Venue: The Button Factory Jan 4th 2008
Celebrating the life and work of The Rocker on the 22nd Anniversary of his passing in the very centre of the Old Town, Johnny The Fox will follow on from the success of twenty one Vibes which have seen the cream of former Lizzy and Philo afficionados grace the stages. With an entirely new concept for the shows layout, and one we plan to develop and hone through the next Vibe or two... It all starts here, in Dublin, in January 2008.
Former Gnasher guitar supremo Brian Grace kicks off an ambitious Vibe premier with The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils which, very loosely, is the house band for the night.
Featuring some very special guest musicians, we can look forward to appearances from international players with Gnasher and The Southbound Band members. Look out for some class performances of Lizzy and Philo classics (and not only the best known ones!)
Hoodoo MC and guitarist supremo Brian Grace is no stranger to Vibe regulars and sports a long and colourful career, having worked with many top names in the business, most regularly Juliette Turner. Other mentions on his CV include Gnasher and The Southbound Band as well as being one half of the guitar duo in The Elite.
LA-based Paul has fronted both Gnasher and The Southbound Band with his powerhouse vox and bass slant on Lizzy & Philo and has been a serious crowd pleaser at previous Vibes...
Our fave American and former Andrew WK axeman!!! All of us at the last Vibe will remember a blistering performance from Jimmy as part of Gnasher and look forward to some more trans-Atlantic talent from the master himself...
Former Pogues Cait played a very tasteful set at the Vibe in 2006 and this year will swing her inimitable bass and vocals into the Hoodoo realm in what we're expecting will be another crowd-pleasing performance.
Satoshi is lead guitarist with Japanese band The Lizzy Boys who have rocked the Vibe and brewed up a storm on more than one occasion! The band can't make it for this Vibe, but that won't stop Satoshi travelling half way around the world to pay tribute by guesting with the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils! One to look forward to - no doubt...
Guitarist, vocalist, producer (and former Lir member) Q is set for a tasty appearance with the Hoodoos after a busy year for him!
Former Lir frontman and currently with Rain Chair, Dave has graced the Vibe stage on a couple of occassions, notably the 10th at the Point. A hugely respected musician, we're honoured to see his return - it's been too long!
'Channelling the ghost of Johhny Cash Through the Devil-Boned-Blues Of Jack White, The Mighty Stef is Dublin's finest unsung hero' NME
'At Times The Mighty One even flirts with genius. His bluesey Tom Waits endebted rock n roll is pretty much as elemental as it gets, Stefs rasping voice rings out like a deep south death-row prisoner that isn't going down without a fight'. NME
I only put Barry last because he's always complaining to me that we always put him last.... 😀 Manchester's finest multi-talented virtuoso is a bundle of talent with a string of Lizzy related credits to his name. His Celtic-rock/electric trad take on the proceedings has regularly been a welcome variation on the Vibe. This time we'll get to hear him rock out for a change!
Paul will repeat last years sterling Gnasher performance with the boys and will be assuming bass duties as well as singing up a storm.
Another turn-out for the main man & MC of the house band - is there no end to this mans talent?
Jimmy's back and rearing to go! The travelling troubador has the licks, the picks & completes the mix (whilst providing the kicks!) of this lineup.
There's no holding Lenny back! The Stormin' Norman of the skins is back to pound the beats that made him a solid favourite at the last Vibe.
Paul first played the Vibe in 2006 with The Southbound Band, and he's chomping at the bit to rock it out once again. Lock up your daughters!
Along with turning in sets with the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils & Gnasher, Brian will be turning back the clock to blast it out with his old jamming bandmates The Southbound Band.
Robbie's first Vibe was way back in 1990, when The Elite first graced the stage at The New Inn (Dublin) - the first of four appearances made by the band during the 1990's. In later years he appeared again with The Southbound Band in 2002/04/06. Robbie and Brian played together in The Elite so the lads are really looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs and swapping chops once again!
Mick supplies The Southbound Band with with floor stompin' window shakin' bass riffs from hell, and was once told by Philo that he had to go home "cos me ma has me dinner ready!"
A long overdue return to the Vibe stage for the percussion miester himself. He'll be fondly remembered from The Southbound Band and The Elite performances of yesteryear, and is in fine mettle of late. Expect some magic on the sticks when this guy takes to the stage...
TIZZ LIZZY are rapidly gaining a name for themselves with their outstanding tribute to Thin Lizzy and the music of Philip Lynott.
The Belfast based band have been hailed as the most accurate Thin Lizzy tribute to emerge in recent years. One of the key elements of a good tribute band is the look and TIZZ LIZZY have the perfect front man in Matt Wilson who is undoubtedly one of the worlds closest PHIL LYNOTT lookalikes. Matt has studied Phil's moves and style very closely and when he slings on that Bass guitar and takes to the stage the resemblance to the Dublin Rock star legend is uncanny.
TIZZ LIZZY pride themselves on their attention to detail. Everything from the TIZZ LIZZY Mirrored Backdrop, The Twin Guitar Sound and not forgetting The Famous Mirror Fender Precision Bass, it's all there at a TIZZ LIZZY show.
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Featuring Tony Cullen - Vocals and Bass, Bat Kinane - Guitars and Backing Vocals, Pete Fisher - Guitars and Davy Ryan - Drums, Glyder have been playing together for a number of years, the band were launched onto the scene in 2004 after a one off gig at “The Vibe for Philo” in Dublin. Not long after, Glyder toured Ireland opening for Thin Lizzy and made a great impression with their debut EP which convinced legendary producer Chris Tsangarides ( Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ozzy) to record the debut album. The album was released through French label Bad Reputation Records and critically acclaimed all over the UK and Europe.
