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Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

Postby Chris » Thu May 07, 2009 10:59 pm

Thin Lizzy – Saturday, July 18 at 7pm

John Sykes – Vocals, Guitar
Scott Gorham – Guitar
Tommy Aldridge – Drums
Francesco DiCosmo – Bass

Thin Lizzy formed in 1969 in Dublin, Ireland when vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey met guitarist Eric Bell and keyboardist Eric Wrixon. Lynott and Downey were in a band together already, as were Bell and Wrixon. They all decided to ditch their bands in favor of each other and in 1970 they released a single “The Farmer,” that sold poorly. Wrixon returned to his old band. Even though the single did not do well, the band was signed to Decca Records by the end of the year and in 1971 the band released their self-titled debut album. It also didn’t sell particularly well but the band released an EP later in 1971 as well as a second album, titled Shades of a Blue Orphanage in 1972. Neither of these sold well either. A surprising jumpstart to their careers came later in 1972 when the band’s label released their version of “Whiskey in the Jar,” an Irish traditional ballad that the band did not want released since it did not represent their true sound. The song was a huge hit, reaching #1 in Ireland and #6 in the UK. It lead to an appearance on Top of the Pops in 1973. A third album, Vagabonds of the Western World, followed later in 1973. However, momentum from the single would not transform into album sales as the release only charted in Ireland. Bell left that year and was replaced by Gary Moore. Moore left after finishing the tour and a few studio songs. The band set out for replacements and found guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Phonogram signed the band and released their fourth album, Nightlife, in 1974, but the album did not chart. With Gorham, a California native, the band toured the USA for the first time in 1975. That year they released their first album to chart in the UK, Fighting. It reached #60 and the band started to gel into a dual guitar unit. Their breakthrough album, Jailbreak, came in 1976. The album contained their first US hit with “The Boys Are Back in Town.” It reached #12 in the US and #8 in the UK. The title song would also become a hit. The album would go gold in both the US and the UK. Later in 1976, the band released Johnny the Fox, which did not sell as well as Jailbreak and contained no significant singles. Despite internal problems between Lynott and Robertson, the band recorded another album, 1977’s Bad Reputation. The album sold well behind the hit “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight).” The classic live release “Live and Dangerous” was released in 1978. It reached #2 in the UK. However, Robertson would leave and Moore would once again join the band. Moore would record with the band for the first time on 1979’s Black Rose: A Rock Legend, another UK #2 hit. However, he would leave the band again on a tour in support of the album. Lynott also released a solo album and worked on side projects during this time. Guitarist Snowy White got on board for Chinatown, released in 1980. It reached #7 in the UK but did not chart in the US. Their first greatest hits album followed in 1981. Keyboardist Darren Wharton joined for 1981’s Renegade album, which would be White’s last with the band. John Sykes joined the band for what would be their last studio album, 1983’s Thunder and Lightning. A double live album titled Life was also released in 1983. Later in 1983, the band would play their last show in the UK. The group disbanded and everyone worked on solo or side projects. Lynott and Moore had a hit in 1985 with the song “Out in the Fields.” Tragically, Lynnott passed away in 1986 from pneumonia and heart failure that was attributed to his drug dependency. In 1990, members of the band recorded parts to a song that was partially completed by Lynott before his death. The song, “Dedication,” reached #35 in the UK in 1991. Various members held tribute concerts to Lynott during the early 1990’s. In 1996, Sykes decided to tour under the Thin Lizzy name and present classic Thin Lizzy tunes only with no new material in order to honor Lynott’s contributions to the band. Various compilations and live shows have been released over the years that have kept Thin Lizzy in the public’s eye. The most recent CD was released in March 2009 titled Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977. Thin Lizzy will be making one of only two US appearances when they appear at Moondance Jam for the first time.

Did You Know?
Thin Lizzy ranks #51 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Original guitarist Eric Bell and keyboardist Eric Wrixon were previously in a band called Them.
Them’s lead singer was Van Morrison.
Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey were originally in a band called Orphanage.
Thin Lizzy’s first USA tour was opening for BTO and Bob Seger.
“The Boys Are Back in Town” is #499 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song is #38 on Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
The song “Jailbreak” is #73 on VH1’s Best Hard Rock Songs of All Time.
Hit Parader lists Phil Lynott as the 59th Greatest Heavy Metal Singer.
In the UK, the band released 1 platinum, 2 silver, and 4 gold albums.
Jailbreak is the only US release to go gold.
In 2007, a live DVD of the Live and Dangerous album was released.
Live and Dangerous is included in Robert Domery’s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Thin Lizzy has had 7 top 10 hits in Ireland.
Two of those songs, “Whiskey in the Jar” and “The Boys are Back in Town,” went #1 in Ireland.
Metallica covered “Whiskey in the Jar” on its Garage Inc. release.

