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      May 29, 2019

      Wednesday   9:30 PM

      2501 Kettner Boulevard
      San Diego, California 92101

      The Undertones

      with Mrs. Magician, The Widows
      The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (JohnONeill, Damian ONeill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley)learning how to play basic rock and roll.Even by the standards of that decade Derry was not the rock and roll capitalof anywhere. With no live bands worth watching, they learned by listeningto mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it toDerry but most of all from listening to John Peels wonderful show on BBCRadio One. Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recordingJohn ONeills Teenage Kicks in 1978 on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations labelin Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so muchhe played it twice in a row on his radio show.The Undertones signed with Sire Records and Teenage Kicks was rereleased,resulting in the band's first appearance on Top Of The Pops. Overthe next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as `HereComes The Summer`, Jimmy Jimmy`, `Youve Got My Number (Why DontYou Use It) and Wednesday Week whilst Damian ONeill and MichaelBradley contributed My Perfect Cousin. They also recorded four highlyacclaimed LPs. Indeed, they almost enjoyed the life of professionalmusicians. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the band to pursue a solo career andthe remaining members decided to call it a day. The Undertones were toremain silent for the next sixteen years.THE UNDERTONES Part 2In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Feargal Sharkey, to once againperform their two-minute, three and a half chord songs to a new generationof fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocalsand his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence soon convinced anydoubters that he was more than capable of doing the job.After much consideration the band released an LP of new songs called `GetWhat You Need', which was critically acclaimed by Q magazine, Uncut,Rolling Stone and Hot Press. Songs like Thrill Me, I Need Your Love TheWay It Used To Be and Everything But You' showed that the art of writingshort, sharp songs had not been lost over the previous two decades.In 2003 Thrill Me was released as a limited edition 7 vinyl single and foundits way to John Peels turntable. He introduced it on his show commenting,And these are words I thought I would never be saying on radio again, anew single from The Undertones. He liked it so much he played it twice,just as he did with Teenage Kicks in 1978.Since signing a licensing deal with Union Square Music, the four original LPs,The Undertones, Hypnotised, The Positive Touch and The Sin Of Pridehave been available in digital and physical form, all with additional tracksand videos.The band marked Record Store Day 2013 with a 7 vinyl only release,recorded in the famous Toe Rag studio in London. A return to their punkroots, 'Much Too Late' sold out the 1,000 copies before the day was out.2016 marked the bands 40th Anniversary. They celebrated with a variety ofscorching live performances at festivals and venues throughout the UK andEurope.2016 also saw vinyl remasters of first two LPs; The Undertones TheUndertones and The Undertones Hypnotised released along with a 7vinyl remix of the 1979 single Get Over You. Remixed by Kevin Shields (MyBloody Valentine/Primal Scream). Michael Bradley also published his bookTeenage Kicks: My Life As An Undertone.In 2017 the band continued to play plenty of live shows including the UK,Europe along with their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand. Thereviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band areplaying as well as or better than ever before.2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of their most influential andfamous song, Teenage Kicks. On 21st April for Record Store Day 2018 theband are releasing a Vinyl Singles Box Set contains the 13 x 7 originalUndertones singles from the classic early period: 1978-1983.Of this release Damian ONeill says:The collective attitude of The Undertones to the magical power andinfluenceof the humble 45rpm 7 single was always one of total reverence andrespect.It really did matter. Back then in our Undertone world, a great single waseven more important than the L.P it helped promote and getting on Top OfThe Pops was the ultimate accolade that we were doing it right. And if youdidnt make it on TOTPs, then there was always the next single.Listening again to these 13 A and B sides, I hear a great pop group whotried their best to be true to themselves and ultimately didnt disappoint.

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