The Olympia Theatre
Sunday 20th August 2020
John Prine celebrates 20 years of "In Spite Of Ourselves" with an Olympia Theatre show on Sunday 20th August!
Tickets priced from €69 including booking fee and €1 restoration levy went on sale via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330, however all tickets are now SOLD OUT.
The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult. Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
Doors open 7pm. Approximate stage times will be posted here once we receive them from production.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of John Prine’s beloved album, In Spite of Ourselves, which was originally released September 28, 1999 on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records. Prine’s first release after beating cancer, the 16-song record features a collection of duets with some of Prine’s favorite female country artists including the breakthrough title track, a duet with Iris DeMent. In the 20 years since it came out, “In Spite Of Ourselves” has become Prine’s most successful song with over 40 million streams.
In celebration of the anniversary, a new 2-song EP, Sittin’ On A Rainbow, featuring the remastered version of “In Spite Of Ourselves” along with “Who’s Gonna Take The Garbage Out” (featuring Iris DeMent from For Better, or Worse) is now available at all digital services (purchase/stream here). Also available today is a limited edition, pink vinyl of In Spite of Ourselves, released as part of the Ten Bands One Cause vinyl campaign. Proceeds from the release benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, a charity that provides support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Purchase here.
Produced by Jim Rooney, In Spite of Ourselves features collaborations with DeMent along withConnie Smith, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Melba Montgomery, Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Patty Loveless and John’s wife, Fiona Prine.
Reflecting on making the record, Rooney shares,
We started recording at Jack’s Tracks and knocked out the first duets with Iris, Melba and Connie. John had one more tour to do before the holidays, so we paused recordings. When he got back, he noticed a little sore that had developed on his neck, and when he got it checked out, he learned he had neck cancer. Everything came to a halt as John and Fiona left for Houston for John to get the surgery and radiation. No one knew if he would ever be able to sing again.
It took John awhile to recover, including hiring a trainer who would make him run up and down stairs and then put a guitar on and try to sing, but slowly his voice came back. During the end of his recovery, Billy Bob Thorton asked John to be a part of a film he was making, Daddy and Them. Billy Bob and Marty Stuart (who was putting together some of the music) asked John to write a song for the movie. He came up with “In Spite of Ourselves” and asked Iris to sing the female part.
John played the song for me when the film was finished and I just looked at John and said, “You’re back!” We soon jumped right back into the studio to finish what we had started. In Spite of Ourselves, the album, is the first album John put out since his dance with cancer and went on not only to be nominated for a Grammy, but is one of John’s most successful albums sold to date.
Additionally, Prine shares,
In Spite of Ourselves was the first thing I wrote that resembled work since my cancer. I had so much radiation in my throat area, I couldn’t sing. I could talk, but I didn’t have any power in my voice. I’d been kicking around the idea of a female duets record for a while, so I made a list of two or three girls per song until I had a list of about 35. I only expected one out of five would want to do it…but the first nine I called said yes.
Prine is currently in the midst of an extensive worldwide tour including an upcoming date at Hollywood’s John Anson Ford Amphitheatre as well as newly confirmed shows next summer at Louisville’s Louisville Palace (two nights) and Vienna’s Wolf Trap. Additionally, Prine’s All The Best Fest—a destination concert vacation—will take place at the all-inclusive Breathless + Now Onyx Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic November 11-15, 2019.
The landmark anniversary comes after a monumental series of years for Prine following the release of his critically acclaimed new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, which is out now on Oh Boy Records (purchase/stream here). Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, the album is Prine’s first release featuring new material in over 13 years and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 54,000 equivalent albums sold in its first week—a career high chart position and sales week for the legendary singer, songwriter and performer. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, #2 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. Adding to his remarkable year, Prine was officially inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this spring, received three GRAMMY nominations and received two awards at the 2019 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards: Album of the Year (The Tree of Forgiveness) and Song of the Year (“Summer’s End” written by Prine and Pat McLaughlin).
A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.
Following the 2015 death of his friend and business partner Al Bunetta, Prine is now President and sole owner of Oh Boy Records. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their three sons, a daughter-in-law and his grandchildren.