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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."

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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