it has now been 25 years since the great Phil Lynott passed away dancing
with the angels at the young age of 37. Rock fans had lost one of their
greatest ever idols, a poet, a rocker, a charmer, a chancer, a hero, a
wild one who could immortalize stories into four minute rock songs that
will be forever etched into our memory.
of Thin Lizzy continuing as a live band without their dynamic frontman
divides opinion of past members, critics and fans alike.
playing for one night only in Dublin in 2005 in tribute to Phil Lynott,
former guitarists Gary Moore and Brain Robertson have both refused to
have anything to do with the idea of touring under the Thin Lizzy
banner. Personally I can't blame Scott Gorham for wanting to go out on
stage and play these magnificent songs for fans old and new alike.
now in my early forties missed the opportunity of seeing Lizzy in action
back in their day, although I count myself fortunate enough to have seen
Phil Lynott in his post Lizzy concept Grand Slam.
weren't even born when the singer passed away can now check out the
greatness of not only Lynott's unique songwriting skills but also the
twin lead guitar sound that is so synonymous with the Lizzy sound.
latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy, joining Gorham are original Lizzy boys
drummer Brian Downey who is making a very welcome return and keyboardist
Leppard and making up the 'twin' sound is Vivian Campbell, and for the
difficult parts of following in Lynott's footsteps is bassist Marco
Mendoza and what really has set the tongues wagging, taking on the
vocals is Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick. Will they be live and
dangerous or will they die an angel of death?
barks over the PA "Are you ready?", as the curtain drops and unveils
the classic Thin Lizzy logo illuminated in flashing lights, Gorham and
Campbell come out with all guns blazing followed to the centre by Ricky
Warwick who also has a guitar strapped around him for a triple assault.
The band are most certainly ready and after listening to the following
classics' Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Jailbreak' in quick succession, the
whole of the Academy was ready.
that Warwick's voice is at first a little too punky for Lizzy, but he
soon calms down and enjoys the situation he has found himself in and
plays no disrespect to the songs of the great man.
In fact I
found Warwick a great frontman in such difficult circumstances and did a
passionate job throughout. Although he had a guitar with him for
most of the set, I felt it was only there for comfort value as I
couldn't hear his playing over the volume of Gorham and Campbell.
lightened up for 'Do Anything You Want To' when Campbell, Warwick and
Gorham had a drum each placed in front of them as they tried to play the
drum parts followed by them trying to play their guitar licks on cue
raised a lot of smiles from the band and fans alike.
Death' and 'Wild One were greeted like long lost friends, a forgotten
classic that still sounds so fresh. Not so surprisingly it was the
softer voiced Darren Wharton who mainly sang on the epic ballad 'Still
In Love With You' followed by a rousing 'Whiskey In The Jar' that was
mid-placed into the set.
It was great
to hear the sweet savage attack of Vivian Campbell on songs like
'Emerald', I haven't really heard him play guitar like a rock god since
his days in Dio, as he really doesn't get the chance to rock in his day
job in Def Leppard (More fool them).
Lizzy sound was all there with Scott Gorham pulling out those ringing
riffs at every opportunity and a joy to hear. Brain Downey at the
back keeping the perfect pace ensuring these songs are kept at the
With a mouth
watering set-list this was a fantastic evening that should silence the
doubters. One must wonder what Phil Lynott would be making of this up
there in the great big sky, but I bet he would love to be down here,
back in town with the boys up there on the stage. Lynott's star
was shining bright tonight.
Set list: Are You Ready /Waiting For An Alibi /Jailbreak
/Do Anything You Want To /Don't Believe A Word / Dancing In
The Moonlight /Massacre /Angel Of Death / Still In
Love With You /Whiskey In The Jar /Emerald / Wild One
/Sha La La /Cowboy Song /Boys Are Back In Town ...encores ...
Rosalie /Bad Reputation /Black Rose