LATE, GREAT ROCK HE­ROES

As we talk to Paris Jack­son, daugh­ter of the late Michael Jack­son (see Page 16), Pat Fitz­patrick has a look at other mu­sic leg­ends who have died

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July 5, 1972. Bowie and his band played on Some peo­ple will tell you that, one week later, ev­ery man in Eng­land had grown his hair long and was flounc­ing around the place in high heels. Closer to truth is that five guys in art col­lege did it, and they got beaten up out­side a Tube sta­tion by a bunch of Chelsea fans. Still, Bowie showed us that gen­der flu­id­ity could be cool and fun. As against now, where it’s peo­ple won­der­ing what to call the gents’ toi­let.

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Be­fore all you con­spir­acy types get started on the fact that he’s run­ning a diner in Louisiana with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Elvis would be 82 now. And we’d be giv­ing him a new hip ev­ery year and forc­ing him to dance around in blue suede shoes, just to show that rock and roll will never die. So maybe it’s best he went when he did. At least that way, fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can look back at his work and agree he was one of the greatest artists of all time. As long as they don’t watch one of his movies.

3 DAVID BOWIE Star­man Top of the Pops. ELVIS PRES­LEY LEONARD CO­HEN

The Cana­dian star died in LA the same week Trump was elected. This raises some ques­tions. Like, if Canada is so amaz­ing, how come any­one who makes it big moves to the US? Enough of that. Leonard fea­tured in the Ir­ish dat­ing game. Guy: “I like Leonard Co­hen.” Girl: “OK, so what you’re say­ing is you’re shy and I’ll be ex­pected to make the first move.” Guy: “Yes.” Guy closes eyes and opens mouth. Girl does a leg­ger.

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Prince played Cork in 1990. He lost in a re­play. (Make it stop.) There were ru­mours be­fore the Pairc Ui Chaoimh gig that his show would fea­ture sim­u­lated sex and strip­pers. GAA of­fi­cials in Cork were said to be livid, par­tic­u­larly when it turned out the ru­mours weren’t true. Ac­cord­ing to re­views, when bored fans started singing “Ole, Ole, Ole”, Prince said, “This town needs an en­ema.” To which the lo­cals re­sponded, “We al­ready have loads of en­e­mies, like.”

5 PRINCE JOHN LEN­NON To­gether.

There are two types of peo­ple in the world. Those who think John Len­non wrote bet­ter songs than Paul McCart­ney. And those who haven’t heard

We All Stand

That whole Frog Cho­rus thing is enough to set­tle any debate. Of course, it’s a badge of pride here that most of the Bea­tles had Ir­ish roots. That’s push­ing it. “This coun­try was so crap that your an­ces­tors were forced to move to Liver­pool. Aren’t we great all the same?”

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