Warwick/ Johnson @ Audio, Glasgow Oct24


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Warwick/ Johnson @ Audio, Glasgow


Warwick/ Johnson @ Audio, Glasgow

Ricky and Damon finally return to Glasgow and are rewarded with a sold out show.

This is no mean feat tonight as the legendary Glen Hughes is doing his Deep Purple show and just around the corner Aussie nutbags Massive also have a gig. If I am honest any other day of the year I would have been at that Glen Hughes show but with these two boys doing a gig together being few and far between, tied with the fact Damon has just left Black Star Riders I do not expect them to be back in this city for some time.

Add to that the last show in this same venue was incredible this was the place for me tonight. When these two gents strap on the old acoustic guitars you may not know what songs you will get but you can bet your ass you are in for a hell of a show.

The set kicks off with familiar ground if you know the boys as they blast into BSR songs “All Hell Breaks Loose” and “The Killer Instinct”. This kept the younger members of the audience happy but us oldies were waiting for more an it didn’t take long as next up was Alice Cooper’s “18” with Damon on vocals. We Also were informed of Damon talking to Mr Furnier prior to the tour and laughing about the golf(how did that turn out Vincent?).

The set was littered with classic tunes, laughter and the feeling that the two men on that stage were just the best of friends, having some craic with a host of old drinking buddies…and that’s what we are. Most of us of a certain age will remember Ricky as almost a feature in The Barras back in The Almighty days. He has the keys to this city and anyone he considers a mate is a friend of ours too.

There are too many highlights to mention, this was a 24 song set tonight and the biggest cheers probably came from the hometown bands “Free’n’Easy” and “Wild and Wonderful” but close behind that was “Ace of Spades”, “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.

No matter what songs were played it is the Lizzy songs that most are waiting for and as Ricky has been doing these for a while we are used to his brilliant renditions of “Jailbreak”(which the two have agreed is their favourite Thin Lizzy song…today), “The Boys are Back in Town” and set closer “Whiskey in the Jar”.

Yes, these boys are entwined in rock history but they are totally relevant today as they have all tread their own path, it may have veered off in different directions at times but the music is in their blood and a show and tour like this is not about making money, it is about just rocking out unplugged to your personally favorite tracks and you can tell they enjoy it just as much as we do.

Another brilliant show which will have to do us until they come back which I hope is much sooner than I suspect.

Images and words Ritchie Birnie




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