One Night Only 2000
Waiting for an Alibi
Don’t Believe a Word
Cold Sweat
The Sun Goes Down
Are You Ready
Bad Reputation
Still in Love with You
Cowboy Song
The Boys are Back in Town
Black Rose
Sofia, Bulgaria 2008
Waiting For An Alibi
Don't Believe a Word
Are You Ready
Bad Reputation
Dancing In The Moonlight
Still In Love With You
Sha La La
(drum solo)
Cowboy Song
The Boys Are Back in Town
Cold Sweat
Black Rose

Billboard Top 100 Hits – USA
1976 Cowboy Song #77
1976 The Boys are Back in Town #12

Top 100 Hits – UK
1973 Whiskey in the Jar #6
1976 The Boys are Back in Town #8
1976 Jailbreak #31
1976 Don’t Believe a Word #12
1977 Dancing in the Moonlight (Its Caught Me in Its Spotlight) #14
1978 Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song #20
1979 Waiting for an Alibi #9
1979 Do Anything You Want To #14
1979 Sarah #24
1980 Chinatown #21
1980 Killer on the Loose #10
1981 Killer’s Live E.P. #19
1981 Trouble Boys #53
1982 Hollywood #53
1983 Cold Sweat #27
1983 Thunder and Lightning #39
1983 The Sun Goes Down #52
1991 Dedication #35

Moondance Jam Connections
Huey Lewis (Moondance Jam 2004) played harmonica on Live and Dangerous’s “Baby Drives Me Crazy.”
He also played harmonica on “Sarah” and “With Love” on Black Rock: A Rock Legend.
John Sykes was a member of Whitesnake (Moondance Jam 2005 and 2009) from 1984 to 1987.
Current drummer Tommy Aldridge played at Moondance Jam 2005 with Whitesnake.
Aldridge also played on Ted Nugent’s (Moondance Jams 2001 and 2006) Full Bluntil Nugity album.
Aldridge was also a member of Black Oak Arkansas (Moondance Jam 2002) from 1973 to 1977.
Jeb Wright (emcee of Moondance Jam 2005) ranks Live and Dangerous as the #3 Live Album of All Time on his site Classic Rock
Readers of Classic Rock ranked the album #6.

My Take
Thin Lizzy is very underrated in the US, which is unfortunate. It is amazing that they had nearly 20 top 100 hits in the UK but only managed two in the US. How were “Cowboy Song,” “Rosalie,” and “Whiskey in the Jar” not hits in the US? I think our country for the most part missed out on one of the all-time classic rock bands. I knew very little about Thin Lizzy until Ian introduced me to them a few years ago as one of THE bands he wanted to see on the Moondance Stage. This caused me to get their greatest hits a couple years back. I wish I had gotten into them 20 years ago! I recently got their classic live album Live and Dangerous as well as One Night Only, which features the current version of Thin Lizzy. On both of these, “Cowboy Song” and “The Boys are Back in Town” are played back to back. The way they go from one song right into the other is perfect. That combo of songs is one of the things I am most looking forward to hearing at this year’s jam. I encourage you to check out not just Thin Lizzy songs but especially live Thin Lizzy. Their live sound is amazing and we are lucky to have them at the jam. Right now they are making only two stops in the US so we are getting a rare treat on the final night of Rockin’ 18.

With Lynott: – Whiskey in the Jar – The Boys are Back in Town – Cowboy Song – Jailbreak ... re=related – Still in Love with You

Current Lineup: ... re=related – Still in Love With You ... re=related – Cowboy Song ... re=related – The Boys are Back in Town ... re=related – Dancing in the Moonlight – Jailbreak
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Re: Thin Lizzy

Postby DrJim » Thu May 07, 2009 11:21 pm

Nice job again Chris. This is the band I look forward to the most this year. If you read the wikipedia information on TL - you get an idea of how crazy drugged up this band must have been.
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Re: Thin Lizzy

Postby IanR » Fri May 08, 2009 3:33 am

Excellent job again Chris. I just hope everyone will enjoy them as much as you have. anyone who wants a copy of One Night Only, send me a pm with your email address. I have a zipped copy of mp3's which I can send you via :D
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