30 Years Of Aslan
30 Years Of Aslan
The Olympia Theatre
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th August 2012
The approximate stage times are: doors open 7pm, support act (James McGrath on Friday & Barry Walsh on Saturday) will be on around 8pm, with Aslan hitting the stage at about 8.45pm/9pm. Times subject to change as always!
Irish rock legends Aslan have just announced details of two special shows at The Olympia Theatre this August to celebrate their 30 year anniversary as a group.
You can join one of Dublinís most iconic rock bands on Friday August 10th and Saturday August 11th at the Olympia Theatre for what will surely be two of the most memorable shows of the summer.
Tickets priced Ä25 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.ie and the Olympia Theatre box office.
Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis's series of books chronicling the fictional land of Narnia, (Aslan is the Turkish for 'Lion'), emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin's Northside, in the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, 'This Is', in the Spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland's pop radio station, RT… 2fm.
In the summer of 1986 they played a series of rapturously received shows in the UK and Melody Maker noted, 'Lucky the label that signs this band!'. Janice Long at BBC Radio 1 recorded Aslan in session and went on to air it for an unprecedented three times in the subsequent weeks. At the end of 1986 Aslan walked away with The Stag/Hot Press,' Most Promising New Band' award and signed to EMI.
'Shame About Lucy Moonhead', a compilation of the best of Aslan's recorded work on EMI, was released in July 1998, shot into the Irish albums charts at No.1 and has since turned double platinum.
In September 2001, the band released, "Waiting For This Madness To End" which went straight into the Irish Album charts at number 1, out selling the number 2 album four times over. The following week it remained at number 1 and kept Kylie Minogue off the top spot! "Waiting For This Madness To End" hit the platinum sales mark after only four weeks.
In Christmas 2001 Aslan again sold out the 9000 capacity Point, and in 2002 they were nominated in eight categories of the Hot Press readers poll, demonstrating the immense following the band have in their homeland.
In October 2005 the band released a 48 track CD, simply called The Platinum Collection. The album chronicles the singles, b-sides and rarities of their long career. The platinum collection went into the charts at no. 3 and after a few weeks lived up to its name by achieving triple platinum status.
On the 19th April 2012, the band attended The Savoy cinema for the world premier of their film "Please Don't Stop" which tells the full story of the bands 30 years together. The film was made by the three friends of the band; Paul Andrews, Daragh Murphy and Ronan Quinn, receiving a standing ovation at the end. A DVD of this movie is being released in September 2012.
The following day, 20th April 2012, their album "Nudie Books and Frenchies" was released on EMI and went straight in at No. 1 in the Irish charts! Not only did the fans like the album, but the critics described it as one of Aslan's best albums to date and it received rave reviews across the board.
As 2012 is the bands 30th year together, they have announced two special shows at the Olympia Theatre to mark the celebration.