Our show in Vicar Street on the 22nd of December has now sold out. We would like to thank all of you who bought tickets and are looking forward to seeing you all on the night.

Guten tag Spring Break fans,

Helmut Kohl here, delivering a short communiqué from your favourite super group. The guys are resting ahead of a hectic fourth quarter schedule and hope this memorandum finds you well. My brief today is to illuminate the future by lifting the curtain on the past. We shall begin.


All decades previous are burdened by the events they induced. The 1980s were no different. When I now think back to that time, some moments, more than others, retain a greater significance: Saddam Hussein launching a near decade-long waron Iran, the assassination of Olaf Palme, the Chernobyl disaster, the signing of the INF treaty, Richard Pryor setting himself on fire while freebasing cocaine. But it was the events of late 1989 in Berlin that still take my breath away.

Textbooks tell us Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan’s common desire for peace initiated the end of the Cold War – this I know to be true. But while their relationship did ultimately thaw that conflict, such a détente between the super powers of America and Europe was not unprecedented. The summer of 1984 gave us many things, but none more important than an act of political defiance that forced a super group to dream again. But before the dream, came a nightmare.

Spring Break’s otherworldly performance at the opening ceremony of that year’s Los Angeles Olympics was boycotted by Soviet TV networks angered by the band’s laissez faire approach to audacious hit making. This televisual embargo was the catalyst for Spring Break to draft The Van Couver Pact (VCP): a policy that sought musical liberalisation throughout Communist Europe.

Though I always believed the band’s intentions to be altruistic, some political leaders saw the VCP as an attempt to sell the Spring Break lifestyle and its accompanying merchandise to 300 million people yet to experience the sleek design of a Kendrick Berrera-endorsed sickle. Nevertheless, the guys were undeterred by such criticism and orchestrated a summit with Europe’s “Ambassadors of Rock”, Scorpions.

It is said the best relationships are those that are mutually beneficial and this affair was a match made in a musical hereafter. It was swiftly agreed Spring Break would call on their numerous business associates to secure Scorpions corporate sponsorship for their imminent ‘Love At First Sting’ American tour and all concert runs thereafter. In return, the German rockers would disseminate Spring Break paraphernalia at all their gigs east of the Brandenburg Gate.

This covert accord continued apace for three further years until, on the morning of June 12, 1987, both bands – escorted by long time Spring Break confidante, George P. Shultz – met with President Reagan ahead of his speech commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin. It was here that an openly emotional but unfaltering Hilton Burbank demanded the US Commander In Chief “tear down this wall”. It was only some two and a half years later that Europe’s great barrier of ideological division would collapse under chants of SPRING BREAK ÜBER ALLES.

This December 22nd, Spring Break will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their role in spreading the vision of justice with a show in Dublin’s Vicar St. Tickets for this show are €24.50 and go on sale 11am this Friday Oct 16th, online and in Sound Cellar of Nassau St.

I’m looking forward to us all once again feeling so close, like brothers.

Keep das fire burnin’,

Helmut & Spring Break