- 07 Feb 11
As sticksman-in-chief in Thin Lizzy, Brian Downey bashed the biscuit tin on some of the greatest rock songs of all time, among them ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and ‘Jailbreak’. With the reformed Lizzy on the way to Dublin, he discusses the band’s formative years and shares some of his favourite drummer tips.
One of the most admired hard rock drummers of all time, Dubliner Brian Downey is renowned for his versatility. Delicate and light-fingered on ballads like 'Still In Love With You' and 'The Sun Goes Down', economic and precise on 'Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Jailbreak', he's also one of the few players of his ilk who possesses an exquisite swing, tossing deft, almost jazzy fills into tunes like 'The Boys Are Back In Town'. And of course, set pieces like 'Emerald' and 'Sha-Na-Na' display ferocious power. Downey is currently on Thin Lizzy reformation tour, which features Ricky Warwick deputising for the late Phil Lynott. Does he remember his first drum kit?
Thin Lizzy play the Belfast Waterfront on February 16 and Dublin's Olympia on February 17. Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox and Live and Dangerous re-issues are out now on Mercury.