Rod has revealed in an interview with Billboard that he was banned by the BBC from singing Grace ahead of his superb appearance on The Chris Evans Breakfast show on Radio 2 this morning [Friday]
Rod was told that he wasn't going to be allowed sing the Irish ballad. As you will have heard by now, the song depicts the life and tragic romance between Grace Evelyn Gifford Plunkett and Joseph Plunkett.
Grace Plunkett was an Irish artist and cartoonist who was active in the Republican movement. She married her fiancé, Joseph Plunkett, in Kilmainham Gaol. A few hours after they were married, Joseph was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
This doomed romance was immortalised in a song written in 1985 by Frank and Seán O'Meara and since then, the song was adopted by the Green Brigade, a group of Celtic supporters, who have made it their own.
Speaking to the Daily Record this week about the criticism he will get in Scotland Rod said: “I don’t care if I get stick from Rangers fans. They are entitled to their opinion but it’s one of the most tragic love songs I’ve ever sung. I did my homework on it before I recorded it.
“I went over to Dublin, went to Kilmainham Gaol, I went to the chapel where it all happened so I could understand the song. You can’t attach the I R A to that song. He was in the Irish freedom fighters.”
Amazingly he was also told he could not still not sing his 1976 hit The Killing Of Georgie, speaking to Billboard Rod said “I asked if I could do The Killing of Georgie, which, as you know, is about a homosexual friend of mine…, who was murdered in the ’70s,” he tells Billboard. “I thought it would be OK now because they banned it when it first came out. “I asked if I could sing it and they said, no, it was too controversial. This was 1976 and now we’re in 2018… Unbelievable.”
Rod went on to perform a faultless four songs on the excellent Chris Evans show including a sort of duet with Michael Buble on Bonnie Tyler's It's A Heartache ..well worth checking out on the BBC iplayer.
Continuing with a controversial theme this week Rod also gave his thoughts on Brexit backing calls for a referendum on the final Brexit deal after claiming the British public were “fooled” into voting to leave the EU.
Rod told The Independent, There were "too many doubts" in the minds of the electorate to leave the EU without first returning the decision to the British public.
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