Saturday 17 March 2018

Local band's Dutch date

DROGHEDA BAND Bad Reputation head for The Netherlands next week to headline "Remember Phil", the annual Dutch version of the legendary "Vibe for Philo".

"Remember Phil" takes place next Saturday night, 12th January, at the De Bosuil venue in Weert, near Eindhoven, in southern Netherlands.

The idea is to commemorate the death of famous Thin Lizzy frontman, Phil Lynott, who sadly passed away on the 4th January, 1986.

The much-loved and lamented Phil is remembered by a major gig in Dublin at this time every year and the Dutch version is held a week later.

The band is built around Drogheda main man "Flash" who needs little introduction, from his time as a member of the legendary Thin Az Lizzy tribute band through to his starring role as frontman in Ireland's No.1 Metallica tribute act, he has seen and done it all; including touring with Thin Az Lizzy in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and, of course, the Netherlands.

Thin Az Lizzy were regular visitors to Holland in days gone by, including performing at the Kornmarkt in Arnhem on Queens' Day in front of 25,000 people, alongside Mark Owens of Take That and others.

Other "Flash" highlights during the last three years include playing at Ireland's tribute festival Sham Rock and featuring in an RTE TV reality show which saw him win a place on the headlining bill for Europe's top tribute festival Glastonbudget, at Leicester in England. Top local axeman, Col McSherry, is a founding member of famed Guns n Roses tribute, Mr Brownstone, and latterly GNR.

The band is completed by Drogheda tribute band veterans Kieran McDonnell and Johnny Kerr who between them have seen service in Metallitia, Mr Brownstone, Tampora, GNR, and A Taste of Meatloaf, among many others.