What’s on your rider? Andy Mccluskey of OMD

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What’s on your rider?

Noth­ing very ex­cit­ing. Beer, wine, vodka, soft drinks and lots of wa­ter. The booze usu­ally gets left for the crew. Fruit, crisps and M&Ms – blue ones in­cluded!

What would be on your fan­tasy rider?

Sushi and Laphroaig sin­gle malt whiskey.

What’s the best gig you’ve been to?

There are equal best gigs: Kraftwerk at Liver­pool Em­pire on Septem­ber 11th 1975. I sat in seat Q36 and it was the gig that changed my life. That is when I fell in love with the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­tu­ally mak­ing elec­tronic mu­sic. The other best gig is XTC at Eric’s club in Liver­pool in 1978, tour­ing their first al­bum, White Mu­sic, with Barry An­drews on key­boards. Bril­liant songs and great en­ergy. I was down there in the front row.

And the worst?

The Pink Fairies at Liver­pool Sta­dium in 1975. We had been in town all day, queued for hours, got in early to be in the third row, sat through a bor­ing sup­port . We all went bal­lis­tic when they started. Af­ter three songs I stopped head­bang­ing, looked up and said to my mate, “this is ac­tu­ally crap”. Then I left and got the train home.

Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs?

Leonard Co­hen, Sting, Kraftwerk and Shirley Bassey have all come to our gigs.

Most em­bar­rass­ing on-stage mo­ment?

I have fallen over a few times. Not very cool.

Groupies. Would you?

Not now!

Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig?

Yes, as long as my voice is in good shape. It’s an hon­our that they care enough to wait to say hello. In the ’80s we used to let them all into the venue and sign things for up to two hours af­ter the show.

Any use­ful stage tips?

Use in-ear mon­i­tors; they re­ally help the voice. En­joy the au­di­ence en­joy­ing your mu­sic. You never know when it will be your last gig!

If you could be in any other band, which one?

I would loved to have been in The Bea­tles. They were the great­est ever pop group.

Who’s in­vited to your after­show party?

We don’t have after­show par­ties any more. The band al­ways hated them, any­way – they were just for ev­ery­body else at your ex­pense.

What’s your best tour story?

Seven years af­ter I went to see Kraftwerk, they came to see us play in Bochum in Ger­many. It was like God com­ing to say hello. It was the most ner­vous I have ever been in my life.

In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea. Or­ches­tral Manouevres in the Dark play Dublin’s Vicar St on Thurs­day Sym­phonies 16, 52, 87. 3.30pm 125 01-4126134

National Chil­dren’s Choir. See Satur­day. 7.30pm 115 01-4170000

NCH

Lil­liput Press, Stoney­bat­ter

Anne-Marie O’Far­rell (harp), Charles Mar­shall (sat­suma biwa), Jennifer Evans. Incl Cage: In a Land­scape; Anne-Marie O’Far­rell: Em­plé­tude; At­té­tude. 7.30pm 17 John Shera (or­gan), West­land Wind Quin­tet, Ceil­iúradh Cham­ber Choir. Fauré, Kodály, Bach, Banchieri, Bart­let, Raven­scroft, Bridge, ROber­ton, Passereau, Rosetti, Re­icha. 8pm 114 087-6652390 Cather­ine Red­ding (so­prano), Michael Quinn (pi­ano). Ravel: Cinq mélodies pop­u­laires grec­ques; De­bussy: Nuit d’étoiles; Beau soir; Fleur des blés; Poulenc: Im­promp­tus 2 & 3; Hahn: D’une Prison; Fêtes Galantes; L’heure exquise; Fauré: Clair de lune; En sour­dine; Bizet: Me voilà seule...Comme autre­fois; Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire; De­bussy: Clair de lune; Chaus­son: Le Charme; Les Pa­pil­lons; Le Colibri; Gounod: Ah! Je veux vivre! 115 056-7761497 4pm

DUBLIN NCH

The Lir

St Mary’s Church, An­gle­sea Rd KILKENNY Cal­lan Castalia Hall, Bal­ly­to­bin LOUTH St Joseph’s Redemp­torist Church, St Alphon­sus Rd, Dun­dalk

Dun Lughaigh Se­nior School Choir, Se­tanta Choir/ Trevor Clarke. Karl Jenk­ins: The Peace­mak­ers. 7.30pm 115 086-3326139

Mon­day 27

National Chil­dren’s Choir. See Satur­day. 7.30pm 115

Tom Creed (di­rec­tor), RIAM/David Adams, An­drew Syn­nott. Stravin­sky: Mavra; Renard. 8pm 115 01-6325300 Also Tues, Wed

Tues­day 28

DUBLIN

Peter Man­ning (bari­tone), Heather Fog­a­rty (mezzo so­prano), Adm free 01-8734333 1pm

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