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Join us at the Skogsrojet Festival in Rejmyre Sweden Next Saturday August 6th.

Introducing for this show only, Drummer IAN HAUGLAND from Europe, joining Scott Gorham, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Darren Wharton & Tom Hamilton.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Photo: PG Brunelli

THIN LIZZY announce Bass Player and New Drummer for 2016 / 2017 Anniversary shows!

Thin Lizzy are very proud to announce Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton will be playing bass on the forthcoming Anniversary shows planned for 2016 / 2017.

Tom, an Aerosmith founding member, joins Guitarists Scott Gorham & Damon Johnson, together with Lead Vocalist Ricky Warwick and Keyboard Player Darren Wharton  on the following shows:

June 17th 2016 - Germany, Loreley - Freilichtbuhne (w/ Rainbow)June 18th 2016 - Germany, Bietigheim-Bissingen - Festplatz Am Viadukt  (w/ Rainbow)

July 17th 2016 - Spain, Barcelona – Rock Fest

July 23rd 2016 - UK, Maidstone Kent – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival

August 6th 2016 – Sweden, Rejmeyre – Skogsrojet Festival

January 19th-23rd 2017 – USA, Ft Lauderdale – Rock Legends V Cruise

Tom Hamilton: “I’m really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer.  It’ll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage”.

In addition to Tom’s appointment on Bass, previously announced Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has been replaced by Judas Priest Drummer Scott Travis on all shows except August 6th in Sweden, where Europe drummer Ian Haugland will be on the drum stool.

Mikkey Dee:

"Unfortunately, due to circumstances that will be announced very soon, I cannot play the six shows with Thin Lizzy in 2016 & 2017. As a life long fan of the band, I truly wish I could have been a part of this, but the reason will be revealed as soon as possible.  I wish my great friends Scott Travis and Ian Haugland all the best with these shows and I know they will kick ass!"

On his appointment, Judas Priest’s Scott Travis adds:

"First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band! Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It's gonna' be a blast!"

 

Anniversary Shows 2016 / 2017

40 Years Since Jailbreak Album Release
30 Years Since Phil Lynott’s Passing

SCOTT GORHAM – GUITAR
DAMON JOHNSON – GUITAR
RICKY WARWICK – LEAD VOCALS / GUITAR
DARREN WHARTON - KEYBOARDS
MIKKEY DEE – DRUMS

Thin Lizzy is one of rock music’s most recognizable names. The fiery Dublin band exploded onto the scene with a fresh sound, look and attitude. Lead by the incomparable Phil Lynott, the band reached many peaks and influenced generations of musicians with classic tracks such as “Jailbreak”, “The Boys Are Back In Town”, “Still In Love With You”, “Cold Sweat”, “Emerald” and “Don’t Believe A Word” between 1969 and 1983.

2016 is a year that includes a couple of important anniversaries in the history of Thin Lizzy.  On March 26th, 1976, Thin Lizzy released the iconic “Jailbreak” album to the world. featuring such classic rock staples as “The Boys Are Back In Town” and the title track, “Jailbreak” and it become one of the most important albums of that era.  Now we are 40 years on since the release of that milestone and it is time to celebrate it. 

2016 also see’s 30 years since Phil Lynott passed away (January 4th, 1986) and the world lost a rock legend.  But his legacy lives on and celebrating that legacy is what is in store.  In the summer of 2016 going into 2017, Thin Lizzy will stage a handful of special shows to commemorate these important milestones.

The Thin Lizzy lineup is vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and Darren Wharton on keyboards.  As special guest, we have seasoned drummer Mikkey Dee from Motorhead.

Scott Gorham “With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album , I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it’s an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days.  We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special.  For personal reasons Brian Downey won’t be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about.  We will announce who is on bass shortly”

Mikkey Dee: “it’s an honor to be asked to play with Thin Lizzy on these dates, being a life long fan I am so happy and excited to playing with the band on these shows. It’s going to be great!”

