UFO's keyboard / guitarist, Paul Raymond has an updated newsletter
UFO's Paul Raymond new newsletter is now available online at his site and he discusses some interesting road stories as well as the recent email he received from Michael Schenker, asking him to join in the 30th Anniversary of M.S.G. celebrations and all star line up at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England and Paul goes on to tell more on that, including the appearance of Pete Way after so long away from the live scene:
By the way, some footage from the show of the encore Doctor Doctor is available on You Tube, check it out:
The 25th Vibe for Philo?
'Vibe for Philo' has been an annual event in Dublin, that pays tribute to the work of the late, great Phillip Lynott and of course his work with Thin Lizzy.
Next year, 2011 celebrates 25 years of the event, although the organizes are saying that it seems there may be powers that be out there trying to stop it happening this year.
This posted at the site telling you more on the whole event and you can join the Facebook site / page to support the event / cause here, to prevent it's cancellation:
It seems Lizzy fans are currently split down the middle on the event.
Last year, in the worst weather in 40 years, supporters from 16 countries braved the attrocious conditions to pack out the Button Factory for the 24th annual Vibe for Philo. Hail, rain, shine, or financial loss, the Vibe has held constant the 4th January as the day to commemorate Dublin's own King of Rock since his death. But it wasn't always like that.
When Jimi Hendrix died Drugs were cool. By the time Philip P Lynott died in the mid-80s they were so so un-pc they were off the radar. Official Ireland may have been in denial of the exploding drugs problem but there were many who were loath to see one of our Rock Icons become poster-boy for an addicted generation.A cynical Irish and international media shredded his reputation forgetting all those wonderful songs that made a pre Celtic Tiger Ireland feel it had some worth.
As Dublin nailed its flag to the Indie-Rock mast, for many, Lynott was "a writer of some good but largely mediocre songs" as one Irish reviewer put it, and musically out of step with their vision of Ireland's musical future. It would take several years before Ireland fully accepted the late Bill Graham's thesis that when Philo died Ireland lost its Elvis. But in Crumlin, and Finglas, and Ballyfermot, and all those other working class enclaves he loved so much, they didn't see the negativity, they just saw all those glorious celebrations of their lives enshrined forever in vinyl and they got it and they would never forget. He was one of their own afterall.
The Vibe is unlike any tribute you've ever been at. Rooted in Phlio's 1981 personal request to Smiley Bolger to "Do a Vibe for me sometime", from the first anniversary of Lynott's death it has set out to make that day a proper commemoration of his entire musical legacy.The first ever Vibe was probably an indication of his then standing as only 30 people turned up. The Lizzy roadcrew were there as were Eric Bell and long time admirer Philip Chevron. It was a slow haul in which the wars were fought and scars won to bring Philo back into the affections of those who loved him in his native town. From Predator hitting the first power chord at Sides, the Vibe has grown ito the longest running tribute event in the world, inspired and nurtured similar shows from Toronto to Tokyo, all over the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium,Holland and Germany, as well as events in Los Angeles and New York. Along with the Roisin Dubh Trust it has provided the focus for worldwide Lizzy supporters who make the annual pilgrimage to Dublin to visit Philo's grave and meet up with "the family". Philomena Lynott recently called it a "family event," and its a term many who come year in and year out from the four corners would use too. Friendships have been made, relationships started, all focused around the legacy of the man himself.
Almost every single member of Thin Lizzy has played the Vibe at least once, most notably at
the 10th Vibe when Scott Gorham, John Sykes, Darren Wharton, Brian Downey, Marco Mendozo, Midge Ure, and Eric Bell took the stage with a host of special guests. Brian Robertson has also proved to be a friend and supporter of the Vibe, appearing on numerous occasions.
Tribute acts from 14 countries have graced its various events. It has been the subject of numerous international documentaries and both Mark Putteford and Stuart Baillie deemed it important enought to be subject to a chapter in their biographies of Philo. The former claimed that it was from attending the Vibe that he was inspired to write "The Rocker."
Now sadly after a quarter century of Love, Sweat, and Tears, what should be a culmination of all that hard work, we find ourselves embroiled in controversy, not of our own making. Somewhat misguidedly Scott Gorham's latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy are set to play Dublin on the same night, in a re-enactment of the 10th Vibe, using a similar format. This has split both the Irish and International Lizzy supporting community. Phil's mum has called for fans "not to go and see my Phil's old band." She's also called for a petition to be set up asking for them to respect her sons memory and play any other date other than the 4th January.
At the time of writing that petition has been started on Facebook - "Save the 2011 Vibe for Philo from being Hijacked" and has attracted over 1000 supporters in less than 19 hours.
The Lizzy community is split right down the middle as we head into the 25th anniversary of Philip Lynott's death. As Philo said in Suicide, "Dont that make you feel sad".
The 25th Vibe for Philo will take place as ever in Dublin on January 4th 2011 with a venue and line-up yet to be announced.