GILBERTMANIA HITS DUBLIN
Source: The Evening Press
Writer: Michael Keane
Date: 01 Nov 1972
Anybody who claimed that Waterford-born hit maker Gilbert O'Sullivan would simply not be able to reproduce his own special brand of music for a live audience can forget about this idea.
He can and he did - twice last night, at his first ever live concert in a jam packed National Stadium Dublin where the scene brought back memories of the ravaged Middle Abbey Street in the good old day's of Beatlemania.
It was Gilbertmania last night with a vengence, with thousands of screaming girls chanting for his arrival, and then greeting his every song with screeches, tears and roars of approval.
Gilbert was completely in control of his audience and, despite his nervous little dance around the stage after each number, there was no doubt that he will be a huge success in the rest of his tour, which takes him through Britain.
ridiculous image of a schollboy in half-mast trousers was thankfully gone and Gilbert appeared in an All American college boy white sweater with a big red G on the front, black corduroy trousers and white sneakers.
For 45 minutes he treated the audience to all his famous number such as "Nothing Rhymed", "Matrimony", "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Permissive Twit" and his latest one "Clair".
He relied heavily on his first LP "Himself", for the show numbers perhaps because his new album, "Back To Front" is new to the shops and it's numbers may not be so familiar to everybody.
When British star-maker Gordon Mills (he manages Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck) announced two year ago that he was paying a young crazily dressed Irishman with the ludicrous name of Gilbert O'Sullivan £10 a week to disappear into a grubby bedsitter and write songs, people her sneered and laughted.
Last night there were no sneers and fewer laughs as Gilbert O'Sullivan returned home to be adored by the Irish.