I'm fairly sure this wouldn't have surfaced had Gary not died. This performance can best be described as "raw". The guitar playing and sound are awesome as ever, but the mix is a little too dry and in your face...a tad too "warts and all" for my liking. It was great to see Gary begin to throw in some shred again in his last couple of years, having restrained himself the previous 15 or so, and I was excited as a very excited person to hear that he was planning on recording a new Celtic Rock album, (always my favourite era), but the vocals are "strained" at best, awful at worst, with both Gary and Neil Carter failing to hit the high/right notes on many an occasion. Gary had also piled on the pounds, (which may well have contributed to his untimely death from a heart attack), and this gives his performance a kind of lethargy not suited to the rock material on show here. There's an element of "going through the motions", despite Gary alluding to being "re-energised". Compare this with his performance of these songs on his 1987 "live In Stockolm" VHS, (soon to be released on DVD/Blu Ray please please please!), and it's quite sad to see how cruel the passing of time can be. That said, his performance of Parissean is right up there with some of his very best, and the new songs are excellent. It's with eternal regret that we'll never get to hear these, or any other songs recorded by Gary. Maybe I'm being a tad too critical. After all, he was approaching 60, and obviously couldn't charge about like in the golden 80's. He will always remain my ultimate guitar hero... a master of touch, tone, phrasing, melody and fire, but I reckon a more fitting tribute will come with the afformentioned re-issue of the Swedish concert, or the "White Knuckles and Blue Moods" documentary that was in production at the time of his death, (hopefully updated with lots of extra stuff in light of his passing). This will do nicely until then.