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  • The last live Lizzy release features the 1983 lineup with John Sykes/Scott Gorham tearing up the axe duties with the various guitarists featured throughout the Lizzy career according to song. Eric Bell, Gary Moore, Snowy White, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, and John Sykes all get the chance to cut heads again with the man himself in this heavily edited effort. I swear that Dave Flett (of Manfred Mann fame) even gets to get his chance on stage here but I’m not sure to who gets credit here on what song! The set lists contains a host of vintage Lizzy with a heavy portion given to the 1983 lineup featuring the Sykes/Gorham head-cutters. The songs are delivered with fury and mayhem as one would expect from a Lizzy concert, with much more intensity than the “Live and Dangerous” LP. Contrary to many hard-core Lizzy reviews, this albums brings the fire and brimstone right in the face of the listener without asking for quarter. Hands down to me this is the most bruising, face-kicking, barroom brawling Thin LIzzy live effort ever commited to vinyl. Strong portions to note are Johns Sykes amazing solo in “Still Loving You”, possibly the most emotional solo ever layed down, be it over-dubbed or not. It just burns white-hot! Other hot spots are “Thunder and Lightening”,”Angel of Death” and “Waiting for an AlibI” Scott Gorham performance is of note because he rarely ever leaves the stage, but delivers memorable solo after memorable solo. I can’t say enough about Gorham’s contribution to rock and roll guitar. The man has quietly went about his business and carved himself out a reputation of delivering some of the most bruising, beautiful, guitar ever set in wax, and I, for one, am thankful for his contribution. I’ve spent many hours trying to capture his brutal vibrato and note selection on guitar (the man bends notes like a BEAR), and walk away session after session appreciating his work. He is truly an unsung hero in the Thin Lizzy saga. But I digress, “Live Life” brings a resounding close to the Thin Lizzy portion of rock and roll’s brief history, and delivers the close with a wink and a punch, much the way Phil Lynott lived his life, hard and fast. The world is a less cool place since the black Irishman has left us for a better world, but I never forget to think about him regularly. If you don’t know the music of Phil Lynott, I would suggest you would be a better person for taking the effort to make his work known to you. You’ll thank him for it in the end. God Bless Phil Lynott.

    Posted on March 16, 2010