I've seen may a tribute band over the years. Some have been more successful than others. However, I saw the best tribute band I've ever seen last night when I went to the Pontardawe Arts Centre to see the Thin Lizzy tribute band, Limehouse Lizzy.
Limehouse Lizzy comprise of Wayne Ellis (lead vocals & bass), Greg Alcock & Tim Read (guitars) and Lee Morris (drums)
Unlike most tribute bands, who either sound nothing like the band or become a parody, Limehouse Lizzy reach a happy medium. They are respectful of the legacy and the songs.
Starting off with Jailbreak and ending with Whisky In The Jar, the band played all the major hits and some album gems from the brilliant Thin Lizzy back catagloue. All the hits were there including Dancing in the Moonlight, Do Anything You Wanna Do and The Boys Are Back In Town.
But they also gave an airing to some great album tracks such as Wild One & Black Rose.
The crowd especially enjoyed their renditions of Rosalie & Emerald.
Wayne Ellis is a superb front man. Built like a brick outhouse, he was charismatic and naughty at the same time. OK, he will never be Phil Lynott but he's as close to him as you could get. The nice thing is they didn't try to replicate the songs note by note and this gave it a fresher and more dynamic feel to the show.
Tim Read also played a great rendition of Parisienne Walkways and took to lead vocals for the Gary Moore song Out In The Streets.
It was a fabulous evening of listening to songs that I never got to hear being performed live - only on the Live Lizzy albums. So if they come to a town near you and you enjoy classic rock played with passion and respect, go along. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Twitter - @limehouselizzy