A lifelike, bronze statue was unveiled in Dublin, Ireland’s Grafton Street on the eve of what would have been Irish rock legend Phil Lynott’s fifty-sixth birthday. With this live tribute, blues-rock guitar giant Gary Moore and former member’s of Lynott’s "Thin Lizzy," band parallel the ceremony via a high-octane set in front of a SRO venue in Dublin. Consisting of works culled from Moore’s and Thin Lizzy’s songbook, the black and white footage accentuates the musicians’ grit, sweat and exuberance.
Armed with his Gibson Les Paul axe, Moore jogs around the stage while churning out blistering licks, backed by Jethro Tull bassist Jonathan Noyce and Thin Lizzy’s original drummer Brian Downey. Former Lizzy guitarists, Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell step in with Moore on selected tracks, often heightening the live aura with howling, dual unison runs.
Lynott’s personal complexities, respective touring remembrances and other anecdotes are discussed by the musicians in alternating fashion during the bonus interview portion of the DVD. But it’s the rousing and crowd pleasing performances of "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Whiskey In A Jar," and other blasts from the past that provide the knockout blow here. In addition, Moore’s use of sustain, ringing crunch chords and climactic developments during a "Happy Birthday" interlude, bring the audience to its feet. Lynott’s untimely passing in 1986, falls in line with the oft-troubled rock-star led life. But this nicely-filmed DVD offers a stylistic viewpoint amid the artists’ passionate enthusiasm for this irrefutably entertaining homage.