Artists / Bands, Culture, Live Reviews, Metal / Hard Rock — March 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

The Thin Lizzy boys are back in town !


Legendary band Thin Lizzy hit Australian shores with their ‘Still Dangerous’ tour 2013.

For those who don’t know, this highly influential and underrated hard rock / heavy metal Irish act had a thriving life during the seventies and early eighties and then disbanded. A few years later, founding member, bass player and singer Phil Lynott passed away, ending any hopes of a reunion of their classic line-up. 

For those who might have been living in Mars for the past 40 years, this band penned classics such as ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and had a massive influence on eighties heavy metal. Hence their status as legends. Hence the happiness of many when reunions of the band were announced in the mid nineties, and then again around ten years ago.

This time around they’ve been touring with Kiss and Mötley Crüe, and decided to headline their only show in the iconic Billboard the Venue, downtown Melbourne, Australia.

An enthusiastic middle-aged crowd received opening act Diva Demolitionwho rocked the place and warmed up the worn skeletons of the silver-haired crowd with their honest and direct girlie rock music.

Thin Lizzy took to the stage after a short intermission, and unleashed ‘Are You Ready’ and ‘Jailbreak’ in absolute awe for the crowd’s reaction. Besides the legendary Scott Gorham on guitars, and founding member Brian Downey on drums, the band shines with the attitude and musicianship delivered by veteran Marco Mendonza on bass, previous member Darren Wharton on keyboards, The Almighty‘s Ricky Warwick on vocals and occasional guitars, and Damon Johnson on guitars.

One by one classics were revisited, rehashed by this six-man combo and torpedoed towards the euphoric punters: the magnificent ‘Angel of Death’, the mellow and sensible ‘Cowboy Song’, the iconic ‘Rosalie’, and the mandatory anthems ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and ‘The Boys are Back in Town’.

The crowd reacted with absolute passion, singing all the songs in unison, and acknowledging the rock-God status of the two original (ok, one is semi-original, still a legend) members present – fact also praised by the lead singer several times during the set.

An hour and a half that showed that tribute bands can work, even if some pieces of the puzzle are missing and can’t be replaced. 

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