a list for the decade too. EEP!

Anyway, while I’m trying my best to remember a pretty odd decade, here’s a review of an album that won’t make the list…





Sometimes things are better left in the past. Whether it’s Pat “Funhouse” Sharp’s hair or MC Hammer assuring us we can’t touch him, certain foibles should just be forgotten about. For all its obvious charms, punk rock is no different, but ever since Johnny Rotten pissed on the memory of the Pistols by jumping on the reunion bandwagon, there’s been a host of pretenders following suit. The Stupids are one such band and ‘The Kids Don’t Like It’ is their first record in 21years. In many ways they’re like those old dudes in 80s movie Cocoon-their mind is willing but their body is weak. Songs like ‘Hate Hate’ may bleed with the same bravado of old, but ultimately we’re left feeling it’s about time they changed the record. Edwin McFee

DOWNLOAD: ‘Feel the Suck’

Big Gig 8-Friday, Nov 27

16 11 2009

Hot Summer, What A Bummer Part 3

16 11 2009

The final festival I was at this summer was the much talked about Glasgowbury in County Derry. According to the ramblings of some internet user names, this bash is the best thing to happen since Fonzie stuck his boot up the jukebox in Arnolds’ hole and while I appreciate the spirit of the event, I wasn’t quite as spell bound as others.

Still, a fun day was had and here’s the reprint of my review that ran in Hot Press.


Eagles Rock, Co. Derry

Nestled in between some mountains, Glasgowbury might be a bit scarce on bogs and burger vans, but it more than makes up for the lack of facilities with the amount of talent on offer. Featuring a veritable truck-load of NI acts plus one Free State interloper the Mighty Stef (more on them later) the festival is more of a statement than anything else-telling the major labels and mainstream bands to get screwed, in the nicest possible way of course. With literally dozens of performers filling up four tents, it’s impossible to see everyone, so here’s a brief taster of the cream of the crop.

New kids on the block We Are Resistance put in an encouraging performance during the afternoon as did Furlo, who packed their tent out, but things really kicked off once the Black Bear Saloon arrive onstage a little bit later on. Despite a shaky start (and by “shaky” we don’t mean they played a cover of ‘Green Door’) the four-piece find their groove three songs in with the phenomenal ‘Face The Future.’ Frontman Aaron is clearly relishing the chance to perform outside of Belfast for a change, promising free blowjobs for all and bigging up guitarist Peter’s, er, unique skills. By the end of their hook-laden, groove-fuelled set the tent fills up just in time for the singer to successfully encourage everyone to push themselves against the barrier so he can “have a Joe Dolan moment and touch everyone’s hands” during ‘First Against the Wall.’ Classic stuff.  Hopefully this show will mark the rise in the ranks of the Black Bear Saloon, as frankly they’re getting far too good to be ignored for much longer.

Dutch Schultz put on a tight as hell performance too with Willy clearly in his element, shaking a bottle of Buckfast at the crowd, bemoaning the fact that they don’t make good porn anymore and generally blowing the heads off the front row with ‘LA Cumfucker.’ Sadly the usually impressive Mojo Fury don’t quite click today though. We’re not sure whether it’s the newer material or their lack of life onstage that’s hampering the set, but by the time we see frontman Mike in his other incarnation as singer of the weird and wonderful Clown Parlour, he seems much more at home playing odd, vaudeville-inspired songs than with his day job so maybe he just needs a break.

The Beat Poets on the other hand just seem to get better with every show. New song ‘One By One’ gives us an excellent teaser for the long awaited new album, ‘Ghosts’ has a nasty bassline and a filthy chorus and final song ‘Bloodline’ is now a bona fide fist in the air anthem. The great acts just keep coming too, with The Mighty Stef’s brand of booze-inspired shanties making a believer out of this writer, Here Comes the Landed Gentry charming everyone with their mash-up of blues and rockabilly and sounding like Satan’s house band (they even play an encore) and LaFaro bludgeon the crowd with their utter sonic violence.

 Local indie pin-ups General Fiasco also put on a hell of a show with the normally soft-spoken Owen maturing into the consummate frontman. There are definitely a few songs you could describe as filler in their set (‘First Impressions’) but the sheer pop suss of ‘Rebel Get By’ and ‘Ever So Shy’ mark the boys out to be next year’s potential headliners. Finally it’s left up to And So I Watch You From Afar to close things in style. Their take on instrumental punk rock has made them one of the most exciting Irish bands on the scene right now and ‘Clench Fists, Grit Teeth, Go!’ and ‘Set Guitars To Kill’ are fast becoming as essential as oxygen. In a perfect world ‘A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way’ would be the NI national anthem, but for now, we’ll settle for it being the unofficial soundtrack to Glasgowbury ’09. See you all next year.

Edwin McFee

More Skinny Man!

12 11 2009

Fuck it, I enjoyed that ‘Replacement Man’ video so much, here’s a few more. Honestly-if you’ve any shred of good taste, get your arses to this gig.



The Night Marchers/Dan Sartain

12 11 2009

It’s been a bit of a mad one today. Two phoners, one written interview and two columns and I’ve more to do later on. Tomorrow when I’ve a bit of free time I’m gonna post up my interview with Brody Dalle from the summer, but for now I’m putting up a video of the insanely under-appreciated Dan Sartain, who plays the Black Box in Belfast next Wednesday.