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Thin Lizzy: Live In London 2011

Ever since legendary guitarist Scott Gorham resurrected the name Thin Lizzy various line ups have come and gone with varying degrees of success and authenticity. Although whether the Lizzy name should be out there at all as a touring and in this case (live) recording act is down to your own individual view point on whether there can ever be a Thin Lizzy without the late, great Phil Lynott.

The first and so far only time I've seen Lizzy was a few years back when Gorham was joined by John Sykes - his one-time six string partner in the band. The latter handled the vocals and with ex-Whitesnake pairing of Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Marco Mendoza (bass) creating the rhythms, it was a bizarrely "Metalized" version of what was once a Classic Rock act known for their subtlety and touch, rather than grit and bombast. Thankfully though, Gorham now has original Lizzy drummer Brian Downey back on board and along with latter day Lynott side-man Darren Wharton on keyboards there is a slightly stronger grip on the Lizzy sound in evidence on Live In London 2011. Completing the line up for this show and the adjoining tour were former Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick, Def Leppard/Whitesnake/Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell and Mendoza who reprised his bass role.

If Lizzy starts and stops with Lynott for you, then there's little here that will convince you to change your mind. However for those of us too young to savour those days, there's much to be impressed with on this release, not least the manner in which the band's classic songs are treated with much respect and care this time round. Gorham, Campbell and at times Warwick recreate the twin guitar sound to perfection. Downey seems to have calmed Mendoza's over egged performance of days gone by and while neither he, nor Ricky Warwick will ever have the charisma and emotion of Lynott, both do a fine job of presenting these songs in all their glory. On the whole Warwick keeps it simple, sounding like himself, rather than aping the great man, but his Irish lilt also keeps things reasonably close to how these songs should sound. He does struggle however with the slower numbers, especially with "Still In Love With You", where the golden throated Wharton takes over for long spells, and while I love the latter's work with Dare, the whole things veers too close to "tribute act" for its own good.

I've spoken to a few people who have seen this line up perform (Campbell appears to have moved on now) and haven't heard a word of dissent yet. If you are one of those who joined them, then Live In London 2011 will be a wonderful document of that tour. For the rest of us, well this is much better than I hoped for, or expected, but the fact remains that if you want to hear Lizzy live, you're going to reach for Live And Dangerous, or the recently issued and thoroughly excellent Live '75 every time aren't you?


Track Listing
1. Are You Ready?
2. Waiting For An Alibi
3. Jailbreak
4. Do Anything You Want To
5. Don't Believe A Word
6. Dancing In The Moonlight
7. Massacre
8. Angel Of Death
9. Still In Love With You
10. Whiskey In The Jar
11. Emerald
12. Wild One
13. Sha La La La
14. Cowboy Song
15. The Boys Are Back In Town
16. Rosalie
17. Bad Reputation
18. Black Rose
19. Black Rose (Reprise)

Added: November 2nd 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Thin Lizzy Online
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Language: english

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Thin Lizzy: Live In London 2011
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-02 07:46:58
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It is now 2011 and Phillip Parris Lynott, the songwriter, bass player and singer of Thin Lizzy has been gone now for 25 years and is now JUST beginningto receive the acclaim that he so justly deserves. Thin Lizzy IS, WAS and will always be one of those legendary Hard Rock bands that has legions of famous musicians as devoted followers, many who have covered a Lizzy tune or 2, and somehow have managed to fly under the radar of the masses. A crying shame!!!But for many of us that never got to see the original line up of Thin Lizzy, the newly formed version is out there keeping the music alive and I for one love that they are.

Led by gravely underrated guitar hero & original member of the twin guitar era Lizzy, Scott Gorham, this line up has released a new live 2 CD set entitled "Live in London (Hammersmith Apollo)" (Four Worlds Media).Recorded earlier in the year, Thin Lizzy barnstorms through 18 of their classics, all sounding as fresh and energetic as when they were first recorded! Rounding out the original members of Thin Lizzy in this line up is the one and only drummer that the band EVER had, the incomparable Brian Downey, who just has a certain swing to his playing that was always a such an integral part of the Lizzy sound and keyboard player, Darren Wharton, who joined Lizzy on the 1981 album, "Renegade. But Thin Lizzy wouldn't be Lizzy without those majestic twin lead guitar harmonies and added into the fold is another 80's guitar hero, Vivian Campbell. Viv has been a lifelong Lizzy fan and it shows all over "Live in London".Viv plays the role of Brian Robertson and Gary Moore to the "T" and along with Scott Gorham they carve out some note for note renditions of "WaitingFor An Alibi", "Emerald", "Sha La La", "BadReputation" and an amazing version of the twin lead heavy, "Wild One". Campbell again gets the spotlight and very simply nails the fan favorite solo in "Still In Love With You", channeling his inner Brian Robertson and using the wah-wah to glorious heights, as well as on the Gary Moore guitar opus that is "Black Rose", which again Viv is simply brilliant on.

Completing the 2011 version of Thin Lizzy is the in high demand bass player, Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, John Sykes) and the man with HUGE shoes to try and fill every night, singer and background guitar player Ricky Warwick (The Almighty). Now let this be said from the get go, NO ONE could ever replace Phil Lynott, but as being an obvious fan that grew up loving Thin Lizzy, Warwick does a pretty decent job. Warwick's voice is a tad rough in spots and he does wobble a bit through a few tunes like "Black Rose"and The Boys Are Back In Town", but also does a great job on songs like "Angel of Death" and "Rosalie".

"Live In London" is a great live document and the energy of the band comes through in living color, while of the history of Thin Lizzy and the 2011 version keeps the songs close to the vest and true to their original renditions. Scott Gorham sounds amazing and Vivian Campbell is a great choice as the 2nd guitar player. He plays it more like the Brian Robertson which, of course is the perfect compliment to Gorham. Also having Brian Downey back in the band is also a very special highlight and helps make the 18 tracks come alive. "Live In London" covers a great cross section of Thin Lizzy's twin guitar era material and shows just how great of a songwriter Phil Lynott very truly was and how great a band that Thin Lizzy is, was and always will be. R.I.P Phil.


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Thin Lizzy: Live In London 2011
Posted by andy hartley on 2011-11-03 06:11:53
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About thin lizzy review it's bang on lizzy without phil is just another tribute band time foe something new to make the band real again ps THIN LIZZY ARE MY ALL TIME FAV BAND




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