Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy



Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack".[1]

AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition."[2] Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.

In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as the All Hell Breaks Loose album. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.[3]



Johnny the Fox
Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music).
"Jailbreak" is a song by Thin Lizzy that originally appeared as the title track on their 1976 album Jailbreak.
Bad Reputation
Bad Reputation is the eighth studio album by the Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1977.
The Boys Are Back in Town
"The Boys Are Back in Town" is a single from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy.

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SONG PREMIERE: The Pinx Evoke Thin Lizzy, Stones & MC5 On “Blue Dream” off New LP ‘Freedom’ Due May 20th
Glide Magazine  –  April 28, 2016
The Pinx has shared the stage with The Sonics, Blue Oyster Cult, Dead Confederate, Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome and many more – quite an impressive resume, but its there hard hitting stormy sound that proves this Atlanta band can fly like fellow Georgians ...
Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Has Joined Thin Lizzy
Ultimate Guitar  –  April 21, 2016
Thin Lizzy are set to make a live return to celebrate their anniversary this year. And they've bolstered their line-up with a couple of rock heavy hitters for the occasion. Says Dee: "Unfortunately, due to circumstances that will be announced very soon, I ...
Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton To Tour With Thin Lizzy
Realtime Business News  –  April 21, 2016
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton will spend a portion of his summer playing bass for Thin Lizzy. Thin Lizzy will perform a number of festival dates this summer, including two nights in Germany, and they are also scheduled to appear on the Rock Legends Cruise ...
Sheer Mag Sounds Like Taylor Hanson Fronting Thin Lizzy
The Portland Mercury  –  April 20, 2016
FIVE YEARS AGO, punk came in only three shades of cool: hardcore, screamo, and math rock (or some sexless composite of these). The '90s weren't "in" yet, an emo dance party at Holocene would have seemed surreal, and crusty arbiters of taste reflexively ...
Mikkey Dee Out, Scott Travis and Tom Hamilton In for Thin Lizzy Anniversary Shows
Loud Wire  –  April 20, 2016
Earlier this year it was revealed that a number of Black Star Riders members were planning to reclaim their Thin Lizzy moniker in order to celebrate two of the legendary band’s anniversaries. At the time, it was announced that Motorhead‘s Mikkey Dee ...
Aerosmith Star Joins Thin Lizzy For Upcoming Anniversary Tour
Contact Music  –  April 20, 2016
The bassist will join Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, vocalist Ricky Warwick and keyboard player Darren Wharton at gigs throughout Europe this summer (16). Hamilton will also hit the stage with Thin Lizzy on the Rock Legends V Cruise, which sets sail from ...
Blabber Mouth  –  April 19, 2016
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More 2016 Band Weirdness: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has joined Thin Lizzy  –  April 18, 2016
We’ve been writing a lot about Aerosmith lately, as the legendary Boston band’s members have been busy with various projects: Frontman Steven Tyler has pushed to become a solo country music artist, guitarist Joe Perry is about to hit the road with the ...
Huey Lewis jammed with Thin Lizzy and Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Roanoke Times  –  April 17, 2016
For people coming up in the 1980s, Huey Lewis & The News was one of the biggest things going. But who knew that Lewis was a harmonica player with Thin Lizzy, and that he jammed nightly with Stevie Ray Vaughan on tour in 1984? The News, with Vaughn and ...

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