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Old 08-22-2005, 02:51 PM
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Default Brian Downey

brian downey of thin lizzy is one of many drummers who arent givin the proper recognition for their skills!! and also he isn't on this site at all, when in true fact he should be!! some of the songs that showed his skill and i should advise that evry drummer should go and download/buy are emerald, the rocker, johny the fox meets jimmy the weed and a song for jimmy all by thin lizzy, what you waiting for?? go now........ leave....

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Old 08-22-2005, 03:07 PM
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brian downey of thin lizzy is one of many drummers who arent givin the proper recognition for their skills!! and also he isn't on this site at all, when in true fact he should be!! some of the songs that showed his skill and i should advise that evry drummer should go and download/buy are emerald, the rocker, johny the fox meets jimmy the weed and a song for jimmy all by thin lizzy, what you waiting for?? go now........ leave....

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Check with Bernard, as their is a wish list. That list has several artist's names that have not been on the site yet but are on the waiting list.
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Old 08-22-2005, 05:31 PM
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My brother plays guitar in a blues outfit called "The Mary Stokes Blues Band", and Brian Downey play with them for one of their gigs.

And yes, he does deserve to be on Drummerworld.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:17 PM
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I made a wishlist request for Brian Downey as he wasn't even on it for while! Cheers to Bernhard for putting him on the wishlist. I can't understand why he is so under rated I think he is great. Songs like Emerald, Black Rose, Massacre etc. have really inventive and tricky drum parts. Also on live and dangerous the drums are the only part where no studio overdubbing was done and they are fantastic. Up there with some of the great seventies rock drummers IMO.
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Old 08-24-2005, 01:50 AM
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brian downey of thin lizzy is one of many drummers who arent givin the proper recognition for their skills!! and also he isn't on this site at all, when in true fact he should be!! some of the songs that showed his skill and i should advise that evry drummer should go and download/buy are emerald, the rocker, johny the fox meets jimmy the weed and a song for jimmy all by thin lizzy, what you waiting for?? go now........ leave....

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Brian Downey is an excellent drummer & a pioneer of power double kick drumming,{check out solo on lizzies live & dangerous albumn }. I've seen him do this live & it's just as good.
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Old 01-12-2006, 09:01 AM
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Default One Of Ireland's finest Drummers!!

Yes Ireland's 'Brian Downey' of legendary rockers "Thin Lizzy" is one of the most under-rated drummers of all time.Not only is his playing solid,tasteful and dynamic,this fella can swing like few rock drummers can.Talk about great grooves and fast hands,this is the man!!

Let's please see some credit given to this excellent musician,after all he influenced only about 50% of the drummers in the 70's and 80's in Great Britain alone!.
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:57 AM
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Hey all,
I love Thin Lizzy and am a big fan of Brian Downey. I love his fills and style.

Wat does everyone else think of him??
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:25 PM
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Hey all,
I love Thin Lizzy and am a big fan of Brian Downey. I love his fills and style.

Wat does everyone else think of him??
That guy is / was (is he still alive?) realy cool, I liked his fills and especialy in songs like "bad reputation" or "the rocker"...very fluid playing for a "rock" band
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:21 AM
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Brian Downey is who totally influenced me to play drums!his drumming is really nice and rocky...!I love "Emerlad"...Phillo was an absolute legend..and im really glad they finally got the statue up in commemoration of him...I grew up listening to Thin Lizzy...they were the greatest band to ever come out of Ireland...i mean U2 dont even compare...Bono??sheesh!!ill take Lynott anyday!!

haha for Downeys greatestness....teh drum solo on "Sha-La-La" on "live And Dangerous" by Thin Lizzy....its brilliant!its what made me wish of drumming for years!
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:28 AM
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One of the most criminally underrated rock drummers. Listen to live and dangerous and remind yourself of how solid yet fluid he was. (The drums are the only thing with no overdubs on the album). He wasn't even on the wishlist for some time until bernard kindly made it so at my request.

He's still alive and plays around Dublin occassionally, so I'm told. Think he played with some of the Lizzy boys at a concert in the Point in Dublin last summer for the unveiling of the Lynott statue.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:59 AM
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im really glad they finally got the statue up in commemoration of him...
How many pictures do i have of drunken nights and seeing the statue and standaing with the statue i think every one who is a lizzy fan has at least one pic of them pose with phil.
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:05 AM
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haha or playing the bass....!I think Phil deserved that statue years ago....they put it off for ages(this is the government giving permission like) because they were afraid to basically put up a memorial statue to a drug-addict......his mother was campaigning for years for it...

same thing that happened with Jimi Hendrix in Seattle...
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Old 09-26-2006, 03:06 PM
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Brian Downey is one of the best drummers to come out of ireland, believe it or not all e does now is play around dublin in various blues bands
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:27 PM
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very good drummer .. cool solo's .. solid drumming
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Old 12-16-2006, 08:47 PM
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Default Brian Downey

Maybe I missed something but I did a search and nothing came up by the name of Brian Downey. He was the power house behind the great band Thin Lizzy. I must say that his style, his chops, his ideas and his all around playing is out of this world. For anyone out there who doesn't know his work check out some Lizzy's stuff. It seems that he is one of the most underrated drummers.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:18 AM
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Have to agree - B.Downey is well desrving of a dedicated profile on this site. The "Live and Dangerous" double live LP ( remember those ? ) is still to this day in my personal top 5 recordings EVER. Downey is an absolute monster on this record.
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:36 PM
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Brian Downey is absolutely brilliant! my favorite drummer, he plays such solid and incredible grooves... its unbelievable. his fills are also very tasteful.

