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Thin Lizzy

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Formed: 1970
From: Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Thin Lizzy News

Below is our complete Thin Lizzy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Former Dio Bassist Jimmy Bain Passes Away

The veteran rock and metal bass player Jimmy Bain, best known for his work with Dio and Rainbow, as well as Thin Lizzy, has passed away at the age of 68 according to his friends. He was most recently involved in the band, Last In Line, which featured fellow Dio alumni Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, who will release their debut album, "Heavy Crown" on February 20th.

Bain was born in Newtonmore, Scotland and made his presence known first with Rainbow, with whom he recorded the album "Rising" and the live releases, "On Stage" and "Live in Germany," before joining Thin Lizzy, performing on the "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" record, as well as contributing significantly to Thin Lizzy mastermind Phil Lynott's solo material. After working with Gary Moore and forming his own band, Wild Horses, he joined forces with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio to help form the singer's eponymous band, and remained a member throughout the eighties, rejoining at the beginning of the millenium to record the albums, "Magica" and "Killing the Dragon." More...

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"The Bridge" To Feature Al Jourgenson

The upcoming feature film "The Bridge" brings together a cast of iconic rock musicians, some of whom will make their film debut: Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, Tiny Biuso of Doyle (ex-Misfit)/TSOL, Rick Warwick of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy, and Sin Quirin of Ministry.

Director/writer Bobby Field, with producers Denise Bohdan and Jason Gurvitz, announce the launch of their campaign for the film on Indiegogo. You can contribute to the campaign at this location.

Driven by its powerful original soundtrack, and written by Bobby Field, a musician and actor in his own right, "The Bridge" tells the story of a small town musical prodigy who must free himself from the shadows of his past to find love, hope and friendship that could lead him to the musical expression he never thought possible.

The campaign will offer fans unique experiences like building their own Fender guitar at Fender Factory with Jourgensen, Quirin or Santiago, "Joe Elliott's Big Fat Package" featuring a Telecaster Guitar and other autographed memorabilia, or having Santiago make you his famous spaghetti in your home.

The campaign will also benefit The Fender Music Foundation, and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation's Entertainment Marketing division will be providing key products for the actual filming. More...

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Anthrax Streaming Thin Lizzy Cover

After releasing a cover of "TNT" by AC/DC, Anthrax has posted a new clip for a cover version of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak." Check out the track below.

"Jailbreak" is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band's last album, "Worship Music." The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new "Anthems" EP, featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by Rush, AC/DC, Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick, and Thin Lizzy. The "Anthems" track listing is as follows:

01. Anthem (RUSH)
02. TNT (AC/DC)
03. Smokin' (BOSTON)
04. Keep On Runnin' (JOURNEY)
05. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK)
06. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY)
07. Crawl (Album version)
08. Crawl (Remix) More...

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Breaker Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2012

Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.

Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.

This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.

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Atomkraft Reveals New EP Details

British heavy metal veterans Atomkraft has revealed that they will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Cold Sweat" on August 29th through W.A.R. Productions. The record will feature a cover version of the classic Thin Lizzy song of the same name, as well as bonus tracks (available only on the CD version.) You can check out a video clip featuring the cover below. "Cold Sweat" will be made available in the following two formats:

-- 7" EP limited to 200 copies only in colored vinyl + insert
-- MCD limited to 1000 copies with two bonus tracks

Guest guitarist Joe Matera stated: "This is a recording that was done around 2005; I remember laying down my guitar solo around that time. It was going to be released back then but due to circumstances at the time, it got shelved."

Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham­ also commented: "I actually really liked this version of 'Cold Sweat' a lot. Cool solo. I also liked the way Atomkraft made the song their own with the arrangement and production. Very cool." More...

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Clutch To Tour With Thin Lizzy

American hard rockers Clutch have revealed that they will be heading overseas to the United Kingdom in early 2012 for a string of support dates for Irish rock icons Thin Lizzy. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues for the tour below.

01/19 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
01/21 Newcastle, UK – City Hall
01/23 Leicester, UK – De Montfort Hall
01/24 York, UK – Barbican
01/25 Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
01/27 Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
01/28 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
01/29 Sheffield, UK – City Hall
01/31 Plymouth, UK – Pavilions
02/01 Cardiff, UK – St. Davids Hall
02/03 Brighton, UK – Dome
02/04 London, UK – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Thin Lizzy will be on North American soil this coming October and November opening for heavy metal veterans Judas Priest. You can check out the full list of dates for that tour over at this location.

