As part of Celticfest 2006, screening of a documentary on the former lead singer of the Pogues, and his drug- and alcohol-fueled downward spiral. March 16, 9 pm, Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe). Tix $8.50, info 604-688-FILM.
U2 stole the show at tonight’s Meteor Ireland Music Awards as the rock band swaggered away with three awards at their home town event.
The band, who have been topping the charts for over 20 years, successfully fended off newcomers to rake in the award for Best Irish Band, whilst their latest effort ’How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ took the Best Irish Album.
Before a packed out Point Theatre in Dublin, U2, who were represented by Adam Clayton, were also awarded the Best Live Performance for their sell-out Croke Park gigs which had left music lovers scrabbling for tickets.
The Pogues, famed for controversial frontman Shane McGowan’s antics, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Meteor Ireland Music Awards, organisers said tonight.
The band were first formed by McGowan, famous for his rotten teeth and hard drinking, Spider Stacey, Jem Finer and James Fearnley in Kings Cross London in 1982.
On hearing of the award Spider said: “It’s a fantastic accolade to be given after all these years and we hope that everyone will enjoy the evening as much as we will.”
The award will be presented at the glitzy ceremony in Dublin’s Point Theatre on Thursday, February 2.
Originally known as The Pogue Mahones, the band played the London pub circuit with Andrew Ranken on drums and Cait O Riordan on bass before changing their name to The Pogues.
Philip Chevron and Terry Woods later joined the band, and Darryl Hunt replaced Cait O Riordan.
The Pogues will take to the stage along with The Darkness, Westlife, Jamie Cullum, Damien Dempsey, Bell X1 and Republic of Loose.
Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Aslan, and previous winners also include The Dubliners, Bob Geldof, U2’s manager Paul McGuinness and Christy Moore.
Father Peter McVerry, a campaigner of young homeless people will also take star place when he is presented with the €100,000 Humanitarian award at the awards.
The veteran campaigner, who founded the Arrupe Society in 1983 to provide care and accommodation for homeless boys, is being presented with the Humanitarian Award and a €100,000 donation in recognition of his, and his work colleagues’ tireless work.
On the night there will be 17 Meteor Ireland Music Awards presented. Six of the categories are chosen by the public, through text messages.
Other recipients of the Humanitarian Award and donations include Elton John, Christina Noble, Bono, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy and Adi Roche.
The Hope for 2006 Award for up-and-coming bands will be voted for by 2FM listeners, while music industry representatives will chose the remainder.
U2, The Corrs, Hal and Bell X1 are vying for Best Irish Band, while Damien Dempsey, Joe Chester and Christy Moore are bidding for Best Irish Male.
Supermodel Kate Moss could top the charts over the festive season if the public take to her efforts in the recording studio. The beauty is to duet with The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan for a new recording of classic Christmas song Fairytale In New York.
The collaboration is to raise money for Justice for Kirsty, in honour of Kirsty MacColl who sang on the original track. The singer’s mother, Jean has been campaigning for an inquiry into her death ever since she was killed by a speedboat while swimming in Mexico five years ago.
Meanwhile Kate is now busier than ever after leaving rehab a few weeks ago. She has already posed for designer Roberto Cavalli, while cosmetics company Rimmel has released a new publicity shot of her for the season. Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey said the label was preparing to use the model again, calling her “absolutely part of our family”.
The Cranberries are among 12 of the most influential artists in Irish music to be selected for the newly-erected Wall of Fame in Dublin.
The wall, which encompasses the Temple Lane wall of the historic Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, includes 11 smaller windows (6 x 6 ft) and one large window (20 x 20 ft) to house photographs of Ireland's most influential musicians. The wall was unveiled on October 20th with a launch party that included notables Dave Fanning, Paul Brady and Philomena Lynott.
The permanent outdoor exhibit is complimented by a small indoor exhibit inside the Temple Bar Music Centre, which includes a synopsis of each artist compiled by Hot Press editor Stewart Clark. The 12 artists were chosen for the following criteria: "The artists featured on the Wall of Fame were judged by several criteria - not record sales alone, but also for their genuine pioneering work in contributing to modern popular music and for showcasing the quality and range of Irish musical talent on the World stage. It is by no means a definitive list of the Irish top 12, but each act has been highly influential in the Irish music scene past and present."
The exhibiton includes a 6 x 6 ft decal of Dolores O'Riordan, photographed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in 1994. Photographer Jill Furmanovsky of Dublin's Rockarchive Gallery said, "The band had already conquered America but were relatively unknown in the UK. This daytime showcase was for the press and promoters. Dolores looked like a schoolgirl bunking off during her dinner hour." The translucent decals are backlit at night, which makes the free public exhibit an attraction even during the evening.
The other 11 artists on the wall currently are Paul Brady, The Boomtown Rats, Christy Moore, Philip Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Shane MacGowan, U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Undertones, Van Morrison, and Luke Kelly.
You can find more info at the Wall of Fame's Official Website.
The Pogues are set to re-release ‘Fairytale Of New York’ this December in an attempt to claim this year’s Christmas Number 1.
Shane McGowan and Co won’t have it all their own way though as this year Santa his attempting to achieve his first ever chart success. He’s recorded ‘(Is This The Way To) Santa’s Grotto’, a rip off of Tony Christie’s Amarillo, reports The Sun.
The Pogues re-release comes after Warner Music executives suggested the idea to band member Spider Stacey last week. The song was first released in 1987 and reached Number 2.
A source told the paper: “Fairytale Of New York is an adult answer to Jingle Bells. It’s difficult to remember a Christmas party without a drunken singalong with The Pogues.”
“The label were keen to re-release the song because a whole new generation of fans have heard Shane through his association with Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. It is a good bet for Christmas No. 1.”
The Pogues have announced that they will once again be performing at a handful of Christmas shows. The original line up featuring Philip Chevron, Darryl Hunt, Spider Stacy, Andrew Ranken, Terry Woods, James Fearnley and frontman Shane MacGowan will be wowing fans with THE best Christmas tune ‘Fairytale In New York’. Rumour has it that support on all dates will come from the Dropkick Murphys.