Live performance is where Glyder excel, establishing them as highly a credible live act opening for and touring with artists such as Thin Lizzy, The Answer, Wishbone Ash, WASP, Bob Catley and Thunder. In November Glyder won a text vote competition to open for UK Rock stalwarts Thunder on three dates of their UK tour in November, a huge achievement for a foreign band considering that only UK mobiles were valid! This led to the band getting the Thunder European tour in March 2007 and securing a major international booking agent. This tour introduced them to new audiences, winning more and more fans with every rocking performance. Glyder made their first major festival appearance in Italy in June opening the 'Gods of Metal' festival playing along side Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver and Scorpions.
"Smothered in sublime guitar harmonies and delivered with grit and precision...... Rock & Roll songs laden with duelling guitars and wistful street poetry" - KKKK KERRANG
"Its time for the world to take notice of high-flying bands such as this one" - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
"Based on the quality of this release, there is simply no limit to just how big this band can be. GLYDER are the band who have finally filled the gap between the trendy rock and rollers of the 21st century and the legendary classic rock of the 70s" - James Allman Baconmusic.co.uk
On Jan 4th, to remember Phil Lynott on the 22nd anniversary of his death, a sell out crowd gathered in Dublin for a night of music and poetry.
This years Vibe for Philo concert themed Johnny the Fox meets Jimmy the Weed took over the Button Factory in temple bar continuing the yearly tradition of honouring the High King of Rock.
The show took on a new format this year having guitarist and musical director Brian Grace's the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils acting as houseband. Countless other acts and guests took to the stage in the usual Vibe manner in what always fells like a giant party celebrating the life and music of Phil Lynott.
Strangers in the crowd became close friends at the show honouring a hero, holding glasses aloft in a toast to heaven and swaying arm in arm to hits like 'Still in Love with You', an acoustic 'Borderline' and the unforgettable 'Whiskey in the Jar'.
Organiser Smiley Bolger, long time close friend of Phil, spoke recently in an interview that the 21st Vibe was supposed to be the last and despite his own health problems this year pressure from fans and performers meant the show would go on.
The Thin Lizzy logo from the 'Live and Dangerous' tour, now housed in Eamon Doran's in temple bar, was temporarily moved to outside the venue adding to the sense of occasion for the fans queuing to get in.
Following Tizz Lizzy's energetic opening to six hours of music Californian Jimmy Coup took the stage alongside Satoshi Shibata lead guitarist with Japanese tribute band The Lizzy Boys together they strummed out a three song acoustic set heightening the emotion of the night with their rendition of 'Borderline'.
Jimmy remained on stage and was joined by the rest of Gnasher (Paul Toal, Brian Grace and Lenny) for a performance that left the adoring Lizzy fans blown away. The band concentrated solely on the early Lizzy material opening with an unforgettable version of 'Vagabond of the Western World'.
Philomena Lynott (Philo's mother) took to the stage around midnight, as the annual guest of honour, to thank everyone for their support of fans throughout the years and called on everyone "to celebrate his life, not his lifestyle". Philip Parris Lynott died on January 4th 1986 aged 36 of organ failure resulting from long term drug addiction.
Other performers at the Vibe included former Pogue Cait O'Riordan, Barry James, producer Colm Querney, and Ditch Cassidy whom the crowd warmed to with his tales of being involved with Phil and his version of 'Still in Love with you'. The night also featured poetry from Daniel Breslin.
Brian Grace and Paul Toal took to the stage once again reforming The Southbound Band with guitarist Robbie Bray, Mick Burke playing bass and Eddie G on drums in an electrifying performance that almost stole the show. The crowd were left breathless when the band played 'Suicide' with duelling guitars comparable only to the Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham era of Thin Lizzy. Brian Downey's drum solo from the Live and Dangerous record was given a good run for its money by Eddie G who even had to stand up for part of his solo in what was by far the greatest manipulation of a drum kit I've ever witnessed live.
For those too young to have ever witnessed Thin Lizzy live The Southbound Band are the closest you'll ever come. If Smiley Bolger's dream of a 'Last Waltz' style performance at the 25th Vibe whereby a permanent house band will perform all night with guests rolling on and off the stage throughout the night is to come true then this is the band for the job. As they closed their set with 'Black Rose: A Rock Legend', Grace and Bray delivered a note perfect five minute guitar solo that would have made the perfect ending to the evening but there was still one act left on the bill.
It must have been tough for the boys of Tizz Lizzy to come out on stage but the crowd were pleasantly surprised by their explosive closing set. The tribute band from Northern Ireland blasted out hits like 'Emerald, The Boys are Back in Town, Dancing in the Moonlight, Cold Sweat' and many more.
Front man Matt Wilson, who makes Philomena's heart jump, is a contender for Phil Lynott's closest look-a-like and his singing voice and poses with a Fender Bass are also very close to Philo's. The only thing separating him from the real thing was his northern accent when talking between songs.
The band's hit after hit performance opened with Bob Segar's 'Rosalie' and had the crowd jumping for the rest of the night. Phil Edgar's guitar playing echoed that of Brian Robertson but fellow lead guitarist Joe McQuillan's volume was too low for the band to pull off the trademark twin-guitars of Thin Lizzy.
Like Lizzy, Tizz used 'Baby Drives Me Crazy' to introduce the band near the end of the set before being joined by Paul Toal and Jimmy Coup for 'Whiskey in the Jar' to close the show leaving both performers and fans wanting the night to go on.
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