Phil Lynott: Scealta On Old Town (RTE1)
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