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Thin Lizzy

Lynott was the only original member not born in Ireland, and remains one of the few black men to achieve significant success in hard rock. Their first taste of success was the 1973 hit single, "Whiskey in the Jar", a version of a traditional Irish song (Metallica scored a major hit with their 1998 cover version, featured on their album, Garage Inc.).

Fighting (1975) was their first album success, however the following album, Jailbreak, was a smash hit thanks to the singles "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", their most successful and remembered song.

During the late 1970s and early 80s, Thin Lizzy played to a rabid fanbase but was unable to break into mainstream markets. Unlike most established rock musicians, Lynott was a vocal supporter of early punk rock; this endeared him to some punk musicians and fans, but many more punks rejected Thin Lizzy as a useless relic.

Their live shows at this time were no-nonsense, no special effects affairs relying purely on the music and Lynott's rapport with the fans. Encores would feature Lynott seemingly ignoring repeated requests from the crowd for The Rocker. Eventually, he would say "This is what I want to play.... a song called The Rocker......." and the band would launch into the crowd favourite. Their critically acclaimed live album Live and Dangerous has been called one of the best examples in the genre of concert recordings, having been voted the best live rock album of all time by readers of Classic Rock magazine, as reported by the BBC.

One notable highlight for the band in their latter days was headlining the first ever Slane Castle concert in 1981 - and like all Irish dates, the final, final encore was a crowd pleasing "Whiskey In the Jar". The supporting lineup that day included Kirsty McColl, Hazel O'Connor and U2.

After the band broke up in the mid-80s, Lynott continued his solo career, which he had begun while still with the group with the album Solo in Soho, yielding hits in "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts", "King's Call" (featuring Mark Knopfler on guitar), and "Yellow Pearl" (used in the early 80s as the theme tune for the BBC programme Top of the Pops). He also recorded a rock'n'roll medley single in 1983, "We Are The Boys (Who Make All The Noise)" with Roy Wood, Chas Hodges and John Coghlan. He died in January 1986, a victim of drug abuse. The band reunited without him in 1999 for a European tour and live album. Having toured with Deep Purple in the USA in 2004, Thin Lizzy are currently, as of 2006, touring the UK.


Over the years, the membership of the band went through many changes, but the constant members were Lynott on bass and vocals and Brian Downey on drums. The list of guitarists who played with the band includes:


Eric Bell (1970-73)

Gary Moore (1974, 1978-79)

Brian Robertson (1974-78)

Scott Gorham (1974-83,1996-2006)

Snowy White (1980-82)

John Sykes (1982-83,1996-2006)

Guitarists who played with the band on a temporary basis include:

John Cann (1974)

Andy Gee (1974)

Midge Ure (1979)

Dave Flett (1979)

Mark Nauseef stood in for Downey on drums during a tour of Australia in 1978.

Eric Wrixon played keyboards with Thin Lizzy during their first few weeks together in 1970. In later years Darren Wharton joined the band on keyboards (1980-83).


Phil Lynott

Marco Mendoza (1996-2000,2005-2006)

Randy Gregg (2004)


Brian Downey

Mark Nauseef

Tommy Aldridge (1997-2000)

Michael Lee (2004-2006)

Lead Vocalist

Phil Lynott

John Sykes (1996-2006)


Studio albums

Thin Lizzy (1971)

Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972)

Vagabonds of the Western World (1973)

Nightlife (1974)

Fighting (1975)

Jailbreak (1976)

Johnny the Fox (1976)

Bad Reputation (1977)

Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)

Chinatown (1980)

Renegade (1981)

Thunder and Lightning (1983)

Live albums

Live and Dangerous (1978)

Life (1983)

Boys Are Back in Town: Live in Australia (1999)

One Night Only [live] (2000)


Remembering (1976)

Continuing Saga of Ageing Orphans (1979)

The Adventures of Thin Lizzy (1981)

The Collection (1987)

Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy (1991)

Thin Lizzy Greatest Hits (2004)

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