Irish rock legends Aslan have officially confirmed details of two special Irish Tour Dates at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin this August 2012 to celebrate their 30 year anniversary as a group. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Aslan will be performing live on stage at The Olympia Theate in Dublin on Friday the 10th of August and Saturday the 11th of August 2012 for what will surely be two of the most memorable gigs of the summer. Tickets for Aslan live at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin are priced from €25 including booking fee and will be on sale from Wednesday the 20th of June 2012 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Aslan live at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin this August 2012.
Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books chronicling the fictional land of Narnia, (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun on Dublin’s Northside, in the mid 1980’s. Aslan released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the Spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm.
In the summer of 1986 Aslan played a series of rapturously received shows in the UK and Melody Maker noted, ‘Lucky the label that signs this band!’. Janice Long at BBC Radio 1 recorded Aslan in session and went on to air it for an unprecedented three times in the subsequent weeks. At the end of 1986 Aslan walked away with The Stag / Hot Press,’ Most Promising New Band’ award and signed to EMI.
‘Shame About Lucy Moonhead’, a compilation of the best of Aslan‘s recorded work on EMI, was released in July 1998, shot into the Irish albums charts at No.1 and has since turned double platinum.
In September 2001, Aslan released, “Waiting For This Madness To End” which went straight into the Irish Album charts at number 1, out selling the number 2 album four times over. The following week it remained at number 1 and kept Kylie Minogue off the top spot! “Waiting For This Madness To End” hit the platinum sales mark after only four weeks.
In Christmas 2001, Aslan again sold out the 9000 capacity Point Depot in Dublin, and in 2002 they were nominated in eight categories of the Hot Press readers poll, demonstrating the immense following the band have in their homeland.
In October 2005, Aslan released a 48 track CD, simply called The Platinum Collection. The album chronicles the singles, b-sides and rarities of their long career. The platinum collection went into the charts at no. 3 and after a few weeks lived up to its name by achieving triple platinum status.
On the 19th April 2012, the band attended The Savoy cinema for the world premier of their film “Please Don’t Stop” which tells the full story of the bands 30 years together. The film was made by the three friends of the band; Paul Andrews, Daragh Murphy and Ronan Quinn, receiving a standing ovation at the end. A DVD of this Aslan movie is being released in September 2012.
The following day, 20th April 2012, their album “Nudie Books and Frenchies” was released on EMI and went straight in at No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts! Not only did the fans like the album, but the critics described it as one of Aslan’s best albums to date and it received rave reviews across the board.
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