Gorham: Forget me – remember Thin Lizzy
Scott Gorham doesn’t care if the world forgets his name – as long as it doesn’t forget Thin Lizzy.
The guitarist is currently touring with Black Star Riders, the band formed out of his 2010 Lizzy revamp. They’re turning their minds to their second album, but Gorham isn’t going to completely abandon Phil Lynott’s band name, and plans to stage some Lizzy shows in 2014.
He tells the Independent: “If someone asks me: ‘What’s your name?’ and they don’t recognise Scott Gorham, well, that’s fine.
“If they say: ‘What band were you in?’ and don’t recognise Thin Lizzy, now that I have an issue with. It’s one of the reasons I put Lizzy back together: I was determined to raise awareness of what we achieved. For Phil to be forgotten would not be good.”
Lynott died in 1986, and Gorham has never quite dealt with his passing. He recalls: “When I heard Phil Lynott had died I could not believe it. I mean, this was Phil Lynott. He could take more drugs, screw more chicks, stay up more days in a row than anyone else. He was the guy.
“I learned he had a heart attack and was in a really bad way. Then he was gone. And I was thinking, ‘Man, what the hell just happened?’ To lose him was a total shock. It was not on the menu. It was not supposed to be how it ended for Phil.”
Metallica secured the Lynott legacy for another generation when they recorded a version of Whiskey In The Jar in 1998, inspired by Lizzy’s take. Gorham says: “That was a great version. I’ve heard other versions of Thin Lizzy songs that were… okay. What I really like is that they made it their own while keeping it recognisably Thin Lizzy. They put a lot of thought into it.”
Black Star Riders wind up their UK and Ireland tour with a show at the Ritz in Manchester tonight and Dublin Academy tomorrow.