Fresh from the success of their ‘mini-tour with a twist’ over the August Bank Holiday weekend, The Coronas have decided to visit Killarney today (Wednesday).
They’ll start in the INEC car park at 5pm, then tomorrow (Thursday), in partnership with Golden Discs, The Coronas will visit three more locations to sign copies of their latest album True Love Waits.
‘True Love Waits’ was released on July 31, and to celebrate the launch the band teamed up with their friends at Murphy’s Ice Cream. The Coronas tour bus was a Super Sprinkles ice-cream van, from which they signed copies of the album and gave away free pots of Murphy’s most popular flavour, Dingle Sea Salt, to their fans; a perfect combination for a refreshing summer treat.
The ice-cream tour was a huge success with queues of eager fans at every destination. The band always love interacting with their fans so the album signing was fun for all. Of course, social distancing and hygiene measures were strictly observed at every stop along the tour.
“When we realised that we weren’t going to be able to promote the album like before, we started thinking about different ideas to mark the launch,” lead singer Danny said.
“With no gigs, in-store signings or radio performances permitted, our manager had the idea that we get in an ice cream van and travel the country giving out free ice cream and selling the album! With everything that’s going on at the moment we thought it might add a tiny bit of positivity into the world and we can’t wait to get out and see some of our fans and friends around the country that we haven’t seen since before lockdown. There’s a long way to go before we beat this unfortunately named virus, but, remember, ‘True Love Waits’.”
Sean Murphy of Murphy’s Ice Cream, said they were more than happy to help The Coronas celebrate their album launch.
“Murphy’s are delighted to be partnering with another great Irish (music) producer! We collect salt water from the seas of Dingle, and make our own sea salt, which forms the basis of this uniquely Irish ice cream flavour and our top best seller, Dingle Sea Salt. We hope the band and their fans enjoy it.”
True Love Waits marks the start of what is now more than a new chapter in the career of one of Ireland’s biggest, best-loved bands, it’s more like a whole new book. A quartet for 13 years, last summer The Coronas became a trio when guitarist Dave McPhillips unexpectedly left. Dave’s departure forced the remaining band members to reconsider their way of writing, and so they collaborated with other writers leading to changes in song structures and instrumentation. All this helped to push The Coronas out of their comfort zone and resulted in an album that the band are immensely proud of and excited to share with their fans.
The Coronas would like to thank Super Sprinkles for kindly lending their van for this trip, and Murphy’s and Golden Discs for partnering with them. The Coronas and their team will continue to follow all Government COVID-19 guidelines with regard to social distancing and sanitisation.