With all sorts of classic material that still holds up well today, and after influencing literally dozens of bands that have put out major label albums (including Metallica, Van Halen, Ratt, U2, and many, many more), you'd think that Thin Lizzy would be a household name.
While they are still quite popular and respected in the U.K. they only have a cult following in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world.
Part of the problem was that they never finished a U.S. tour - and one of Lizzy's biggest strengths was their live performances (which were phenomenal) - which never allowed them to build on the success of their huge hit single, "The Boys are Back in Town."
Albums like Johnny the Fox, Bad Reputation, and Black Rose failed to find a large audience in the States, where they were big hits in the U.K.
But thanks to DVD you can catch some of their live magic - the Live and Dangerous DVD features a concert from 1977 (unfortunately edited, however, down to about half of it's original length - this editing was done more than 20 years ago for the initial VHS tape release of the show). Fortunatley, however, the DVD also features the first show on the Thunder and Lightning tour from 1983, featuring then new guitar player John Sykes. It was a short set filmed specifically for TV, but the band is in top form.
Check out some clips...
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2009 10:51:04 GMT -5 by Erik Rupp
Albums like Johnny the Fox, Bad Reputation, and Black Rose failed to find a large audience in the States
Why do you think this is?
They were never able to complete a U.S. tour. Phil would get sick, someone would get hurt - stuff kept happening that kept them from completing any of their U.S. Tours. Playing live is what built a large part of their audience in the U.K. and Europe.
I used to have a couple of their studio albums. Then I got their live album and discovered the problem: Compared to their live album, their studio records sounded sterile.
Same was true of several bands from that era---Cheap Trick, UFO, Sammy Hagar, Frampton, and Humble Pie come to mind
That was just the production style of the mid-70's to a certain degree.
Johnny the Fox, for example, while a little sterile was still a great album. (And it wasn't as sterile as a lot of other albums from that era.)
(By the way - I'm still getting used to this, "Admin," thing - and I clicked on "Edit" rather than "Reply" when replying to your post, but I put everything back the way it was. Ooops...)