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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour

British heavy metal gods Judas Priest have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this October as part of their farewell trek, dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. Joining them on the run of dates will be Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy and American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society. A second leg is expected to be announced later in the year.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
October 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
October 15 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 16 - Dallas, TX - Allen Event Center
October 18 - Tuscon, AZ - Ava Ampitheater
October 19 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
October 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AZ State Fair
October 22 - San Bernadino, CA - San Miguel Ampitheater
October 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
October 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
October 26 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
October 29 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
October 30 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 1 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
November 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
November 5 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
November 12 - Chicago, IL - The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
November 13 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
November 18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center

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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Dan Reed
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
October File
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Twisted Sister
Wayne Static
Young Guns
Your Demise

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Thin Lizzy Announces European Tour Dates

Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe beginning in May. The tour dates are as follows:

May 28 - Dublin, Ireland- Slane Castle
May 29 -Horsens, Denmark- Jelling Festival
May 30 -Hillerod, Denmark - Frederiksborg Culture
June 2 - Swindon England- MEC Arena
June 7 -Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena (with DEF LEPPARD and ALICE COOPER)
June 8 -Dublin, Ireland-O2 Arena (with Def Leppard and Alice Cooper)
June 10 -Derby, England - Download Festival
June 11 - Solvesborg, Sweden- Sweden Rock Festival
June 14 -Enschede, Netherlands - Enschede Atak Festival
June 18 -Clisson, France- Hellfest

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.

Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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Thin Lizzy Announces North American Tour Dates

Thin Lizzy is set to take the USA by storm with upcoming tour dates in late March and early April. The trek will include stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago, and will also include a live appearance on the popular radio show, Rockline, on March 23rd, which will run from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am EST. Thin Lizzy's current line-up includes such "Lynott era" Lizzy veterans as Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums), and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, bassist Marco Mendoza, and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Thin Lizzy became one of rock's top bands during the 1970's, on the strength of Lynott's poetic yet tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. But with Lizzy being either consistently name checked as an influence or having their songs covered by other bands, the group's stature has remained at the forefront of rock over the years. And now, US fans will be able to experience the Lizzy legend once more on the concert stage.

Here are the confirmed Thin Lizzy tour dates:

03/24/2011 Jim Thorpe, PA. Penn's Peak
03/25/2011 New York, NY. Best Buy Theatre
03/26/2011 Uncasville, CT. Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf's Den
03/27/2011 Sayreville, NJ. Starland Ballroom
03/29/2011 Glenside, PA. Keswick Theatre
03/30/2011 Toronto, ON. Canada Sound Academy
03/31/2011 Detroit, MI. Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel
04/01/2011 Chicago, IL. Vic Theatre

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Gary Moore Documentary In The Works

A trailer for "White Knuckles & Blue Moods", the forthcoming 60 minute documentary on the late Thin Lizzy guitarist and blues rock icon Gary Moore, has been posted online. The film is reportedly being made by Jörgen Holmstedt and Stefan Mossberg, who've been working on it for several years. A late 2011 release is expected. You can view the trailer below:

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Def Leppard Announces Irish Shows

British hard rock legends Def Leppard has announced that in addition to their headlining slot at the Download festival on June 10th, they will also be performing two shows in the Emerald Isle, bringing with them two fellow rock legends in Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy, the latter of which also features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. The tour is in support of their forthcoming new live album, "Mirrorball," which is expected to be released sometime around early Summer.

The tour dates are as follows:

June 7 – The Odyssey Arena - Belfast, N. Ireland
June 8 – The O2 - Dublin, Eire

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Sixteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:

Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Rob Zombie
Alice Cooper
Black Stone Cherry
Alter Bridge
The Cult
Thin Lizzy
Cheap Trick
All That Remains
Hollywood Undead
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
Twisted Sister
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
Blackveil Brides
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Asking Alexandria
Madina Lake
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Mr. Big
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
Frank Turner
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
Trash Talk
Jameson Raid

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Paul Rodgers Offers Thoughts On Gary Moore

Current Queen member Paul Rodgers has posted the following statement online regarding the passing of legendary guitarist Gary Moore:

"Gary was a friend and a truly great man. I respect that he played the game his way... no time for B.S. He was focused and passionate about music and was one of the best.

"The last time that I jammed with Gary, he came on as my special guest at London's Royal Albert Hall and proceeded to take it to another level... the place imploded! When he played, he was a man on fire.

"If there hadn't been an ocean between us and Gary didn't mind flying, we absolutely would have created more together. We've lost a great British blues man and I am very, very sad."

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Uriah Heep Guitarist Comments On Gary Moore

Mick Box, guitarist for British hard rock veterans Uriah Heep, has posted the following statement online regarding he passing of guitar legend Gary Moore:

"On Sunday it was very sad to read that Gary Moore had died. I was most upset, as I have known Gary for many years, and he is a wonderful guitarist and friend. He will be sadly missed, but he leaves us with a wonderful legacy of music, and my heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace, my friend!"

