Warwick shattered by Thin Lizzy fear
Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick admits he was “shattered” by the belief that the band should not record as Thin Lizzy.
Midway during recording the demos for a planned Lizzy album, he had to tell guitarist Scott Gorham that it was wrong, and they’d have to avoid using Phil Lynott’s band name.
Warwick tells Jam: “At the time we were recording, I told Scott my confidence had been shattered. Half of me is waking up in the morning pumped up that I’m working on a new Thin Lizzy record. How cool is that? It’s the greatest thing ever.
“The other half of me is saying, ‘This is so wrong. I can’t do this.’ And I said: ‘For that reason alone, we can’t do this as Thin Lizzy.’
“I think everyone was feeling the same way. Once the elephant was out of the room it felt okay. We said, ‘We love these songs – we have to figure out a way.’”
He’s convinced BSR made the right decision. “It had been 30 years since Lizzy’s swan song, Thunder & Lightning. There was also Phil’s legacy to consider, and what it means to the band’s faithful.
“I’m putting my fan head on now: if you’d said Thin Lizzy were going to record a new album with a new singer, I would not have wanted anything to do with it. I wouldn’t want to hear it; I would not have been interested.”
And while Warwick is happy to discuss the heavy influence of Lynott on his own music, he also says their native Ireland has had significant impact too. “We’re a country of dreamers, wanderers, travellers and fighters,” he says. “It’s engrained in our culture and history. We’re proud of who we are and what we are; I’ve never tried to disguise that.”