Thin Lizzy + Clutch + Triggerfinger @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 27th January 2012

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Review by Paul Davis and photos by Rob Stanley

Just a year after their last appearance at the venue, Thin Lizzy were back at the Civic Hall along with support from Clutch and Triggerfinger.

Triggerfinger are the first band of the evening. The Flemish band have been dubbed ‘the loudest band in Antwerp’ and are starting to make a noise elsewhere too, following up last year’s High Voltage appearance with supports with The Union and now Lizzy. With their sharp suits and a sound similar to Queens Of The Stone Age, they do make an impression on those present for their early start. ‘All This Dancin’ Around’ and ‘My Baby’s Got A Gun’ are the highlights from their latest album and the latter is tonight dedicated to Thin Lizzy and their crew.

Clutch are the main support, and the Maryland band have attracted quite a cult following since forming in 1990, evident from the amount of Clutch t-shirts on display in the audience. By the time they arrive on stage the venue is filling up. Their set is well received, a mixture of heavy rock, blues, southern rock and more. ‘Pure Rock Fury’, the title of their 2001 album is also perhaps a good description of what they do. ‘Electric Worry’, which appears on their 2007 release ‘From Beale Street To Oblivion’ is the stand out for me tonight.

There will always be those of the opinion ‘no Lynott, no Lizzy’ but the Lizzy fans who packed out the Civic for the second time in 12 months were in no doubt that in 2012, this line up is the real deal. Their show in this venue a year ago was one of their first together, and after a year on the road, they are clearly moving forward and there is even talk of new material being written by the band. For me personally, having turned down the chance to see the John Sykes fronted band years ago, I was intrigued at the prospect of Thin Lizzy fronted by Ricky Warwick. For the diehards, having Brian Downey back behind the drumkit is a huge bonus, as is having Darren Wharton back in the band.

It is of course a greatest hits set, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Don’t Believe A Word’, ‘Killer On The Loose’, ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ and ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ with the heavier moments provided by ‘Massacre’ and ‘Angel of Death’. Things only really slow down with ‘Still In Love With You’ with Wharton sharing vocal duties and Damon Johnson being the latest guitarist to play the famous solo, following Vivian Campbell’s return to Def Leppard. The main set comes to a close with more classics, ‘Waiting For An Alibi’, ‘The Cowboy Song’ and ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’.

As the band return to the stage, Scott Gorham asks the crowd to give it up for Ricky Warwick and they do, a huge roar of approval for the frontman. Lizzy end the night with ‘Rosalie’, ‘Emerald’ and ‘Black Rose’ with Warwick demanding the people upstairs get on their feet, asking ‘when did rock and roll get so comfortable?’ Another great evening at the Civic, a Thin Lizzy line-up going from strength to strength and doing the old classics justice, with a couple of great support bands adding to the occasion. And as Warwick told the crowd, the boys are back in town and the boys will be back in town. Looking forward to it already.

And you can see Rob’s shots from the show here: