BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS (Live at the Queen Victoria, South Shields, U.K., September 25, 2018)
Photo: Mick Burgess

As founder member of Thin Lizzy, drummer Brian Downey was there right from the start to the very end, playing on every single release in the illustrious Thin Lizzy catalogue. He’s back with a new band, Alive and Dangerous, to pay homage to those great songs that he recorded and played live on so many occasions. Mick Burgess sat down for a quick chat after his sound check in South Shields, to talk about his new band and the possibility of some shows with Thin Lizzy in the future.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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