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Riverdance, Turner, & Adams hit Dublin...

It was a week when Brian Adams dropped in to promote his upcoming Slane gig, Tina Tuner and Lionel Richie rocked the RDS, and Riverdance swept away audiences in the Point with narration from none other than Liam Neeson. Sinead O'Connor was also on hand to oversee proceedings...

It's been five years since the interval act during the Eurovision song contest outshone the contest itself and became the biggest show to come out of Ireland. On Wednesday night they came home. Riverdance returned to the Point Theatre, where it all began just after 8pm on Wednesday to thunderous applause from over 5,000 of Ireland's top VIP's and dignitaries.

Including the President of Ireland Mary McAleese and the Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney. The musical voyage started with the historical story of Finn McCool and was narrated by actor Liam Neeson (a well recorded narration.) This was followed by the most energetic final first half ever seen on an Irish stage with a Irish dancing chorus line of 30 dancers. The second part of the show explained the music the Irish have encountered across the world when they emigrated.

Riverdance launched the career of the superhoofer Michael Flatley back in 1995. Flatley is now estimated to be worth 30 million pounds and his own show "Feet of Flames" returns to Belfast in Ireland at the end of July.

After two encores over 1,000 of the audience moved into a marquee in the Point car park for a £2,500 a table gala dinner.

At nearly 60 years old Tina Turner hit the stage in the RDS arena to thunderous applause form the 40,000 fans packed into the venue. They had already witnessed the talents of Tina's support act Lionel Richie who wooed the crowd with hits such as "All Night Long" and "Dancing on the ceiling."

By the time Tina hit the stage just after 9pm the crowd were going wild as she took them back through her career from 1960 with her hit "Nutbush City Limits" right up to songs from her current album "24/7." But, it was the classics that got the most reaction from the crowd. "We don't need another Hero" from Tina's Mad Max movie had the crowd roaring as had her number one hit "What's love got to do with it." The cigarette lighters were out for the classic "Private dancer" and a sing song started when she went true the Otis Reading number "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" and a selection of Motown hits.

After the concert Tina hit the newly revamped Lillies Bordello night-club for a quiet drink. Singer Sinead O'Connor was also in attendance in the club's VIP room.

Tuesday was a rock and roll day in Ireland as legendary rocker Brian Adams popped in for a chat about his upcoming Slane Castle gig in which he is set to perform to 80,000 people.

Speculation was in the air early yesterday afternoon in the meeting room of the plush Merrion Hotel in Dublin when the Groover from Vancouver Brian Adams started his press conference. The speculation was whether Brian would pop in later that evening to the RDS arena for a duet with Tina Turner was performing.

The couple did a duet of "It's Only Love" ten years ago and fans were hoping that Adams would have dropped in. Sadly it was not to be as Adams told ShowBiz Ireland. "No, there is no chance I'll perform with Tina. I'm actually flying back to London this evening. So, a duet is out of the question."

Few could tell if Adams even knew that Turner was only staying down the hall in the same hotel. Adams went on the say how he was looking forward to his Slane castle gig on August 26th when he will perform in Ireland's largest concert alongside Moby, Macy Gray and Melanie C.

Adams also took time out during his visit to Dublin to do a photo shoot with the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor. "I took photos of Sinead earlier and I've done this all over the world with many stars. I give away some of the pictures to charity" Adams told ShowBiz Ireland.

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