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Old 08-16-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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RIP Ronnie Drew

NEW @U2 BONO REMEMBERS RONNIE DREW
August 16, 2008
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Legendary Irish singer Ronnie Drew died in Dublin Saturday at 73. U2 and other Irish musicians paid tribute to Drew earlier this year with a track called "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew." Bono had this to say today on U2.com:

"Weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs... that's what I loved about Ronnie Drew's voice and spirit. Music to inspire, to console... an optimism that was contagious... that's what U2 took from The Dubliners. Ronnie has left his earthly tour for one of the heavens... they need him up there... it's a little too quiet and pious. God is lonely for a voice louder than His own... then the bad weather will break..."




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Old 08-16-2008, 11:44 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this.

RIP Ronnie Drew.

I can think of no better way of honouring his memory than posting a link to the Dubliners' version of 'Springhill Mining Disaster', that great, great song that U2 also covered on the Late Late Show on Irish TV back in the day:


YouTube - The Dubliners - Springhill Mine Disaster
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And the song that inspired Van Diemen's Land:-

YouTube - The Dubliners - Von Diemen's Land
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God bless Ronnie Drew. How fantastic that he got to hear all the tributes paid to him, and that U2 were among the Irish musicians who stretched open their arms and sent him their love when it still mattered.

That's going to be one hell of a wake, for sure!
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