Limerick Independent reports:
The search began after Dylan himself requested ‘a young local rock band’ to open for him. “We don’t want a singer/songwriter. What we’re looking for is a traditional four/five piece rock band form Limerick. They’ll be opening up the whole bill and they’ll be part of the show, be backstage, they’ll be everywhere. That’s what they (Dylan’s people) asked for ‘get us a four/five piece rock band’,” says concert promoter Peter Aiken.
Contestants were asked to perform a Bob Dylan cover on Live 95FM’s Green and Live show on June 22. Last Days of Death Country were chosen as a finalist with their cover of "Most of the Time."
Bassist Gary Lysaght and Guitarist / Vocalist Patrick O'Brien
Photo by Limerick's Live 95FM
The top five chosen, which included local bands Animal Beats, Brendan Markham and Band, Nick Carswell and the Elective Orchestra, and Windings, played Dolan's Warehouse on Friday, June 25, to a panel of judges including well-known local DJ Mike Knightson, Live 95's Alan Jacques, the Limerick Leader’s Alan Owens, the Limerick Post’s Eric Fitzgerald and Hot Press’ Stuart Clark. source: Hotpress Magazine
Photos by Ken Coleman
All the bands played original material and Last Days of Death Country was eventually chosen by the panel. Fergal Lawlor, drummer of The Cranberries, who produced Last Days of Death Country's EP, was in attendance along with fellow Cranberry Noel Hogan. Lawlor was reportedly proud of the victory of his prodigious clients.
The band, consisting of Patrick O'Brien from Pallaskenry, Rob Kelly from Shanagolden, Gary Lysaght from Mungret and Dave O'Dowd from Limerick will be opening for Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, David Gray and Bob Dylan in Thomond Park on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Last Days of Death Country take the stage at 2:30 pm.
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