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Doing it for the kids
FORGET WESTLIFE OR THE SCRIPT. THERE'S THOSE THAT SAY THE CORONAS ARE IRELAND’S NUMBER ONE HEARTHROBS. WITH A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 12 MONTHS BEHIND THEM, THE STARS OF OUR CHRISTMAS COVER SHOOT TALK ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS OF GROUPIES, THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE FRIENDSHIP THAT HAS HELPED SPUR THEM TOWARDS THE BIG TIME.
Olaf Tyaransen, 13 Dec 2010
It’s been quite some 12 months for The Coronas.
Since this time last year, they’ve done encouragingly successful tours of South-East Asia and Australia, numerous sold-out Irish shows, and secured some all-important US and Japanese distribution deals. No wonder they’re feeling chuffed. But tired.
“It’s been pretty much non-stop this year,” lead singer and resident hunk Danny O’Reilly says, somewhat ruefully. “We haven’t really been able to take much time off. I suppose that’s a good complaint.”
It certainly is. There may not have been any spectacular goals, banged in from 45 yards, but the team has been playing good football. Their decade-long slow build is continuing at a steady pace. After two hit studio albums (2007’s Heroes or Ghosts and 2009’s Tony Was An Ex-Con), countless live performances and a hell of a lot of air-miles, the Dublin indie rockers are now internationally, well, almost famous. Which is fitting, given that the band named themselves after the brand of typewriter used by the budding music scribe in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 movie Almost Famous.
Still, when Hot Press asks Danny O’Reilly what’s been his biggest moment of 2010, the 25-year-old singer doesn’t have to stop and think about it.
“I suppose supporting Macca is just something that you’ll never forget,” he says. “It doesn’t really have that big a bearing on our career as such, but as a Beatles fan just getting to meet him and being able to say our band supported him is amazing.”
Having previously supported McCartney’s son, James, at some London shows, The Coronas landed that prestigious support slot in the RDS last June through their UK agents.
“We have the same agents in the UK, Martial Arts, and that’s how we originally got that gig. James was really nice and we met him and he was cool and then apparently Martial Arts mentioned something to Paul about the RDS gig and he was like, ‘yeah cool’… and it was great.”
Did you get to chat to him for long?