most important though: he was the heart, pumping the blood of Thin Lizzy through the fans of this great rockband (however weird that may sound).
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:29 PM
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Brian Downey is simply the best:D he rocks as noone else does, if you ask me:P does anyone know what he plays with (drums, cymbals, hardware etc.)
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:20 AM
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An exellent underrated drummer.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:03 PM
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Brain downey is the reason im proud 2 b irish.Amazing drummer.Does anyone know what drumsticks he uses?
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:04 PM
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i can't believe brian downey isn't on this site yet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBmJsgqwpT8
brian downey interview from 2007





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TehFZ38kt6o whiskey in the jar this looks like a camco kit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMFYs3gfgis jail break this looks like a gretsch kit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unnh0T2Ftrodancin in the moonlight video rogers silver chrome kit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhtgxS6z9yobad reputation rogers silver chrome kit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ZGXBSnFp8massacre video from live and dangerous chrome rogers kit

i think brian downey used rogers drums..
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:37 PM
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Excellent pictures and links of Brian Downey, He remains in the Wishlist of drummers.

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Old 09-04-2009, 03:42 AM
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Been a fan of Brian since Jailbreak when I got my first Lizzy album. I was fortunate enough to see him on the Johnny The Fox tour when the opened for Queen in Ottawa. Double headliner in my eyes. His snare work is flawless (Sweet Marie in particular shows this off for me). Boogie Woogie Dance... absolute madness on drums. For fills, it's gotta be Chinatown for me. I could, as any Brian fan could, go on and on... I used to use Emerald and Masacre as endurance exercises. I'll stop now... well almost... like all of us here, what will it take to get this man on this site?!?!?!
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:27 PM
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I Love Brian's playing on Live and dangerous - best live album IMO. I was lucky enough to see Thin Lizzy in "82 on their Renegage Tour - San Sebastion Spain. Amazing live band!!!!!!!! What a night.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:00 AM
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I read somewhere that brian downey's drums and the crowd are the only thing that was kept from the live recordings for live and dangerous, and the rest was done in the studio. That is great testament to his ability to nail it every time.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:56 PM
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There is a really good Brian Downey Interview in the march 2010 issue of modern drummer.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:54 PM
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Thin Lizzy is one of my favorite bands! Downey's playing fits them perfectly. Songs like Bad Reputation, Emerald, The Warriors, Boys are Back in Town, etc., place him high on the list of great rock drummers.

I was really happy to see his playing get some praise in that recent issue of Modern Drummer. I wish they could have gone into some detail about his gear, but oh well. Maybe next time.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:04 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRQUyDXsa2I

easily the best footage of brian downey i've ever seen. excellent solo x2

I think this is from the live and dangerous era sha-la-la.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:33 PM
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The unique Brian Downey...and The great Thin Lizzy!

Thin Lizzy - Suicide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1fsO...eature=related
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The unique Brian Downey...and The great Thin Lizzy!

Thin Lizzy - Suicide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1fsO...eature=related
Decidely Ian, you feel nostalgic tonight, however, great band, great drummer, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore are deeply missed... but the spirit's live on.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:49 PM
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...and it lives forever in our hearts, as time goes by!

I am enjoying at home all this great music and amazing musicians, while on sick leave...True! I feel nostalgic and well-inspired at the same time. Cheers!

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Decidely Ian, you feel nostalgic tonight, however, great band, great drummer, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore are deeply missed... but the spirit's live on.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:57 PM
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I have founded this precious gem! What a simple, nice and flawless way to play for the song by Brian...love those short bass drum triplets thrown in.

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6Cg...eature=related

Enjoy it fellows!!! This one specially for you MAD!
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I have founded this precious gem! What a simple, nice and flawless way to play for the song by Brian...love those short bass drum triplets thrown in.

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6Cg...eature=related

Enjoy it fellows!!! This one specially for you MAD!
Wow, quite a bit on the cutting room floor in that clip! Gotta love the BBC, only bothering to dress the front of the riser :)
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Hey Ian

Thanks my man, I loved that song, I use to play it with a cover band, I wasn't looking as cool and relax as Brian, though, ha ha
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:13 PM
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Wow! A thread from 2005 that just won't die. Good thing too.

I found this Thin Lizzy concert from 1981. Excellent!

Brian's got a nice solo at around 1 hr and 9 min, but the song starts around 1:05. Or, if you've got 1:50 to kill, listen/watch the whole concert!

Looks like Brian tweaks a couple of toms with his key just before the song starts, though I can't tell for sure.

Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon at work.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:40 PM
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I'm kicking myself for not getting it when I saw it, but BestBuy (a electronics retail chain here in the US) had the Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous DVD in stock (a filming of their 1976-77 tours)! I love that band, Brian Downey rocks! Maybe I'll go back and see if they still have it....
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I'll make my first post on this site a bump to this thread in recognition of Brian Downey.

A fine drummer indeed. The term "underrated" tends to get used when Brian Downey is discussed, and I guess it's true. Check out "Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed" from the "Johnny The Fox" album.

Oh, and hello from Sydney.

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Old 03-12-2014, 02:13 PM
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So we finally added Brian Downey to Drummerworld - so great drummer - still going strong...
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:57 PM
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That's great, Thanks Bernhard
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:31 AM
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Very happy to see Brian's profile added to the site. One of my all time favorites. He introduced me to shuffles ( although way back then I didn't even know what they were called )
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