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70's Classic Rock / Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:52:44 PM »
Every year in Dublin on the 4th of January there is a get together to celebrate the life and music of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott on the anniversary of his death in 1986 and its called the Vibe for Philo.  Lots of tribute bands, sometimes former Lizzy members jam with them.  Well in 2016 Lizzy drummer Brian Downey came out and jammed with a band called the Low Riders for 5 songs before he played a full set with original Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell.  It was great to see him play live finally.  The following year he put a band together to play a full set of Lizzy tunes, basically the set list from their Live and Dangerous album.  They played three nights in a row for the 2017 Vibe.  Then a few months later they announce a European tour so I got to see them in a small club in Frankfurt Germany in front of maybe 100 people.  Dont know if he wants to take this out of Europe but he has said he wants to write material with these guys.

Judge for yourselves
Documentary of band for 2017 Vibe for Philo

2016 Vibe with the Low Riders  Dancing In The Moonlight/Massacre

Sep 2017 show in Sweden drum solo

Someone Else? / When should a band hang it up?
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:36:05 AM »
Lots of turmoil the last few weeks with announced farewell tours and other health issues and deaths affecting bands. 

When should a band pull the plug on touring/recording under their name?

With the internet and social media one only has to go to the comments section on a site like  Blabbbermouth to find how people feel on a band and previous members.

No Steve Perry, no Journey
No Ace and Peter, No KISS
No Sebastian Bach, No Skid Row
No Geoff Tate, No Queensryche
No KK Downing, No Judas Priest
No Bill Ward, No Black Sabbath

The list goes on.  Some is in jest, some is with all seriousness.  Almost all bands go through change in their careers.  Some is what they need to make it over the hump (AJ Pero joining Twisted Sister, Bruce Dickinson with Iron Maiden, Midge Ure with Ultravox, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson with Thin Lizzy) others needed to get a cancer out of the mix no matter what the career implications might be (Tate from Queensryche, DiAnno from Iron Maiden, Bach from Skid Row, Pete Willis from Def Leppard, Kottak from Scorpions, Jordison from Slipknot).  Bands are a marriage. Marriages between two people struggle and need work to thrive and many dont survive.  Try that with two, three, or more folks in the mix.  Life priorities change, visions for the bands direction change, ego takes over logic. 

Should Black Sabbath stopped under that name when Ronnie Dio joined after Ozzy's departure in the late 70's? 

Should Queensryche have kept on as Rising West after Tate's ouster?


Someone Else? / Best Concert You've Ever Attended
« on: February 10, 2018, 06:05:03 PM »
Mine is still J Geils Band with George Thorogood opening at Madison Square Garden 20 Feb 1982.  It was J Geils' birthday. Some fans brought cakes and presents which got passed up on stage.  If you've never been to MSG it used to have a walkway in the arena bowl about a third of the way up from the floor.  Thorogood gets up on this and solos his way all the way around the arena.  Then J Geils came out and played and jammed almost till midnite.  The Garden used to have an 11PM curfew. Every minute past that time cost thousands of dollars in union OT for the stagehands.  After the second encore the roadies come up to take down the gear and the band comes back out.  Two more songs, band leaves again.  Peter Wolf is heading up the stairs for a fourth encore when someone just picked him up and carried him back to the dressing room.  I've been to a lot of shows (probably over 700) and have never seen anything like this one.

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