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In Through The Out Door


When we requested a closing number for our video chat, it would have been easy for the guys to play one of the obvious hits here.

From Break On Through to Riders On The Storm, from Hello, I Love You to Light My Fire, The Doors have plenty of songs that can still get just about anyone’s mojo rising.

But, like any artist truly in love with what they do, the Meakins don’t go for the obvious. Instead, they jump on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1927 glass-raiser, Alabama Song, covered on their 1967 debut. Because, for the Meakins, it’s all about the outsider kicks. Not the million-selling hits.

Having first formed in the summer of 1997, after a scurrilous agent noticed just how good these guys were at channelling Jim Morrison and co, The Back Doors took the leap from house parties to the main stage when they stormed The Harbour Bar in March 1998.

The four Meakin brothers – were to prove an instant sensation, and were soon touring the countryheadlining at The Olympia, and embarking on European tours.John, Michael, Terry and

It was possibly whilst on one of those European tours that John fell in love with Berlin, his move there meaning The Back Doors were no more. From that date on, the band giged only when they all just happened to be in the same van at the same time.

And luckily for us, now is one of those rare oul’ times, The Back Doors – with newbie nephew, Josh – about to step out onto The Hot Spot stage on Thursday night. Which is where we caught them, deep in rehearsals…

You can catch The Back Doors at The Hot Spot on Thursday, February 7th, €10 in, doors 8pm.

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