He won the famous U2 championship more than 40 years ago before they were hugely successful, but 2fm legend Dave Fanning revealed that it was his “music-obsessed” daughter Hayley who discovered Billie Eilish then. unknown on social networks in 2017.
As he prepares to host a new Virgin Media TV series of music shows, Fanning at Whelan’s, Dave also tells how he feels when he wins the Lottery of his life because his job has allowed him to be a teenager. eternal years.
However, Fanning (66), who has always been a contract worker and has never been among the big earners at RTÉ despite his personal record, admits that he regrets selling cheaply. himself for decades because he was not motivated by money.
Dave said: “My only regret is that I did so much to no avail.
“And I really regret it in some ways. On the main road? No.
“Do I want to win the lottery? F**k yeah. It would help if I bought a ticket from af**kin’. Do I need the money? Of course I do. Do I really care? No !”
But the father-of-three doesn’t complain when looking back at his career that still allows him to make a living doing what he loves.
Dave said: “Oh my God, I won the total lottery on wife and kids and work.
“I find it strange that people question why I’m still passionate about music they think is for 24 and I’m not 24. But it’s music and I love every minute of it. .”
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A father of two sons, Jack and Robert, and daughter Hayley, all of whom live in a family home, Dave says he and his wife Ursula enjoy their company and vacations.
“Hayley is obsessed with music,” he revealed.
“She ran into Billie Eilish on social media before anyone had heard of her. She bought Billie’s EP and the whole Fanning family supported it.
“I mentioned her name to about 20 different people in those days and everyone was like, ‘Billie Eilish, who is he?’ Then when I saw her playing in Amsterdam, I brought the whole family here as a Christmas present to surprise them.
“Billie was playing in a small room at the venue with about 80 people there. A woman brought her on stage with a little torch and she performed with the accompaniment and her brother Finneas, and the performance was fantastic. Then there were about seven people in line to buy a t-shirt and the woman was there. I said, ‘I saw you on stage with the torch. Are you Billie’s mother? It was. I said, ‘We came from Ireland to see you.’
“She said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous, you didn’t! OH! that’s great, would you like to meet her?’ So we went backstage, met Billie and Finneas and took pictures.
“About six months later, I saw her playing in Milan, and we said, ‘Well, maybe we can do it again just for a laugh.’ If you do it right, it’s not too expensive since you only stay a few nights. This time there were 120 people in the show and she still just released that EP. We met the mother again, greeted Billie, laughed heartily and took lots of pictures.
“And then about eight months later, she was playing in Stockholm, so we said, ‘Let’s go see her again, why not.’ This time there were about 800 people there because she was being broadcast on the radio. We met her family again, including her father, who was setting up the stage because he was a carpenter.
“It was early 2019 and about 26 days later she released her debut album and within two days she was the biggest name in the music industry.”
Fanning added that he is delighted to provide a platform for new and established Irish artists on Fanning’s latest seven-part television series At Whelan, which begins on Virgin Media Two next Saturday and will be repeated on Thursdays on Virgin Media One.
It will feature special guests chatting about the music, with Bob Geldof starting next week.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/rte-stalwart-dave-fanning-feels-like-he-won-the-lotto-in-life-thanks-to-his-career-42190415.html RTÉ stalwart Dave Fanning feels like he’s won ‘Lotto in life’ thanks to his career