Thin Lizzy, the celebrated Irish hard rock band, returns with "Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theater Philadelphia 1977," a long-lost classic concert recording, on March 3.
Guitarist Scott Gorham,who relaunched the band in 1996 as a tribute to former bass player and singer Phil Lynott, is hoping the stash of recently discovered tapes that contained the upcoming "Still Dangerous" masters will yield even more archival treasures.
"There's so much of it in there," Gorham tells Billboard.com about the collection of material found in a London vault. "I was actually surprised by the amount. When I got to the 'Still Dangerous' stuff I got stopped in my tracks and started concentrating on that, but I'm going to go back in to see what else is there."
In addition to live shows, Gorham expects to find some unreleased Thin Lizzy studio sessions. "There has to be stuff in there," he says. "I don't remember us having a while shitload of outtakes, but there's stuff that didn't get finished or didn't get on this album or that album. It just takes the will to get into the studio and start digging deep into this catalog of stuff you haven't heard in years. I'm gonna do that, just see what this little goldmine is holding."
The "Still Dangerous" tape, which was remixed and remastered by Glyn Johns, was found in a box marked "Philadelphia 2," which contained a tape made for the King Biscuit Flower Hour -- actually the group's second performance for the show on its "Bad Reputation" tour. Thin Lizzy let King Biscuit record the first night of the trek with the caveat that it would also tape another show once the group had been on the road and warmed up a little.
"For the second (show) we actually put out the word to all our fans, so it was our people rather than a King Biscuit audience," recalls Gorham.
In addition to the vault material, Gorham hopes to record some new Thin Lizzy music to release in the near future. He plans to bring his latest incarnation of the band to North America this year, and he and fellow guitarist and Lizzy alumnus John Sykes hope to hit the studio as well for the group's first studio album since 1983's "Thunder and Lightning."
"That's probably the No. 1 question that I get -- 'When are you guys gonna get out there and recording something new?' " Gorham acknowledges. "I have the feeling we will do that. John and I do have quite a bit of material that we've written together. I think at this point enough time has past (since frontman Phil Lynott's death in 1986) that everybody will be pretty comfortable with the idea of new Thin Lizzy music. So I think the time is getting close for John and I get in there and do that very thing."