a short site about The Divine Comedy

Divine no more

The Divine Comedy, three of whose members are from Fermanagh, is to break up after the end of its tour of France, the UK and Ireland.

The seven-piece band was for a time one of the most popular live acts in the UK, with 11 top 40 singles.

The Fermanagh three met at Portora Royal School, which sits on a hill just outside of Enniskillen, where Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett were also educated.

A week after the split as rumored, the band still released a new single, Perfect Lovesong. Then the news was officially released on the band’s website.

“It is with great sadness that we would like to confirm the rumors regarding the breakup of the band,” the message read. “The Divine Comedy have been performing and recording as a seven-piece band for the last four years but it has been decided that the forthcoming UK, Paris and Ireland tours will be the last for the band in its current lineup. Neil, as the Divine Comedy member signed to Parlophone, will continue to record for the label.”

Stephen McKinley
The Irish Echo 07/11/2001