That time Tommy Aldridge told me that he “wasn’t a fan” of Brian Downey’s drum parts with Thin Lizzy
By Steve Newton
As far as seeing concerts goes, I’ve been very lucky to have been situated in Vancouver since the early ’80s. It’s a major stopping point for bands touring North America–just a quick scoot across the border from Seattle–and being a music writer meant most of the shows were free.
Only a few times was I tempted to head down to Seattle for shows. As a teenager, before my rock journalism days, I cruised down there with a bunch of friends to see Aerosmith on the Rocks tour. Other than that, as a working stiff, I got a free bus ride from PolyGram Records to see Scorpions at the Seattle Coliseum on the Love at First Sting tour, and then one time took a limo down there for the Monsters of Rock Tour in 1988.
The only other time I cruised to the Emerald City to rock out was when my buddy Ferg drove us down to see Thin Lizzy at a bar called the Showbox in February of 2001. Of course, it wasn’t nearly the same as that time I saw Lizzy back in 1978, and went backstage with Scott Gotham, but it was still a great show, what with John Sykes doing his best Phil Lynott impression, and drum god Tommy Aldridge pounding the skins.
When I interviewed Aldridge later that same year I asked him if he was a fan of original Lizzy drummer Brian Downey, and was pretty surprised by his response.
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