- 10 Nov 16
Acclaimed Irish rockers Bell XI discuss meeting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, attempting to replicate their huge Irish success internationally, and the challenges of creating their latest masterwork, Arms. “This record has been the most difficult that we’ve made,” they tell Olaf Tyaransen.
Sipping afternoon coffees in a quiet Dublin hotel bar, Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty and Dominic Philips – collectively known since the year 2000 as Bell X1 – are recalling the memorable day in 2011 when, just a short hop away from where we’re all sitting, they played a rooftop gig in front of one of the most famous faces on the planet.
“We were asked to play a gig on the roof of the Facebook building,” says Dom. “It sounded like an alright thing to do on a Friday afternoon. And we were doing The Late Late Show the same night. We were a bit to and fro. And Mark Zuckerberg just happened to be in town, coincidentally. And then, obviously if you own a building in the town that’s where you go.
“So he was there. We met him afterwards, briefly. We were pushed together for a photograph, and there were a few awkward words, or something.”