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Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy at the Manchester Apollo, 1983.
L tae R: Sykes, Lynott, Gorham, Wharton; Downey no visible.
Backgrund wittins
Oreegin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock, hard rock, blues rock, hivy metal
Years active 1969–84, 1996–2001, 2004–present
Labels Decca, Vertigo,
Mercury (US), BMG,
EMI, Deram, Warner Bros. (US)
Associatit acts Skid Row, Funky Junction,
Grand Slam, Wild Horses,
Dare
Wabsteid thinlizzyband.com
Members
Members Brian Downey
Scott Gorham
Darren Wharton
Marco Mendoza
Ricky Warwick
Damon Johnson
Past members Phil Lynott
Eric Bell
Eric Wrixon
Gary Moore
Brian Robertson
Midge Ure
Snowy White
John Sykes
Tommy Aldridge
Randy Gregg
Michael Lee
Francesco DiCosmo
Vivian Campbell
Richard Fortus

Thin Lizzy are an Erse hard rock baund formit in Dublin in 1969. Twa o the foondin members, drummer Brian Downey an bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott met while still in schuil. Lynott assumit the role o frontman an led them throughoot their recordin career o thirteen studio albums. Thin Lizzy are best kent for their sangs "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" an "The Boys Are Back in Town", aw major internaitional hits still played regularly on hard rock an classic rock radio stations. Efter Lynott's daith in 1986, various incarnations o the baund hae emergit ower the years based aroond guitarists Scott Gorham an John Sykes, though Sykes left the baund in 2009.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, wis composer or co-composer o amaist aw o the baund's sangs, an the first black Erseman tae achieve commercial success in the field o hard rock muisic. Thin Lizzy boastit some o the mist creetically acclaimit guitarists throughoot their history, wi Downey an Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums an bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the baund drew their members no anerlie frae baith sides o the Erse border but an aw from baith the Catholic an Protestant communities durin The Troubles. Their muisic reflects a wide range o influences, includin kintra muisic, psychedelic rock, an traditional Erse fowk muisic, but is generally classifeed as hard rock or sometimes hivy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the baund as distinctly hard rock, "far apairt frae the brayin mid-70s metal pack".[1]

Allmusic creetic John Dougan haes written that "As the baund's creative force, Lynott wis a mair insichtful an intelligent writer than mony o his ilk, preferrin slice-o-life wirkin-class dramas o love an hate influencit bi Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, an virtually aw o the Erse leeterary tradition."[2] Van Morrison, Jeff Beck an Jimi Hendrix wur major influences durin the early days o the baund, an later influences includit American airtists Little Feat an Bob Seger.

Oreegin o the baund name[eedit | eedit soorce]

The baund's oreeginal guitarist Eric Bell, who wis a fan o John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, bought a copy o The Dandy comic[3] efter seein Eric Clapton depictit readin a copy o its sister publication The Beano on the cover o the 1966 album Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. He suggestit Tin Lizzie, the name o a robot character frae the comic, itsel namit for the common nickname for the iconic Ford Model T caur. Bell an aw suggestit they chynge 'Tin' tae 'Thin' tae play on the Erse accent's propensity tae drop the 'h'. Efter a while, Lynott an Downey agreed tae the idea an the name stuck, as they thought the confusion wis amusin an wad create a talkin point.[4][5] For some o their early gigs, the baund wur mistakenly promotit as "Tin Lizzy" or "Tin Lizzie".[6]

Style an legacy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The classic lineup showin the baund's famous "twin guitar" soond. L tae R: Brian Robertson (guitar), Phil Lynott (bass guitar), an Scott Gorham (guitar)

Frae 1974, Thin Lizzy switched frae uisin ane lead guitarist tae twa. Though ithers haed earlier uised similar techniques, Thin Lizzy are widely recognisit as ane o the first hard rock baunds tae employ double lead guitar harmony soond – a technique pioneered bi Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac an Wishbone Ash in the UK, whilst independently in the USA bi Lynyrd Skynyrd an The Allman Brothers Band. This style wis later refinit an popularisit in the mid-1970s bi baunds like Thin Lizzy an Judas Priest, an later bi the emergin New Wave o Breetish Hivy Metal groups such as Iron Maiden an Def Leppard. Iron Maiden covered the sang "Massacre" frae Thin Lizzy's Johnny the Fox album, an released it on their 1988 single Can I Play with Madness. A cover o "Cowboy Song" appears on "Sound of White Noise" bi Anthrax as the bonus track for album's Japanese release.

Thin Lizzy is anaw the major inspiration for modren hivy metal baunds, mist notably Metallica[7] and Mastodon.[8] Mastodon covered Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald", which haes been includit as a bonus track for their Japanese release o their album Remission. They hae played the sang live several times, includin an acoustic version wi Scott Gorham on guitar.[8] Henry Rollins has expressed a fondness for Thin Lizzy,[9] an the Rollins Band covered their sang "Are You Ready?" on their album Get Some Go Again (2000).

Baund members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: Thin Lizzy baund members
Current members
  • Brian Downey – drums (1969–83, 1996–98, 2010–present)
  • Scott Gorham – guitar, backin vocals (1974–83, 1996–2001, 2004–present)
  • Darren Wharton – keybuirds, vocals (1981–83, 1996–2001, 2010–present)
  • Marco Mendoza – bass guitar, backin vocals (1996–2001, 2005–07, 2010–present)
  • Ricky Warwick – lead vocals, occasional guitar (2010–present)
  • Damon Johnson – guitar, backin vocals (2011–present)
Umwhile members

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: Thin Lizzy discography

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Thin Lizzy. Rolling Stone.
  2. Thin Lizzy: Biography. Allmusic
  3. "Dandy". Comics UK. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
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  7. Classic Albums: Metallica: Metallica, Eagle Eye/Pioneer, 2001.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kies, Chris (May 2009). "Interview: Mastodon's Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher". Premier Guitar, Gearhead Communications, LLC. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  9. See Rollins's spoken word album The Boxed Life

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

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