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A Love Letter to Music Venues

I was in Dublin city centre this morning for the first time in 12 months.  The last time I was there was to see Jane Willow perform in the Cobblestone Pub  on February 29th 2020.  I never, not for a moment, thought things would turn out as they did.  I was looking forward to a year full of gigs and excitement.  I think we all know how that turned out. After doing what I had to workwise, I took a spin around Dublin before I headed home.  I drove by the aforementioned Cobblestone Pub , the Voodoo Lounge , The Grand Social , The Workmans Club , The Sugar Club and ended up outside Whelans . I've had great nights out in each of those venues and in many more around the country!   Dolans of Limerick, Crane Lane Theatre and Kino in Cork,  Odd Mollies in Drogheda, the Moat Theatre in Naas, the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Visual in Carlow...  The list goes on and on. 2017 and Helmet played Whelans.  There I am partying with them after the s

2019-03-22 Therapy - Dolans Limerick

It was 10 years since I last saw Therapy? live... Oxegen 2009.  Now that was a great Oxegen, some amazing acts, apart from Therapy?, played that weekend.

Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Janes Addiction, Eagles of Death Metal, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, Elbow, James... Ahh the list just goes on and on.  Was it the best Oxegen?  Yeah, probably!

Anyway, lets get back on track.  So, I heard Therapy? were doing an Irish tour and for some reason, when I saw they were playing Dolans in Limerick, I figured that was the gig for me!

I hit the road after work on Friday night and made it to Limerick to catch The Wood Burning Savages. Wow, these guys, who hail from Derry, seriously rock.  Really enjoyed their set and I bought their album Stability on the way out!

Finally it was time for Therapy to come and play their set, and what a set it was.  If memory serves me correct, I counted 30 tracks on the sound engineers set list.  Along the way, they also added in a couple more covers.  The set lasted over 2 hours, 2 hours of non stop, high intensity, had rock.  It was incredible!

Friday also happened to be the birthday of Therapy? drummer, Neil Cooper. So there was a rousing performance of Happy Birthday and Neil Neil, Drum Like a Motherfucker. 

As it turned out, Saturday happened to be Michael McKeegans birthday also.  I can only imagine the amount of partying that went on...

Anyway, that was it, that was Therapy? in Dolans.  What a gig, well worth the long journey there and back.  Therapy? are one of the great Irish bands who actually managed to break free of Ireland and make a name for themselves around the world.  If you get the chance to see them on this tour, you really should just go.

Setlist:
  1. Wreck it Like Beckett
  2. Expelled
  3. Die Laughing
  4. Nausea
  5. Lonely, Cryin', Only
  6. Kakistocracy
  7. Turn
  8. Callow
  9. Fantasy Bag
  10. Isolation (Joy Division cover)
  11. Opal Mantra
  12. A Moment of Clarity
  13. Diane (Hüsker Dü cover)
  14. Trigger Inside
  15. I Stand Alone
  16. Screamager
  17. Teethgrinder
  18. Potato Junkie
  19. Stop It You're Killing Me
Encore:
  1. Meat Abstract
  2. No Sunshine
  3. Unbeliever
  4. Misery
  5. Crutch
  6. Stories
  7. Nowhere
  8. Knives
  9. Success? Success Is Survival
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