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13th September 2017

thin lizzy

Due to exceptional demand, Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous have added a second London date at the Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Saturday 25th November.

Brian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as a founding member of Thin Lizzy, will also perform at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday 24th November with his new band Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous, to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest live rock albums of all time, Thin Lizzy's 'Live And Dangerous'.

To mark these rare, on-off London shows, Downey's band will feature Brian Grace, guitarist for the Commitments' Andrew Strong, and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

thin lizzy

After the Thin Lizzy reunion wrapped in 2013, Downey declined the offer of joining Black Star Riders and instead took a year off. In 2013, he met Brian Grace and discussed various aspects of music, and which direction he wanted to take his music next.

Downey tells us:

"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 and Phil Edgar, 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'.

"In January 2017 we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo and it went so well that we decided to form Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous and make it a full time proposition."

thin lizzy

2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy's 'Live And Dangerous' album. Although the album was recorded live in 1977 at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto's Seneca College, it wasn't officially released until a year later in 1978.

Brian Grace told us:

"I got hooked on Thin Lizzy's music at the age of twelve. 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."


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