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    Dave Fanning Sunday 22 March 2015


    Dave Fanning

    Dave Fanning brings you a mix of interviews, newspaper reviews, movies and music from 10am to midday every Saturday and Sunday on 2fm.

    Political Gaffes

    Politicians have been saying or doing silly things for as long as they’ve been around.  Earlier in the week we had US Vice President Joe Biden putting his foot in it, when he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala in Washington for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations….  Eoin Sweeney has been looking at some other particular political offenders...




    Alexander McQueen

    Alexander McQueen took his own life in February 2010.  He was one of the most famous and loved fashion designers.   Author Andrew Wilson releases a biography which tells the real story of McQueen's life. 

    Happy Playlist

    Last Friday was International Day of Happiness and to celebrate, the United Nations asked musicians and music fans worldwide to suggest their ultimate happy songs.  Conor Behan has been looking at the whole idea of a Happy Playlist.



    Virtual Reality

    Movie director Ridley Scott is to become the first mainstream film maker to embrace the next great technological leap: virtual reality (or VR)...  But is VR just another fad that people will lose interest in or is it the next step in the evolution of our entertainment particularly in movies and gaming?  Here to tell us more is Adrian Weckler, Technology Correspondent with the Irish Independent

    Dave Fanning

    Ireland’s first official national pop radio station (RTÉ 2fm) was launched in the summer of ’79 with Dave presenting a rock show every evening. Dave was seen by the music industry as Ireland’s answer to John Peel, the legendary BBC Radio One presenter.

    His first radio session on RTÉ 2fm was with U2 who were then a young Dublin band. His connection to the band continues today - U2 gives Dave the world exclusive play on all U2 releases.

    Dave has fronted more than twenty television programmes ranging from arts, culture and quiz shows to political documentaries. In the nineties he presented, researched and wrote up to 400 movie review programmes for RTE TV, travelling regularly to America and beyond for one-on-one interviews with the stars (Tom Cruise,Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Denis Quaid, Nicholas Cage, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Madonna, J-Lo, Uma Thurman, George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Robert De Niro, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Segal, Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore, Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Scarlett Johanssen, Cate Blanchette, John Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, Oprah Winfrey, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Angelina Jolie, John Malcovich, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Christina Ricci, Anthony Hopkins and many more including directors from Robert Altman to Stephen Spielberg. This year? From Daniel Craig to Quentin Tarantino).

    In music, he has interviewed well over 500 bands and artists including Eminem, Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Jon Bon Jovi, The Killers, Billy Joel, PJ Harvey, Flaming Lips, New York Dolls, Elbow, Paul Weller, Ryan Adams, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Robbie Williams, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Ashcroft, Moby, U2, Air, Morrissey, Eels, Def Leppard, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fatboy Slim, Garbage, Blur, Alanis Morrissette, Metallica, Kylie Minogue, Tori Amos, Lenny Kravitz, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Kirsty McColl, ACDC, Cliff Richard, Nick Cave, Garth Brooks, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Dave Matthews, Beyonce and many more. Other interviews include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Robert Plant, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and numerous bands and acts at different times over their career. AND he met Bob Marley!

    For over twenty years he won the Best DJ award in the Hot Press Reader’s Poll (including 2013), he’s a three times winner of the Best DJ at the Meteor Music Awards and was granted the Industry Award in 2004 and collected a PPI Award in 2011 and on Virgin Radio in London he won one ‘for his outstanding contribution to radio’. In The UK he was a member of the Mercury Music Prize team for its first three years.

    In ’08 Dave was asked by Harper-Collins in London to write his autobiography. With a foreword written by Bono, The Thing is…’ was published in 2010.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 10:13
      Title: Cocoon
      Performer(s): Ash
      Performer(s): Ash
      Album: Cocoon - Single
      Duration: 2:40
    • 11:07
      Title: The Same Boy You've Always Been
      Performer(s): The White Stripes
      Performer(s): The White Stripes
      Duration: 3:21
    • 11:12
      Title: Kiss
      Performer(s): Prince
      Performer(s): Prince
      Duration: 3:59
    • 11:15
      Title: Three Little Birds
      Performer(s): Bob Marley & The Wailers
      Performer(s): Bob Marley & The Wailers
      Album: Legend (Remastered)
      Duration: 3:15
    • 11:17
      Title: Do You Realize??
      Performer(s): The Flaming Lips
      Performer(s): The Flaming Lips
      Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
      Duration: 3:45
    • 11:21
      Title: Good Times
      Performer(s): Chic
      Performer(s): Chic
      Album: Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic
      Duration: 3:43
    • 11:26
      Title: Everybodys Free To Wear Sunscreen
      Performer(s): Baz Luhrmann
      Performer(s): Baz Luhrmann
      Duration: 5:19

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