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Brogue rock - celebrate Coleman's 75th

The Saw Doctors will celebrate Coleman's 75th year with March 12 concert:

Peter Coleman's ready to rock.

The last time the Syracuse tavern-keeper brought a world-famous band to Syracuse it was the Irish Rovers, performing in honor of the 60th anniversary of Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub in 1993.

This year, it'll be Ireland's premier rock band, the Saw Doctors, who will toast Coleman's, a Tipperary Hill landmark since 1933.

'Seems like yesterday'

"Time passes quickly. It seems like just yesterday that the Rovers were here," Coleman said. "But the Saw Doctors! This is big-time entertainment. What a great way to kick off our 75th year."

The Saw Doctors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 12, at the Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., downtown. Tickets cost $20 and $30; 435-8000. There's also a special dinner-concert package available at Coleman's for $100; 476-1933.

A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the St. Patrick Hunger Project. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring dry or canned food products on March 12.

'I Useta Lover'

Formed in Galway in 1987 by songwriters Davy Carton and Leo Moran, the Saw Doctors hit the jackpot in 1990 with a song called "I Useta Lover" which became Ireland's best-selling single ever. Their first album followed and its title demonstrated the band's self-deprecating sense of humor: "If This is Rock'n'Roll I Want My Old Job Back."

Now, with 11 discs to their credit, the Saw Doctors received the 2008 Meteor Irish Music Lifetime Achievement Awards.

"We were quite pleased to get an honor after all these years," Carton said in a recent telephone interview. "It was a big deal, a big TV show and they put us up in a fancy hotel in Dublin, but as Leo says, 'It's a milestone on our career not a tombstone.'"

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