Pat's column is rather short this week, so I'll throw in a little extra information about what was in this week's edition of New Spotlight. Desmond Ilford writes a good article about John Lennon entitled "Can Lennon Get Back?" It details John's 'lost' period in LA (getting thrown out of the Troubadour, for example). It's a bit strange to read it now with all the years and history in between. Patrick O'Connell reports from New Jury's Hotel and the reason being... Gary Glitter's press conference. Right, let's hand things over to Pat.
After almost a decade of waiting by his fans, Van Morrison will be at the Olympia in Dublin this week-end to give his first Irish concerts since he went solo. Thousands will make the trip from Belfast and all over the country to hear our most successful and acclaimed contemporary musician. Everything points to four unforgettable concerts in what I regard as the highpoint of Irish rock history to date.
Hookie is the name for the re-formed Skid Row now playing regular gigs without former leader Brush Shields. I think it was a good idea to get a new title seeing that the band has lost all contact with the Skid Row name. Liam McKenna has taken over on bass from 'Brush'.
Next week I'll be telling you about some of the new outfits such as Bugle who were helping to get a new Friday night session going at Gonzos and Sundown who were also set to play their first big Dublin date.
Yet another city pub switching to rock is the Talk of the Town at O'Connell Bridge. Regular sessions with top groups are being planned. In the last two weeks, three new pub gigs have opened in town and summer is sure to bring many more especially in seaside centres.
"Skid Row never had any management problems," said Ollie Byrne after last weeks' story on 'Brush'...Philip Lynott telling the truth about the split with Eric Bell in Sounds last week...big turn-out of top-based rock people expected at Morrison gigs...Keltic Wine have a new single due next month featuring the great Blue O'Brien.