The First Announced shows are:

July 23rd 2016 – UK, Ashford Kent – Ramblin’ Man Fair

http://www.ramblinmanfair.com

ticket link:

http://ramblinmanfair.seetickets.com/

Jan 19th to 23rd 2017 –  USA, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Rock Legends Cruise V

http://www.rocklegendscruisev.com

ticket link:

https://rocklegendscruise.rezmagic.com/booking/reservation/start?tripid=2976

 

Johnnie Walker's Guest Night - with Scott Gorham

Scott Gorham will be appearing live as Johnnie Walker's guest at the Edinburgh Fringe this saturday! Come out and see Johnnie interview Scott live. Come on out and be a part of the Fringe!

The show is as follows:

Johnnie Walker's Guest Night - with Scott Gorham
Saturday 17th August, 6.15pm
New Town Theatre, Freemason's Hall, 94 George Street, Edinburgh
Click here for tickets and info.
Twitter: @newtownedfringe and @piratejw

Next set of Thin Lizzy deluxe releases

The next set of Thin Lizzy reissues are coming on 23rd September. Thunder and Lightning is getting the full Deluxe Edition treatment and will include 13 bonus tracks made up of rare live material and demos, including “The Boys Are Back in Town” live at Hammersmith 1981. Click here for more details. Renegade is reissued with 5 bonus tracks of b-sides and rare extended mixes and full details can be found here.

Thin Lizzy Live albums - Just £5 for one day only!

The live albums of Thin Lizzy's shows in 2011 and 2012 are going to be on sale as part of a special promotion by Concert Live on March 27th-28th. For just one day only, fans can get the albums for only £5, that's over 75% off!

Sale starts Wednesday, 27th March at 15:00PM GMT with all Concert Live titles at £5 and t-shirts at £10. This is a one-off opportunity to get these great live albums for such a massive discount, order here!

BLACK STAR RIDERS

 

Featuring:

Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson,

Marco Mendoza, Jimmy DeGrasso

 

In October 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy monicker. The last incarnation of the band - Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza – would be looking to form a new project.

Step forward Black Star Riders…

Today sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

"We are all very excited about the music that we have created for Black Star Riders.  The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can't wait for the world to hear these songs."Ricky Warwick

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in May 2013 through Nuclear Blast – the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish and Meshuggah. Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner – the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new U.S. partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. 

Says Conner: “As a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, I was floored by this line-up’s new material. Not only do the new songs sound like Thin Lizzy but they sound like CLASSIC Thin Lizzy. Black Star Riders totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second.”

The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new album and classic Thin Lizzy material.

For further information Duff Battye duff@duffpress.co.uk 020 7736 7611 / 07904 385308

Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh – SOLD OUT! Some VIP Packs Still For Sale

We are happy to announce that the shows in Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh are now sold out!  Thank you to everyone that has purchased tickets.  We are sold out of the VIP packs for the Liverpool show.  We have a handful left for the Dublin and Edinburgh shows.  Don't hesitate, once these few are gone, there will not be anymore.  See you at the shows!

Thin Lizzy Live 2012 - Exclusive CD set coming soon!

 

As part of their 2012 tour dates, Thin Lizzy is pleased to announce exclusive live recordings of two shows made available by instant music specialists, Concert Live.

The Bournemouth show on the 29.11.2012 and London show on the 17.12.2012 will be recorded live on the night and available to pick up immediately after the last note of each gig. These deluxe 3CD live albums are the perfect way to re-live the night and celebrate over forty years of ThinLizzy’s career!

If you can’t make the gigs but don’t want to miss out, you’re in luck, these live albums are also available for convenient home delivery. For more information or to pre-order, visit the Concert Live website now

Extra Australian Date Added to Kiss / Motley Crue / Thin Lizzy Tour!

Due to demand a second night has been added in Melbourne at the Etihad Stadium (Intimate Arena Mode) on Wednesday March 6th 2013.
Tickets on sale from 9am Thursday November 22nd from ticketmaster.com.au

Thin Lizzy VIP packages for all Australian dates will be announced shortly. These will be available with show tickets and without (incase you have already purchased tickets) - Watch this space for details very soon.

THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA TOUR!! ...with KISS & MOTLEY CRUE!

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS ON ONE STAGE
Rock’n’roll doesn’t get any bigger than this!
KISS and Mötley Crüe. On the same stage. On the same night.
It‘s the news Australian fans have been waiting for with the spectacle of all spectacles announced today, KISS with very special guests Mötley Crüe will tour Australia in March 2013.
Presented by McManus Entertainment, the summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will hit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Mackay and Adelaide with guests Irish rockers Thin Lizzy along for the ride (*except Adelaide).
KISS and Mötley Crüe’s 45 show US summer tour has already gone down as one helluva rock’n’roll extravaganza and now, finally, its Australia’s turn!
Not only has it been five long years since KISS last toured Australia, but 2013 marks a very special milestone for this great band – their 40th anniversary. In all their bombastic and unstoppable glory, KISS will perform fan favorites from their treasure-trove of hits along with tracks from their just–released 20th studio album ‘Monster’, which debuted at #7 on the ARIA Charts. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are at the top of their game on ‘Monster’, which embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions.
Mötley Crüe last toured here last year, but let’s face it, we can’t get enough of the Crue! They’ve recently become the first rock band in history to play an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show (with mind blowing elements such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster) and music (brand new song due out soon), but remain on the cutting edge via social media interaction. Mötley Crüe’s New York Times bestselling book The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture.
With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and Mötley Crüe are more than just iconic; they remain at the height of their popularity, the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics.
And if that wasn’t enough, classic Irish rockers Thin Lizzy will be back in town with the line-up that has been winning over fans and critics alike for the past two years. Along with Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton, the additions of vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson and Bass player Marco Mendoza, Thin Lizzy have been re-introducing their music to a whole new generation of fans to overwhelming success and now it’s Australia’s turn.  Brisbane up-and-comers Diva Demolition have won the highly-prized local support act spot and will open all shows on the tour.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES: 
Thursday February 28 PERTH ARENA 
Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849 
 
Sunday March 3 CLIPSAL 500, ADELAIDE
Currently on sale through ticketek.com.au & 132 849
* KISS and Motley Crue only
 
Tuesday March 5 ETIHAD STADIUM (Intimate Arena Mode), MELBOURNE
Bookings through ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100 
 
Saturday March 9 ALL PHONES ARENA, SYDNEY
Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849 
 
Tuesday March 12 BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE 
Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849 
 
Saturday March 16 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA STADIUM, MACKAY 
Bookings through ticketmaster.com.au &136 100
 
 
For VIP packages, including opportunities to meet KISS and Mötley Crüe, click here. 


 
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 

  
 
Ricky Warwick commented ‘having an opportunity to play Australia on a bill as enormous as this is something dreams are made of , I know I can speak on behalf of the band when I say its gonna be one hell of a show and a perfect way to end the ‘World’ Tour!’
 
PLEASE NOTE - THIN LIZZY WILL NOT PLAY THE ADELAIDE SHOW ON MARCH 3rd.

Harry Doherty's introduction to Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town

Click here to buy the book in advance via Amazon

This Thin Lizzy book has come through an awfully long gestation period! Back in 1977, Phil Lynott asked me to write the book and interviews were conducted in Toronto where I spent a month with the band while they recorded „Bad Reputation. After that, it was delayed as we tried to continuously update it during the subsequent albums, but Phil Lynott would never come clean with his increasing drug use. In fact, he looked me in the eye once: „Harry, I don‚t take drugs anymore‰.

But during the period, they continued to prove that they were one of the most potent rock bands in the world, growing from humble roots in Dublin with a few early albums that verged on folk-rock, and then recording the innovative, Vagabonds of the Western World, with its orchestral guitars, fine songs and arrangements, and, of course, Lynott‚s unique voice.

But it was after the band lost, first, Eric Bell, and briefly afterwards, Gary Moore, that they really came into their own, in what has been called The Golden Era of Thin Lizzy. With two new guitarists, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, they set upon an unprecedented set of albums and touring, culminating in what has been voted the Best Live Album of all time, Live and Dangerous.

Then, of course, the guitar curse struck again, Robertson out / Moore back in / Moore out / Robertson back in, until they settled on blues maestro Snowy White, who had cut his teeth with Pink Floyd. White quit after two albums when he grew tired of the drug use by Lynott and Gorham, leaving the door open for another young guitarist to enter. John Sykes was known primarily as a heavy metal player, and he brought that heaviness to one album, Thunder and Lightning.

But the end was nigh, and when it came, it really crashed down, tragically. When Phil died, I finished a first draft of the book, on the proviso that I would be able to tell the whole story, and if any one person from the band or their families objected, I wouldn‚t publish it. It was all very dark and too close to Phil‚s death. A few people flinched at the „warts and all‰ detail, including Scott Gorham and his wife, Christine, and the singer‚s mother, Philomena.

So at last we have the full story, the tale of a band that never knew when to stop and what to stop. This is Thin Lizzy, from beginning to end.

Harry Doherty

Due to demand Thin Lizzy have added extra shows on December tour!

Date: 12/12/12
Venue: Limelight in Belfast

Date: 12/15/12
Venue: ABC  in Glasgow, Scotland
 
Date: 12/16/12
Venue: O2 Academy in Leeds, England
Ticket Price: £26
On Sale: 10/26/12
Ticket Link: Here

Date: 12/17/12
Venue: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, England
Ticket Price: £27.50 and £29
On Sale: 10/26/12
Ticket Link: Here

Thin Lizzy book teaser # 2

From a shaky start in Dublin in the late sixties, Thin Lizzy was to become one of the
20th century‚s great rock bands. The story of their ascent is wild and riveting, and here for the
first time it is told from inside the band by their guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist
Harry Doherty, who toured with the band and interviewed them extensively from the early days.
There are also contributions from road crew, management and friends.
In 1969 Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of
Van Morrison's band to form a new group. Thin Lizzy was born, a group notionally led by
Lynott that would see a dizzying turnover of personnel as it took rock and the life style that
came with it to new levels.
Record success eluded them until the early seventies when Decca released their Whisky In The Jar‚,
a track already deemed unrepresentative of the band by Thin Lizzy themselves. It became a huge
international hit and the albums Jailbreak and Live And Dangerous carried the band to
the top of the charts just as they were about to become bankrupt.
The wild life continued unabated with stories of sex, drink and drugs, band member defections,
label switches and non-stop touring that took its toll on everybody involved. Phil Lynott died
aged 36 but by then Thin Lizzy was already a legend. This is Scott Gorham's account of how
the whole remarkable spectacle played out.

Scott Gorham tells the Thin Lizzy story in new book!

One of the defining rock groups of the 20th Century, Thin Lizzy began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of Van Morrison's band 'Them', Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar). Now for the first time, their story is told by guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist Harry Doherty, who interviews and toured with the band extensively. The band's story is told by the people who were involved directly including former guitarists, road crew, management, family and friends. Their origins in Dublin as a three piece with the Whiskey in the Jar single and a string of unsuccessful but highly creative albums. The move to London to chase the dream of being a major rock band. The chaotic arrival and departures of various members including Eric Bell (who left the band mid concert), Irish guitarist Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and co-author Scott Gorham. How the albums Jailbreak and Boys Are Back in Town took the band to the top of the charts just as they were to become bankrupt. Includes stories of the band on the road, the drink and drugs and how the years of partying, drug-taking and non stop touring eventually took its toll on not only the band members but on their families. The death of front man Phil Lynott and their legacy following his death.
Harry Doherty was asked to write the book in 1977 but for one reason or another (usually to do with drugs), it never happened. However, Scott Gorham and Doherty were determined that a quality book reflecting the story of the band and their highly visual impact, would be published. With their involvement in every step of production, this is the book, with photographs by the band's official photographer that have not be seen in years, Denis O'Regan, who shot the band as official photographer and may photographs from the inception of the band that have not been seen before..
The book is published on November 12 and preorders can be placed through Amazon.

THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE ‘FAREWELL’ TO TOURING & NEW ALBUM

After a very successful 2 year run with the current line up. Thin Lizzy have made a decision to not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name.

Scott Gorham "Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into re-building the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years.  Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success. We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans. We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and Thin Lizzy name credit.  We believe Phil would have been proud of them.  We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name Thin Lizzy.  We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans.  We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic Thin Lizzy sound intact.  We will announce future plans early in the new year."

Ricky Warwick "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name Thin Lizzy alive and fresh with all the band’s fans – old and new. Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past 2 years has been an incredible honor and something I will never forget. Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honor all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work.  Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the Thin Lizzy brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see.  Therefore our regular touring as Thin Lizzy will cease at the end of this year after our European tour. I do want to stress that this does not necessarily mean we will never play together again as Thin Lizzy. If there are options for other parts of the World, in territories that this line up has never visited then, we may still play odd shows in 2013 and beyond if people want to see us."

From all the band and associated personnel, we THANK EVERYONE OF OUR FANS & SUPPORTERS for making these past 2 years so incredible and we look forward to seeing you all on the Nov / Dec Tour (dates below):


Fri/Nov-09  Athens, Greece Fuzz Club       
Sat/Nov-10  Thessaloniki, Greece Principal Theatre      
Sun/Nov-11  Istanbul, Turkey Kucukciftlik Park       
Tue/Nov-13   Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok           
Thu/Nov-15  Pratteln, Switzerland Z7       
Fri/Nov-16  Koln, Germany Kantine       
Sun/Nov-18  Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna  
Tue/Nov-20  Sala, Sweden Sala Folkerts Park     
Wed/Nov-21  Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
Thu/Nov-22  Bergen, Norway Rick's Theater      
Sat/Nov-24  Linkoping, Sweden Cupolen       
Sun/Nov-25  Aalborg, Denmark Skraaen         
Mon/Nov-26  Odense, Denmark Posten         
Tue/Nov-27  Esbjerg, Denmark Tobakken        
Thu/Nov-29  Bournemouth, England Academy       
Fri/Nov-30  Southend, England Cliffs Pavilion       
Sat/Dec-01  Exeter, England University       
Mon/Dec-03 Norwich, England UEA       
Tue/Dec-04  Bristol, England Colston Hall   
Wed/Dec-05  Middlesborough, England Empire      
Fri/Dec-07  Liverpool, England Academy 
Sat/Dec-08  Edinburgh, Scotland Picture House       
Sun/Dec-09  Nottingham, England Rock City     
Tue/Dec-11  Birmingham, England HMV Institute    
Thu/Dec-13  Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre  

Darren Wharton's New DARE Album released!

The new Dare album is out today ' Calm Before The Storm 2'.

click here for more info and song samples:

Marshall 50 Years of Loud Concert

On September 22nd In London, the Marshall 50 Years of Loud Concert took place at Wembley.  Phil Campbell (Motorhead) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) staged this amazing performance of the Thin Lizzy classic "Still In Love With You".  Check it out! 

Thin Lizzy are pleased to announce the addition of the highly acclaimed British AOR band FM as special guests on their November / December Tour, alongside the already announced The Treatment

The dates are as follows

November 
29th – Bournemouth Academy
30th – Southend Cliff’s Pavilion 
December
1st – Exeter University 
3rd – Norwich UEA   
4th – Bristol Colston Hall   
5th – Middlesborough Empire 
7th – Liverpool Academy 
8th – Edinburgh HMV Picture House*
9th – Nottingham Rock City 
11th – Birmingham HMV Institute


*Please note FM will NOT be appearing on this show.

Tickets are on sale now for all shows from all usual outlets and agents.

BBC 6 Music interview

This interview by Mark Radcliffe was first broadcast on the Radcliffe and Maconie show on BBC 6 Music on Friday 24th August.