Last August, one of Donegal’s most popular bands, The Revs, came back together after ten years to perform a one-off reunion gig in Dublin. It was a sell-out, by word of mouth. The response got them thinking again. This Saturday, they’ll be back again, for a bigger concertas they perform in The Academy in Dublin – and there’s talk of new songs in the making.
Back in 2002, the Donegal three-piece band was really making waves. At the Meteor Music Awards, they just lost out to U2 in the Best Rock Band category; their consolation was to get the Best Newcomer Award.
Three albums followed and there were numerous tours – taking in Europe, the United States and America – but things then unravelled and eventually the band broke up.
But last August, the three band members, Rory Gallagher, John McIntyre and Michael O’Donnell got together once again for a reunion gig, held in Whelan’s in Dublin.
The response may well have taken the band members by surprise. It certainly rekindled memories of some great times. There had been no real promotion of the night, but it was a sell-out with over 400 packing the venue.
So when concert promoters MCD made contact about a second, bigger night, the answer was very much in the affirmative. With MCD looking after the publicity and the ticket-side of things, it was really a no brainer.
Who the hell were The Revs (See this fascinating video that briefly traces the band's journey).
And in the meantime, ideas have been swirling around. There’s a hint of more to come from a band that was once so popular, one that had been on a rising curve...who knows what might have been.
Asked what is happening next, lead vocalist and bass guitarist Rory Gallagher told the Post, that they have “met up several times to rehearse” and they are “looking at new material.”
“We’re quite tempted to go into studio and throw out something for the summer,” he disclosed.
See this week's Donegal Post and Letterkenny Post for the full story.
Did you know
- The Revs formed on the eve of the 2000 millennium with an aim to "change the face of Irish music”
- The Revs were voted 3rd in the Hot Press readers poll behind U2 and The Frames in 2003
- They are one of the few Irish bands to ever play at a concert in Slane Castle
- The Revs released three albums, seven singles and two EPs between 2001 and 2006
- Among their top singles were 'Wired To The Moon' (2001), 'Tuesday Monday / Turnin' Japanese' (2001), 'Death Of A DJ' (2003) and 'Time Slippin' (2005).
- The band’s last tour was in 2007
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