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Turner, & Adams
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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