- 04 Feb 05
They toured the world throughout the ‘70s, earning rave notices from Bono, The Edge and Melvin Bragg, upsetting the clergy, terrifying the American public in the company of Blue Oyster Cult and the J Geils Band and out-glamming even Bowie with their flamboyant sartorial taste. With a new DVD on the way and much speculation about a possible tour, legendary Celtic rockers Horslips here talk to Hot Press about a decade of adventure, decadence and great music.
Between 1972 and 1980 Horslips released thirteen albums and toured incessantly across Ireland, throughout the UK, Europe and in North America. A musical and cultural phenomenon, they were the first band to blend rock with Irish traditional airs, single-handedly inventing Celtic Rock. Their debut album, Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part was an instant success and they took to the road with a vengeance where they remained for most of the decade.
Arguably their most important legacy was in bringing rock and roll to the showband-dominated ballroom heartlands, giving rural audiences their first taste of a real live rock band. Despite widespread critical acclaim and commercial success abroad they continued to tour in Ireland right to the end.
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