WHIPPING BOY Dublin Date SOLD OUT <<<<
DEC 18th, Dublin,
Olympia Theatre. SOLD OUT
Tickets: 27.50 inc booking fee. Available
from Sound Cellar, Road Records and usual Ticketmaster Outlets.
DEC 19th, Cork, Savoy.Tickets: 27.50 inc booking fee. Available
and Plugd Records.
DEC 29th, Waterford, The Forum. Tickets: 25 inc booking
fee. Available from www.ticketmaster.ie
The story of
Whipping Boy is consistent with the deluge of nearly-made-it stories
which have become part of rock folklore. Hailed by music critics
in 1995 as the best thing to emerge from Dublin since U2, problems
with their record label and the general indifference of the public
has led to the premature and sad demise of a uniquely powerful band.
Formed in the
late 1980s with Fearghal McKee on vocals, Myles McDonnell on bass,
Paul Page on guitars and Colm Hassett on drums, Whipping Boy released
their debut LP 'Submarine' on the now-defunct Liquid label in 1992.
Few copies of the album were pressed and it remains a rarity.
The big time
seemed imminent in 1995 with the release of 'Heartworm' on the Sony
label. Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, it was disgracefully
ignored by the punters. The band retreated into a maze of contractual
wrangling and personal differences. They seemed to have overcome
their difficulties when they went into the studio in 1998 to record
their third album, 'Whipping Boy'. However, the album wasn't released
until early 2000. Whipping Boy actually disbanded after the recording
of the album two years prior.
to 2005 and the legend of the band is cemented when HOT PRESS Magazine
conducted a readership survey for the Top 100 Irish Album of all-time
and "Heartworm" placed at Number 7. Now considered as
one of the most influential bands ever to come out of Ireland, newfound
interest in the band has reached fever pitch not only for the band's
original fan base but also for a new generation of fans. Demand
for Whipping Boy's albums has never been higher, albeit difficult
to find in recent years. With the announcement of the band reforming,
a new chapter for the band begins.