Gig Of The Week: Thin Lizzy
WHO: Thin Lizzy
WHERE: Leeds O2 Academy
WHEN: Monday, January 10
Back on the road again, the revamped Thin Lizzy seem to be attracting more attention that has been the case since they got back together in 1996.
“I’ve not had this much fun on tour for ages,” enthuses guitarist Scott Gorham. “And that can only be a good thing. It’s never easy to tour when you feel like it’s a job. But right now, everyone’s so into playing this stuff that we’re all enjoying the experience.”
Joining Gorham in the new look line-up is vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), keyboard player Darren Dean Wharton, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Brian Downey.
“Right now, we haven’t done too many shows together, and we’re having to iron out one or two little hiccoughs. But the crowds have been so amazing that they don’t seem to care!”
The set is still being finessed, and the band have enough songs worked up to make changes.
“We’re doing about an hour and 45 minutes now, and there are a couple of extra songs we have ready so that things can be swapped around a bit.”
For Lizzy this is a special tour, coming as it does right after the 25th anniversary of Phil Lynott’s death, and the band certain pay their own homage to him.
“At one point in the set every member of the band gets introduced, and the end of this we flash up a huge photo of Phil on the screen, and the crowd goes absolutely crazy. From thereonin it’s a party to the end of the set.”
After Leeds, the band play:
January 11: Llandudno Theatre
January 12: Leicester De Montfort Hall
January 14: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
January 15: Manchester Apollo
January 16: Bristol Colston Hall
January 18: Southampton Guildhall
January 19: Ipswich Regent
January 21: Cambridge Corn Exchange
January 22: London Hammersmith Apollo
January 23: London IndigO2
Supersuckers will support on all dates, with FM also on the bill for the Hammersmith show. The Union will also be playing in Glasgow, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Manchester and at the IndigO2.
Find out more at www.thinlizzy.org/