Damian O'Neill

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Damian O'Neill
Damian O' Neill on stage with The Undertones on the Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany 2012
Damian O' Neill on stage with The Undertones on the Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany 2012
Background information
Birth nameStephen Damian O' Neill
Born (1961-01-15) 15 January 1961 (age 60)
Derry, Northern Ireland
GenresPunk rock
InstrumentsLead guitar, keyboards
Years active1976–1994 1999–present
LabelsSire Records
Ardeck Records
Virgin Records
Associated actsThe Undertones, That Petrol Emotion, The Everlasting Yeah

Stephen Damian O'Neill (born 15 January 1961) is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band, The Undertones. He joined the band following the departure of his older brother, Vincent, in 1976,[1] and remained with the band until their break up in 1983. O'Neill wrote several album tracks and singles during the career of The Undertones, usually writing with bassist Michael Bradley.

After the Undertones split in 1983, Damian O'Neill formed That Petrol Emotion with his guitarist brother, John O'Neill.

The Undertones reformed in 1999 and O'Neill continues to perform and record with them.

Damian O' Neill onstage with the Undertones in Barcelona 2007

Since 2012, Damian O'Neill and three of his former bandmates of That Petrol Emotion, Raymond Gorman, Ciaran McLaughlin and Brendan Kelly are active as London-based The Everlasting Yeah, playing kosmische Krautrock influenced music mixed with most individual soundscapes creating sheer amazing atmospheres with powerful guitary, percussionized tunes.[citation needed] Their first LP Anima Rising was released in late 2014.[2]

In 2001, O'Neill released the experimental electronic album A Quiet Revolution on Alan McGee's Poptones label. Furthermore, he as X-Valdez (nom de plume) released a 12-inch "Higher Grace" with arrangements by Xavier Jamaux and Athena Constantine on vocals on Toy's Factory in 2000.[3][4]

On November 10, 2014, he released a solo-single "Trapped in a Cage" on Overground Records. The 7" vinyl is limited to 500 copies only, however, it is downloadable via iTunes.

O'Neill is left-handed but plays the guitar right-handed.


  1. ^ "My Life As Part 1". Theundertones.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Trapped in a Cage". Overgroundrecords.co.uk. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  4. ^ "Damian O'Neill". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.