The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. First Irish gig
of 2006 for myself & Marie……was really
looking forward to it. Easter Saturday, most people
off work and in great form, sun was shining. Headed
to Portlaoise early enough in the afternoon, had a nice
bite to eat in a lovely Italian in the hotel, and then
headed for the gig-room about 7ish. The hotel
itself is fab, and a LOVELY venue for a BK gig.
Free seating. The room was lovely, candles lighting,
the set-up was for the full band…….excellent!
Mescal was on first. Wow……he’s
got a great voice…..really husky. And handsome
too…..cuuuute! Enjoyed his set, he got the
audience buzzed-up, singing along…….we were
his gospel choir at one stage! Very talented man…..look
forward to catching him again. Definitely an album
then…the main event…….Mr Brian Kennedy…the
one & only! God he’s looking really good!!!
Jeans, black shirt, black shiny jacket, hair gorgeous,
looking mighty fine & fit! Didn’t catch
the names of all of the band, noticed Pat Gibbon on
guitar, and Rod on drums (who was in Glasgow).
No James (we miss you James!). But another guy
did take his place….didn’t catch his name,
sorry! I’m sure we’ll all know it
by the end of the tour!! And the Famous Fred of
course looking after them all. BK started with
Better Man….and sure it just got better and better
from there! Someone shouted pretty early on for
him to remove his jacket…his reply….”Don’t
rush me”…ha ha!! Really enjoyed the
gig, everyone in great form, he did 3 new ones too,
Homebird (title of new album out in May), Cry For Love….our
Eurovision hopeful, and a fab 3rd song (sorry, again,
cant remember name!)…..but it was gorgeous.
Cannot wait to get my paws on the new album!!
A few hecklers! But he was well able as usual.
Someone kept heckling for Carrickfergus….and he
said, the more you ask and ask, the less he’s
likely to give in…ha ha…typical guy!
He did the “Crazy Love” into “Have
I Told You Lately” which I think everyone loves.
You know what I miss though, BK at the piano, singing
“So What if It Rains”…he used to it
as an encore….haven’t heard that one in
to talk to him afterwards, just a wee chat & a signing…fair
played to him. Saw the band pack up & head
on their merry way.
in all, a lovely Easter Saturday, thoroughly enjoyed
the trip down & back (thanks Vincent!). Roll
on the next gig…..it seriously is like a “fix”!!