Graham Reid | | 2 min read
You may not have heard of them but the Coronas are certainly big back in their homeland of Ireland. And in London where they are now based.
They've sold out the 13,000 capacity O2 arena in Dublin and did six nights at the Olympia Theatre. They've also had three double-platinum selling albums in Ireland and the four-piece head to New Zealand shortly for a couple of hit'n'run dates (see beow).
Singer Danny O'Reilly also boast impeccable pedigree. His mother is the legendary Mary Black and his aunty Frances Black.
Their tour here coincides with the release of their new album The Long Way and you can check out their blend of Irish music and rock in the clip below, which follows O'Reilly answering our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . .
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
The Beatles - Revolver. I remember my parents putting on this album on a long drive when I was about 9 or 10 and I was instantly blown away
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Coolio - Ganstas Paradise was the first single I ever bought but first role models included Michael Jackson, the Corrs and The Cranberries!
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Nivana, Gaga and Jacko
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
A footballer or possibly a golfer! Great money playing sport
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Bell X1 - Bad Skin Day
Mic Christopher - Heyday
The Coronas - The Long Way
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home...
Not really, theres loads of instruments knocking around my parents house as my mother is a singer too. Guitars, ukeleles etc. Its great
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Mary Black - Down the Crooked Road
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be?
Prince, he can play so many instruments and is just pretty cool
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Dumb and Dumber
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include...)
Foals new album, is awesome, i bought that yesterday
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon cover
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
My first was a plectrum on my wrist
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where and doing what?
Touring, seeing the world, playing our music
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Because it just is ;)
CORONAS TOUR DATES
Monday November 30 – Dux Live, Christchurch
Wednesday December 2 – Kings Arms, Auckland