Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Copenhagen, New York, Los Angeles. The Vibe for Philo has come a long way from its humble beginnings 20 years ago. Not only is the Vibe taking to the road in Ireland this year, but tribute events will also be staged in America and the Danish capital. Few could have imagined the show growing into the global commemoration it's become, taking in almost every venue in Dublin along the way - including a sell-out Point Depot at the 10th Vibe and attracting acts from 3 continents. Fans are coming from Holland, Sweden, Denmark, America, Canada, Belgium, Britain, and beyond with two Dublin hotels currently booked out with guests over specifically for the Vibe.
With the turkey out of the way rehearsals have been intense and sponsors Jim Beam have once again put together a choice selection of goodies to raise money for charity at the various shows. The Full line up includes, former Lizzies Eric Bell and Brian Robertson, with Jimmy Faulkner, Noel Bridgeman, The Southbound Band, Trad Lizzy, Ex-Pogue Cait O'Riordan and Roadhouse, Glyder, Jimmy Coup and Satoshi Shibata from Japan's Lizzyboys (a memorable hit from the previous outing at Vicar Street) and surprise guests.
The Vibe takes to the road at:
Eamonn Doran's - Dublin January 3rd 2006
Vicar Street - Dublin January 4th 2006
Savoy - Cork January 5th 2006
Langtons - Kilkenny January 6th 2006
Dolan's Warehouse - Limerick January 7th 2006
From the haunting first notes of 'Whiskey In The Jar', Eric Bell stamped his unique mark firmly on the world of guitar rock.
As Lizzy's original guitarist, his talent has given us incomparable treasures - just pull out any of the early Lizzy material to confirm this - and 'The Rocker' is one of THE definitive rock classics. Eric has graced the Vibe on several occasions and his presence at this, the 20th Vibe for Philo, more than three decades after 'Whiskey' started it all, is a compelling reason to be there.
The ground-breaking moment in rock when Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham broke the mould and perfected the twin-guitar phenomenon resonates today in the myriad of bands that have saluted that talent with their own version.
Robbo redefined the whole Lizzy sound and was a crucial part of it's phenomenal success and continuing popularity today. Robbo took 'Still In Love With You' and 'Don't Believe A Word' and transformed them into the rock classics they are now. 'The Boys Are Back In Town' because he was there!. Need we say any more??? Robbo's Vibe appearances have been seethingly hot faves with everyone. The 20th Vibe For Philo will build on that!
The Houseshakers (a.k.a. The Tuesday Night Band of Vibe 2005 fame!!!) feature a who's-who of veritable Irish rock legends.
Jimmy Faulkner is a homegrown favourite and played a famous hotel jam with Phil for the Irish Jailbreak album launch. This was also Eric Bell's final Lizzy gig - and the it all comes full-circle at Vibe 2006 when he will play with the Houseshakers. Noel Bridgeman, the band's drummer, also played with Philo and Gary Moore in the influential Skid Row.
The Southbound Band feature three ex-members of The Elite, who wowed audiences with their second-to-none Live & Dangerous tribute shows in the 1990's (in addition to a solid portfolio of hard rock originals).
Combining the exceptional guitar duo of Robbie Bray and Brian Grace with arguably the finest percussive machine in Ireland (ie. Eddie G.), The Southbound Band play for the love of it -and the 20th Vibe is no exception. Knucklehead frontman Paul Toal provides the vocal power and rhythm-miester Mick Burke completes the outfit on bass. The boys are honoured to be playing with Robbo and promise a show to knock your socks off!
Also promised on the Vibe stage is Jimmy Coup, (ex Andrew WK) - singer/axe-master with The Coup de Grace. Jimmy, will be singing some Lizzy classics with The Southbound Band.
Trad Lizzy and their inimitable frontman Barry James hail from Manchester and have been regular Vibers. They boast a unique angle on the whole Lizzy phenomenon - a traditional take on Philo's words and music.
Their involvement at the 20th Vibe promises some unique experiences - particularly for those travelling from farther afield. Not only will their main sets be rocking to a trad fiddle, they'll be putting a new slant on off-stage entertainment with a few more traditional tracks.
Cait O'Riordan's CV reads like a who's who for afficionados of the 'alternative' Irish rock music scene. A founding member and bassist with The Pogues and The Radiators, she's also an accomplished film actor.
We're delighted to welcome Cait to the 20th Vibe For Philo, where she'll be performing with members of Dublin band RoadHouse. Line-up is Cait O'Riordan - electric bass, Dave Schneider - acoustic guitar, Mark Sisk - electric guitar and Paul Brennan - drums.
The beginning for Glyder was an opportunity to play the Vibe in 2004 under the name Trouble Boys and then later that band became Hollywood. One Vibe later and a support slot with Sykes/Gorham Thin Lizzy the band eventually settled on Glyder as a name. In June Glyder recorded their debut album with legendary Thin Lizzy producer Chris Tsangarides.
The band will be launched internationally in March when the album is released worldwide. Label details will be announced on www.glydermusic.com in the coming weeks. Look forward to a tasty set from the boys getting rave reviews from all the right places!