Entries tagged with: Thin Lizzy

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Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco
Wilco

Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.

Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.

Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).

On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...

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Phil Lynott

Apparently Philomena Lynott, mother of sorely missed Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, feels that her son would not appreciate the recent use of her son's band's music...

Republican vice-Presidential runner Paul Ryan arrived on stage at the Republican National Convention last week to the strains of 'The Boys Are Back In Town', a Thin Lizzy hit from the band's 1976 album Jailbreak, written by Philip Lynott. Ryan has tried to give an edge of rock 'n' roll rebellion to the Romney ticket by talking up his love of music from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin. However, Philomena Lynott - herself a best-selling author - rejected the association of her son's music with the Republican Party cause.

"I am really upset at Philip's music being used in Mitt Romney's campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of... As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay - which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.

"Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas. -[HotPress]

Paul Ryan also says Rage Against the Machine are one of his favorite bands, but "doesn't listen to the lyrics." Dude just likes to rock.

Phil Lynott on stage with Thin Lizzy
Phil Lynott with Thin Lizzy

A treasure trove of tapes stashed away by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott will be released as a boxed set later this year.

Twenty six years after the Dublin rocker's death at the age of 36, more of his lost music will be heard by the public for the first time in June.

Shortly before he passed away in 1986, Mr Lynott gave 150 tapes to a third party for safekeeping. The cache of up to 700 songs has finally been released to record company Universal Music.

"This is an absolutely stunning find," Steve Hammonds, project manager behind the new Thin Lizzy box set, told the Irish Independent.

"In every group there's a member who lovingly collects their recordings and in Thin Lizzy that was Phil Lynott, because Lizzy was his baby and his band."

It will be the second boxed set in recent times to feature archive work by the band, following last year's 'Live At The BBC' release.

But the newly unearthed recordings stretch from Thin Lizzy's years with Decca Records, beginning in 1971, to their 'Renegade' album in 1981.

"There are out-takes, unheard versions of Thin Lizzy hits and, most exciting of all, material which was recorded but never released at the time," said Mr Hammonds. -[Belfast Telegraph]

ZOMG. Thank you Phil Lynott.

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Judas Priest @ Izod Center
Judas Priest

"Pop "retirements" prove to be about as reliable as political promises.

Witness the "just kidding, folks" resurrections of briefly absent stars Barbra Streisand, David Bowie and Cher.

So fans might be forgiven for rolling their eyes over Judas Priest's announcement some months back that their current road show... would be their "final" one.

"I wish we had a better word than final," says Priest singer Rob Halford. "It's not the end of the band but it is a farewell to these gigantic world tours."

In fact, Halford says they'll be back in the States for limited runs, and will record again. And so, it seems, they'll do nearly everything they ever did, just somewhat less of it.

"We've been reflecting on what's left to do and how best to do it," the singer says. "We're all cognizant of the fact that, while metal forges on, the one thing you can't hold back is the physical."-[NY Daily News]

Judas Priest played their not-final NYC area show as part of the Epitaph tour on Friday, 11/18 at Izod Center in NJ with Black Label Society, Thin Lizzy and DJ Lady Starlight. Here are some pictures from that show.

Officially retired or not, Priest was sans founding guitarist K. K. Downing (who has retired, officially and was replaced by Richie Faulkner), so unfortunately the last chance to catch KK/Tipton/Halford/Hill passed with their last tour.

More pictures of Priest, Thin Lizzy and Lady Starlight (none of BLS), with Judas Priest's Izod Center setlist, below...

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Judas Priest at PNC Bank Arts Center in 2009 (more by BBG)
Thin Lizzy

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST - one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!

That blurb comes right from Judas Priest's website, though note that they also wrote in June that "...we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up........... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case. We have plans for a new album...". Confusing!

Regardless, all tour dates are listed below including a NYC-area date at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on 11/18. Tickets for that show are currently on presale (code is "ACCESS") and go on regular sale at 10AM on Saturday, 9/17. Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy will open the US dates.

All tour dates and some videos below...

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Gary Moore

The renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain.

Moore, 58, originally from Belfast, was a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy.

Thin Lizzy manager Adam Parsons told the BBC he was found early on Sunday.

Moore was originally drafted into Thin Lizzy by its late frontman Phil Lynott. He later gained acclaim for his solo work and was a former member of the Irish group Skid Row.

The Northern Ireland guitarist was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969, to join Skid Row, which featured Lynott as lead vocalist.

He was later brought into Thin Lizzy by Lynott to replace the departing Eric Bell, another guitarist from Northern Ireland.

Lynott died in 1986 but a new line-up of Thin Lizzy continues to tour. [BBC]

Super sad news.

And strangely - Thin Lizzy doesn't come up in conversation very often, but I've had multiple conversations about them just in the past week because the new version of Thin Lizzy referenced in the article just announced tour dates. Tickets for shows at Starland Ballroom and Best Buy Theater literally went on sale Saturday, and most of that conversation was about whether we should even bother posting about it.

R.I.P. Gary.

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