The audience reacted well, and everyone was on their feet for a mass singalong of ‘Whiskey In The Jar’. It was the kind of live moment that sends chills down your spine, a truly special moment that you just have to experience in this environment.

The main set ended strongly, with ‘Cowboy Song’ leading right into ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, which again got everyone standing. That would’ve been a great end to the show, but thankfully Lizzy came back on, launching into a great encore of ‘Rosaline’ and ‘Bad Reputation’, the former dedication to Lynott. The crowd faithfully sang to everyone word, staying on their feet as the band left, before returning once again.

‘Black Rose’ finally concluded the set, which still felt like it could’ve held another five songs. You can have no complaints, really, though because they managed to fit in all the hits, plus a few surprises. People may criticise the remaining members for continuing without Phil, but they wrote some of the songs too, and have a right to perform them.

Their legacy in the band and members of Whitesnake and Def Leppard helping round off a line-up completed by Ricky makes this a new, but authentic, Lizzy experience. It wasn’t the originals, but it’s as close as we’ll ever get, and at its heart, this was just a fantastic rock n’ roll show.

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Words: Alistair McGeorge/Photos: Ian Taylor

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