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Dolan’s Ware­house, Lim­er­ick Fri 9pm 112.50 061-314483; Cyprus Av­enue Cork Sat 9pm 112.50 021-4276165; Róisín Dubh, Gal­way Sun 9pm 112.50/110 091-586540; Whe­lan’s, Dublin Thurs 9pm 117 01-4780766/ 1890-200078 What’s on your rider? Beer, Jack Daniel’s, chips (crisps) and salsa, wa­ter. What would be on your fan­tasy rider? Same as num­ber 1 mi­nus the chips and salsa and the wa­ter. What’s your pre-gig rit­ual? Cou­ple of drinks, cou­ple of smokes, yelling loudly to warm up. When is stage-div­ing a good idea? When you are drunk and un­der 30. What’s the best gig you’ve been to? It’s hard to say, but the 9:30 Club in Wash­ing­ton DC is al­ways nice. The place sounds ex­cel­lent. And the worst? The Nick in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama. A true Amer­i­can shit­hole. Arena or pub gig? Arena. Gotta pay the bills. Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs? Gene Sim­mons (from Kiss). Most em­bar­rass­ing on-stage mo­ment? I fell off the stage in Philadel­phia once. Tripped over some ca­bles and landed on my back on a ta­ble in front of the stage. What’s your crowd-pleas­ing num­ber? Prob­a­bly Try. It’s loud and rock­ing. Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad? Good if you’re funny, even if you’re ac­ci­den­tally funny. Paul Stan­ley (from Kiss) comes off as a com­plete id­iot on stage, but it’s great. Groupies – would you? Sure. Tour­ing: bless­ing or curse? Both, re­ally. A nec­es­sary thing, though, like a body part that doesn’t work cor­rectly. Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig? If I’m not com­pletely ex­hausted, I’ll do it. They’re good peo­ple, for the most part. What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? A bot­tle of Jack Daniel’s.

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