DVD: Thin Lizzy - Are You Ready?
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Released: November 10, 2009
Are You Ready? finds the great Thin Lizzy in 1981, on tour for the less-than-great Renegade album. It also features guitarist Snowy White who, by his own admission, never felt suited to Thin Lizzy's hard rock sound and lifestyle. One would think this would add up to a disjointed and/or disenchanted performance, but nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever ills they suffered in the studio, they had exorcised them in the live show, sinking their teeth into old and new songs alike. Perhaps the band's best trait is their ability to understand and convey the energy of their songs, whether high-energy rockers or lower-key ballads, and it's completely evident here.
The concert was originally filmed for German television and the resulting video quality isn't the best (think second generation VHS copy), but the audio is fantastic. It's a perfect mix of fidelity and energy that meets the standards of the best live recordings. Sonically at least, that's what Thin Lizzy deserves and what this DVD delivers.