Limehouse Lizzy and Livewire AC/DC at concorde 2 review

Well I have to say that I am not really into going to see tribute bands and much prefer the real thing… However said that, I have seen a few recently, namely Brit Floyd, The Australian Pink Floyd and Think Floyd. Mmm… seems to be a bit of a theme going on there!! I have heard a lot about Limehouse Lizzy and Livewire AC/DC and to find that both bands were to be on one billing at Concorde2 was a show not to be missed.

I have seen Thin Lizzy, with Phil Lynott and Gary Moore, play many years ago and more recently Black Star Riders with Ricky Warwick fronting the band in London. So I knew how the original band sounded live. Limehouse Lizzy fronted by Mancunian Wayne Ellis on vocals and bass have been around for about twenty years now and seem to be perpetually on-tour, with many of their shows being sold out.

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Limehouse Lizzy opened up with ‘Jailbreak’ and then carried on with all, if not most of, the best known Thin Lizzy tracks including ‘Emerald’, ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ and ‘Boys are Back in Town’ in a set list of fifteen songs and finished their encore with ‘Whisky in the Jar’. They gave a super performance and whilst it was not quite the same as the originals, it was a well worthy close second.

The real AC/DC are playing at Wembley Stadium this summer and although the band no longer has founding guitarist Malcolm Young, due to his departure on health grounds, what better way to get warmed up for this event than to go see Livewire AC/DC?

Livewire AC/DC are usually a six piece band with two singers, but were themselves a man down tonight, so the set was to be purely a Bon Scott (Gary) vocals night, rather than one split with Brian Johnson vocals as well.

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Well what a great set it was, covering some great Bon Scott-era songs including ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ ,’Whole Lotta Rosie’ and ‘Highway to Hell’. Ash on guitars portraying Angus Young , was so reminiscent of Angus in his younger days, showing so much energy and enthusiasm with virtually non-stop ‘duck walking’ throughout the entire set…

It was a super night at Concorde2 and really nice to see a full, if not exactly sold out event offering great support to these two great acts.

Words By: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography

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