Brian Downey (drummer)

Brian Downey (Drummer)

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Brian Downey (drummer)

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Brian Michael Downey (27 January 1951, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish drummer.

Downey is the drummer and a founding member of the rock band Thin Lizzy, and a friend from childhood of co-founder and frontman Phil Lynott. Along with Lynott, Downey was the only constant member of the pioneering hard rock group until their break-up in 1984. Downey also co-wrote many Thin Lizzy songs. Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia has argued that Downey is "certainly one of the most underrated rock drummers of his generation."

Before forming Thin Lizzy, Downey had been in numerous school bands, beginning with The Liffey Beats, and briefly The Black Eagles (with Lynott). He moved on to performing in a local band, Sugar Shack, and then was persuaded by Lynott to join him in another band, Orphanage. Upon meeting guitarist Eric Bell, the trio formed Thin Lizzy. Although the line-up of musicians within the band changed over the years, with the exception of Lynott, for the next thirteen years Downey remained the only other permanent member of the band, as its drummer, as well as drumming on Lynott's solo albums.

After Lynott's death, Downey played in the tribute Thin Lizzy line-up with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent Thin Lizzy touring bands. He rejoined Thin Lizzy in May 2010, and is touring with the band...
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