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Gary Moore's Cause of Death Revealed

According to reports made on British news and celebrity site Mirror.co.uk, legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore passed away due to a suspected heart attack, a postmortem revealed on Monday, February 7, 2011. Moore had passed in his sleep Sunday morning, hours after checking into the five-star Kempinski Hotel in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain. He was 58 years old. A Spanish police spokesman said today;

"Mr. Moore died of natural causes and his death is not in any way suspicious. An investigating magistrate has opened a standard inquiry to determine the exact cause of death."

Read the full article at Mirror UK.

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Therapy? Comments On The Passing Of Gary Moore

Irish hard rock act Therapy? has posted the following statement online in response to the passing of Gary Moore:

"Just heard the very sad news that Gary Moore has passed away. The Belfast-born guitar legend was a big inspiration for myself growing up in Northern Ireland, both for his work with Thin Lizzy and his very successful solo career.

"We had the pleasure of meeting Gary and his band last summer at the Pinkpop Classic festival in Holland. After watching their (killer) show, we were introduced and Gary came over to our dressing room and chatted away to us. He was everything you'd want a hero to be… laid back, modest and very genuine, with a cool sense of humour.

"Our condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates."

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Empty Hearts: A Tribute To Gary Moore

Nowadays, the term "Guitar Hero" has become synonymous with a rhythm based video game, but prior to this, the term was used as a tag of respect to those who breathed, ate and lived for their instrument, and displayed a skill and passion for the six stringed axe that elevated them to the status of kings to their listeners. These guitar heroes created music that resonated within the very souls of their fans and bore riffs that would become as memorable to rockers as their child's first word or their wedding day. Regardless of how the term is thrown around now, Gary Moore is, was and forever shall be, a true guitar hero.

Gary Moore was born in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast on April 4th 1952 and begun his foray into music at the age of eight, using an old acoustic guitar. He showed dedication to the guitar even in his youth, when at the age of fourteen, he learned how to play his first "proper" guitar right handed, despite being a southpaw. His influences were similar to many young musicians of the time; The Beatles, Elvis Presley, but his approach to his instrument was changed forever when he witnessed a Jimi Hendrix concert. After attending the show, his style morphed into the blues rock style for which he would become most well known.

At the age of sixteen, Moore moved to Dublin to join the band Skid Row, which also featured future Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. With Skid Row, Moore recorded two studio albums, "Skid" and "34 Hours," before setting out on his own and releasing his debut studio album, "Grinding Stone" in 1973. The album is not seen by some as a Gary Moore album, as it is attributed to "The Gary Moore Band" but nevertheless brought the young guitarist to the attention of many contemporaries. The following year, Moore reunited with Lynott to record the song, "Still Loving You" for the Thin Lizzy album, "Night Life." This would not be his only tenure with the band however, as he also worked with the group on their album, "Black Rose: A Rock Legend," regarded by many fans to be one of the best Thin Lizzy albums in their catalogue. He also appeared with the band in the music videos for the songs, "Do Anything You Want To" and "Waiting For An Alibi."

In 1979, the same year Thin Lizzy released, "Black Rose," Moore once again began to compose solo material, culminating in the album, "Back On The Streets," which fetured Phil Lynott appearing on and co-writing several tracks and an album cover depicting Moore leaving the infamous Wormwood Scrubs Prison in West London. The album featured the song, "Parisiene Walkways," one of his best known compisitions and following the record's release, Moore continued to release solo albums regularly, experimenting in many forms of music including blues, rock, jazz, heavy metal and country music. He still found the time to contribute to other artists work though, including an appearance on the Charity single "Let It Be," which was billed as Ferry Aid and raised money for the survivors of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, which was considered one of the worst maritime catastrophes since the Titanic sunk.

With a discography spanning twenty studio albums and numerous live and compilation records and a life rooted in music for more than five decades, Gary Moore will always be remembered as one of the true devotees to music. His style has influenced countless guitar players worldwide, including Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and Tygers Of Pan Tang guitarist John Sykes, who himself would become a large part of Thin Lizzy history. It's a testament to not only Gary Moore the guitarist, but Gary Moore tha man, that in the short time that his death was announced, tributes, memories and praise have poured out from fans and fellow musicians alike, none of whom seem to have a bad word to say about him.

He left us too soon, and we've Still Got The Blues.

Gary Moore. 1952 - 2011

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Henry Rollins And More Pay Tribute To Gary Moore

As was reported yesterday, guitar hero and former Thin Lizzy axeman Gary Moore has passed away. Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in from fans and peers alike. Former Black Flag frontman and spoken word artist Henry Rollins stated:

"He was too young to go, those Lizzy recordings with Moore were as good as it gets. His solo records were rocking."

Former Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow and Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley commented: "It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Gary Moore in this way. His passing has come as a sad and terrible shock and I have difficulty believing that he’s gone. I have many fond memories of our years together, both in the workplace of music and as friends. I have love and respect for Gary as a musician and as a person, he was one of the greatest. Farewell and rest in peace Gary my friend." More...

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