Phil Lynott Solo Tour - July 1982
I enjoyed very much looking at your website. I have a small piece of
information which you may find useful:
My band, at the time, was called the First Class Tickets and we were
invited to support Phil Lynott on four dates of the solo tour in July
1982. On 6th July 1982 we played support to Phil's band at St.
Dominic's Hall in Glenties, Co Donegal and on 7th July 1982 we supported
them at The Lilac Ballroom, Carndonagh, Co Donegal. The gig scheduled
for the 8th July was Maysfield Leisure Centre in Belfast but this gig
was cancelled at the last minute and although no firm reason was
provided by the tour manager (John Salter) the impression was that the
cancellation was due to poor ticket sales. This was disappointing for
us since we were a Belfast band. We also played as support act in Omagh
(Knocknamore), Co Tyrone on the 9th July 1982.
The gigs were well attended and the band and crew were great to work
with. Phil himself was very pleasant and it was a great pleasure to
watch him take considerable time sound-checking new songs playing a
double-necked 6/12 string guitar.
I realise this is very small beer in the scheme of things but I thought
that you might appreciate the information for your website.
The First Class Tickets completed some Irish dates with Dr Feelgood the
previous week (1st - 3rd July 1982) and joined the Phil Lynott tour
before splitting up shortly afterwards. Many of the guys are still
involved with music. The First Class Tickets line-up for these dates
Mark Timoney, vocals, harmonica
John Timoney, Guitar, vocals
Laurence Rickard, Guitar, vocals
Davy Watson, Bass, vocals
Patrick Timoney, Drums
Michael Hayes, Tenor Sax
Our roadie for these gigs was Neil 'Studs' Watson who went on to work
for Phil on a full time basis in September, 1982 staying at his home
opposite Kew gardens.