Lemonheads: It’s A Shame About Ray
Brought to you by Strange Brew, join ‘Lemonheads’ on their 30th Anniversary Tour, ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ as they take to the stage at the Róisín Dubh in Galway on Saturday 24th September 2022.
The Lemonheads’ evolution from post-Hüsker Dü hardcore punk rockers to teenage heartthrobs is one of the strangest sagas in alternative music. Initially, the group was a punk-pop trio formed by three teenage Boston suburbanites, but over the years, the band became a vehicle for Evan Dando. Blessed with good looks and a warm, sweet voice, Dando became a teen idol in the early ’90s, when Nirvana’s success made alternative bands commercially viable. While his simple, catchy songs were instantly accessible, they tended to hide the more subversive nature of his lyrics, as well as his gift for offbeat covers and his devotion to country-rock father Gram Parsons. After developing his signature blend of pop, punk, and country-rock on several independent records in the late ’80s, Dando moved the Lemonheads to Atlantic Records in 1990. Two years later, It’s a Shame About Ray made the group into media sensations, as Dando’s face appeared on music and teen magazines across America and Britain. This 30th anniversary tour of the breakthrough album of Lemonheads is a show that you definitely don’t want to miss!