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Bobby Womack announces Dublin show

1 of 1 Bobby Womack plays The Olympia, Dubln on July 9th
Bobby Womack plays The Olympia, Dubln on July 9th

Bobby Womack, soul legend, Rolling Stones hit maker and Gorillaz collaborator, has confirmed a date at The Olympia Theatre on July 9th.

Promoters MCD are insisting that Womack will play for "one night only - no extra dates will be added". Tickets from €40 including booking fee go on sale this Wednesday at 9am via Ticketmaster.

Womack released his first album in 19 years last summer. The critically-acclaimed The Bravest Man In The Universe was co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell.

"I was ostracised from the music community when I was 21 (on marrying Barbra Cooke, Sam Cooke's widow). I feel like after 45 years Damon has welcomed me back in," said Womack at the time

The 69-year-old from Ohio has previously worked with Albarn on Stylo, a standout track from Gorillaz’s last album Plastic Beach. He had been inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009, just as he was finally emerged from the long, painful aftermath of his addictions to cocaine and alcohol.

Womack began his career with his siblings in The Womack Brothers, releasing their first record when Bobby was just ten. The Rolling Stones enjoyed their first UK No 1 hit with a cover of Womack’s Its All Over Now in 1964, beginning a working friendship between Womack and The Stones.

In the mid-‘60s, he was an in-demand guitarist, playing on such landmark albums as Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul, Janis Joplin’s Pearl and There’s A Riot Goin’ On by Sly And The Family Stone.

As a solo artist, he scored hits with ‘70s albums Communication, Understanding, Across 110th Street and Facts Of Life. Following his trilogy of acclaimed mid-80s albums The Poet, The Poet II and So Many Rivers, Womack’s addictions began to affect his career and his marriage until finally kicked his habits in 1996, and holed up in semi-retirement in Los Angeles.

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