Gorham: ‘I tried to drag everyone away from Thin Lizzy’
Scott Gorham says he tried to force the members of Black Star Riders to avoid sounding like Thin Lizzy as they worked on their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose.
Once the decision had been made to drop Phil Lynott’s band name and use a new one, he wanted to draw a line between the two acts.
But he accepts it was a futile exercise – and he’s happy with the results of their studio efforts.
Gorham tells May The Rock Be With You: “I was constantly trying to drag everyone away from the Lizzy thing, just because I’m figuring we’re going to do a new album, new band, new sound, new everything. But you couldn’t help it.
“It’s going to sound like a Thin Lizzy album by default, just because I’m in there – because of the way I write and play and all that. Then you’ve got Ricky Warwick; the lyrics on this are just unbelievably good. Damon Johnson is a giant in this band and his writing leans towards the Lizzy side.
“So there will be shades of Thin Lizzy, absolutely. There’s a lot of harmony guitars and riffs and all that – but it’s got its own sound all at the same time.”
Frontman Warwick is relieved that he’ll no longer be too closely associated with the idea of replacing Lynott, who died in 1986. The former Almighty vocalist explains: “People always say, ‘Those are big shoes to fill and you can’t fill them.’ All I can say is that you stand beside them, and hope some of the man’s greatness rubs off on your performance.
“I can get back to being me a little more with Black Star Riders. I’m still very influence by Phil as a songwriter, lyricist, and the way he phrases stuff. We want to retain what’s great about Thin Lizzy and move it over to Black Star Riders.”
All Hell Breaks Loose is due for release via Nuclear Blast in May.
01. All Hell Breaks Loose
02. Bound For Glory
03. Kingdom Of The Lost
05. Kissin’ The Ground
06. Hey Judas
07. Hoodoo Voodoo
08. Valley Of The Stones
09. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad