THIN LIZZY – The Boys Are Back In Town Live At The Sydney Opera House October 1978 [2022 Release]

THIN LIZZY - The Boys Are Back In Town Live At The Sydney Opera House October 1978
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Label: Mercury Studios
Release date: June 24, 2022

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The Boys Are Back In Town

One of the most iconic musicians is responsible for influencing thousands of bands and is still being talked about, and with the release of Phil Lynott – While I’m Away it’s quite apparent why. The documentary is accompanied with a remix of The Boys Are Back In Town Live At The Sydney Opera House October 1978, which includes 5 new songs that were not a part of the original release. This review is focusing on the music CD, and not the documentary film. In 1978 Thin Lizzy was perhaps at it’s peak of popularity, and the concert in Australia shows the magnitude of their power and stage charisma. The lineup consisted of Phil Lynott (of course) and Scott Gorham, with Gary Moore returning to replace Brian Robertson who had quit when things reached a boiling point. Brian Downey was unable to make the tour due to an illness, and American drummer Mark Nauseef filled in.

Classic Phil Lynott

These 13 tracks contain the most iconic Thin Lizzy songs from their catalogue to date, and the energy in the music is fantastic. Such classics as “Jailbreak”, “Warriors”, “Don’t Believe a Word” and “Bad Reputation” are in excellent form here, and the up-tempo performances confirm the band’s excitement to be playing for the huge mass of fans at the opera house. The full track list reads like a greatest hits album, and what’s great is the new mix of this iconic show. Phil Lynott is in top form on this album, and re-affirms his place in Hard Rock / Heavy Metal history as one of the all-time greats.

Final Notes

It’s a plus to be able to re-live moments in time for those of us who grew up on this great music, and more than worth it to any music fans who have somehow missed out on this fantastic concert recording. Gary Moore is smoking hot on the guitar, and Phil’s vocals are amazing on every track. If you get a chance to pick this gem up, you will be more than pleased, and fortunate to own a small piece of Hard Rock history. A definite MUST OWN for Thin Lizzy fans.

Thin Lizzy - 1978 - Sydney Opera House


Phil Lynott – Vocals / bass guitar
Scott Gorham – Guitar
Gary Moore – Guitar
Mark Nauseef – Drums

The Boys Are Back In Town Live At The Sydney Opera House October 1978 – Tracklist

01. Jailbreak
02. Bad Reputation
03. Warriors
04. Don’t Believe a Word
05. Waiting For an Alibi
06. Still In Love With You
07. Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
08. Cowboy Song
09. The Boys Are back in Town
10. Suicide
11. Are You Ready
12. Baby Drives Me Crazy
13. Me and the Boys


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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