Phil Lynott: Scealta On Old Town (RTE1)

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IT was rightly pointed out in Phil Lynott: Scealta On Old Town, that Thin Lizzy were one of the great­est, if not the ac­tual great­est Ir­ish rock band. I think it would be fair to add that Lizzy, for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod, were the great­est of all rock bands, any­where.

I saw them at the Da­ly­mount Park Fes­ti­val of 1977, per­haps the first ma­jor open-air rock and roll event in Ire­land — cer­tainly the first one that I’d been able to at­tend — when it seemed that they were unas­sail­able.

Sup­ported by Gra­ham Parker And The Ru­mour, and the Boom­town Rats who were about to have their first hit with Look­ing Af­ter Num­ber 1, and the Ra­di­a­tors From Space, among oth­ers, Lizzy were at their most glo­ri­ous.

I re­mem­ber that the few bits of mer­chan­dise I bought on the day — a scarf, a badge, a poster — seemed to me like relics of a holy pil­grim­age which sus­tained me in my oth­er­wise mean­ing­less ex­is­tence un­til the next vis­i­ta­tion from such gods of rock, when­ever that might be.

This was the classic Lizzy of Philo, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robert­son, which had re­leased the Jail­break al­bum in 1976, from which The

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