ALIVE AND DANGEROUS — Thin Lizzy Anniversary Shows

Due to exceptional demand Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS has added a second presentation show-date at Nells Jazz & Blues in London for Saturday 25th November. At the time of writing few tickets remain…

Drummer Brian Downey is known to millions of rock fans as a founding member of THIN LIZZY.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album

He will play with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on the 24th & 25th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the best live rock albums of all time: Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous.”

On the occasion of this exceptional London show, Downey’s band will feature Brian Grace (better known as guitarist for the Commitments’ Andrew Strong), and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

The famous Thin Lizzy drummer, Downey, rejected the offer to join the Black Star Riders and, instead, took a gap year. In 2013, he met with Brian Grace and discussed various aspects of music, and in what direction he wanted to carry out his musical projects.

Says Brian, “After the Thin Lizzy reunion shows finished in 2013, I was asked to join, what turned out to be Black Star Riders, but it just didn’t feel right for me. In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that’s when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (guitar), both of whom had been in a band called The Low Riders (their name was taken from a lyric from the Thin Lizzy song Johnny The Fox).”

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album. Although the album was recorded live in 1977 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and at Seneca College in Toronto, it was not officially released until a year later in 1978.

I got hooked on Thin Lizzy’s music at the age of twelve,” says Brian Grace, [lead guitar & backing vocals.] “I’m a huge fan of those songs. It’s such a dream to be playing with the best drummer in the world! The musicians in the band love and respect the Lizzy sound that we really try and recreate it true to the original sound. We can’t wait to perform at Nells Jazz & Blues in November. We’re ready and on top of our game.”

Brian Downey’s early musical influences came from his father who played in a local pipe band in Dublin. His heroes of the 1960s include The Kinks, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Downey met his friend, the Thin Lizzy co-founder and bassist Philip Lynott, who attended the same school, when he joined The Black Eagles in 1965.

Main Image: Photo Credit: © Larry Canavan


Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous”
Live at Nells Jazz & Blues, London
Friday 24th November 2017


Live at Nells Jazz & Blues, London
Saturday 25th November 2017

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