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The return of The Commitments for an Irish tour

They said it couldn’t be done, but they were wrong. At a press conference in Dublin this morning, The Commitments announced details of an Irish tour next March to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alan Parker film based on …

Wed, Oct 6, 2010, 12:08

   

They said it couldn’t be done, but they were wrong. At a press conference in Dublin this morning, The Commitments announced details of an Irish tour next March to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alan Parker film based on Roddy Doyle’s excellent book.

The tour will call to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar (March 14), the INEC, Killarney (15), the Odyssey, Belfast (17) and the O2, Dublin (19). (UPDATE: I didn’t notice the ticket prices at first glance but you’ll be paying an eyewatering €59.80 and €55.80 plus TM charges to see this covers’ band).

Maybe I’m alone in thinking this, but is there really a huge urge to see the original cast doing cover versions of old soul hits? Are people really gagging to see Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Michael Aherne, Glen Hansard, Felim Gormley, Dave Finnegan, Ken McCluskey and Dick Massey onstage as The Commitments? Or will this tour tap into hitherto unknown reserves of nostalgia for an old film? After all, The Stars from The Commitments seem to be doing OK business gigwise.