Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Could we possibly see an Audioslave reunion?

Audioslave reunited last week for their first performance in over a decade.

The group, which is comprised of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, played in LA as part of an Anti-Inaugural Ball, protesting against incoming US President Donald Trump hours after he was sworn in to office.

Audioslave split when Cornell left the band in 2007 citing “irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences” as his reasons for quitting.
If you need a reminder of just how good this would be go check out their third album ‘Revelations’, available to stream.

Kanye West is back

KANYE West is reportedly ready to resurrect his cancelled ‘Saint Pablo’ tour, suggesting that the rapper will fulfil his touring obligations in the UK and Europe later this year.

West cancelled his latest tour back in November after he was hospitalised “for his own health and safety.” However, it now appears that West may be ready to resurrect the tour in the coming months. Reports have surfaced regarding the rapper’s return to the stage after an anonymous source close to West claimed that the ‘Saint Pablo’ tour will resume in due course. There has been no official confirmation or tour announcement from West’s camp.

Neil Diamond announces 50th Anniversary Tour

MUSICAL icon, Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Neil Diamond will be extending his 50th anniversary tour to Europe this year.

This includes Belfast and Dublin dates in October: Sunday, October 8, SSE Arena, Belfast and Tuesday, October 10 in the 3 Arena, Dublin.

Tickets are on-sale from 10am on Friday, January 27 and are available from: The SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office: Tel. 028 90 739074 Book on Line: Book On Line:

A three CD 50th Anniversary Collection is also set to be released world-wide on March 31.

The 25 best country music songs of all time – do you agree?

I recently reviewed a blog which listed the following as the 25 best country songs of all time. Cowboy hats at the ready! And yes there is a Wagon Wheel involved, the best version available!

Dolly Parton – Jolene (1973)
• Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (1978)
Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982)
Patsy Cline – Crazy (1961)
Johnny Cash – Walk The Line (1956)
Hank Williams – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (1952)
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)
Johnny Cash and June Carter – Jackson (1967)
Gram Parsons – Return Of The Grievous Angel (1974)
David Allan Coe – You Never Even Called Me By My Name (1975)
Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe (1967)
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman (1968)
Merle Haggard – Mama Tried (1968)
The Carter Family – Can The Circle Be Unbroken (1935)
Guy Clark – Broken Hearted People (1976)
Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach Texas (1977)
Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On (2006)
Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty (1972)
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man (1968)
Dixie Chicks – There’s Your Trouble (1998)
Porter Wagoner – The Rubber Room (1972)
X – I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (1983)
Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel (2004)
Justin Townes Earle – Yuma (2007)
Neil Young – Unknown Legend (1992)


HAILING from Cork and working in London, the release of LYRA’s debut EP ‘This Is WILD’ last year, as well as the appearace of her song ‘Emerald’ in an ad for RTE’s Striking Out, meant that the Cork singer songwriter has made headlines of late.

‘This is WILD’, released back in April 2016, didn’t immediately send huge shockwaves through the Irish music scene, however, towards the end of last year it started to pick up pace.

From her studio deep in central London, LYRA has admitted that she had no idea that her music was gaining attention back in Ireland, never mind being picked up by the national broadcaster – her song featured during RTE’s Late Late Toy Show.

She has drawn comparisons from Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop, which is fairly evident when you give her a listen. Lyra’s music is available on Spotify and Soundcloud here:

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