Thin Lizzy Considering Return to the Studio
Scott Gorham is thinking it may be time to bring the Thin Lizzy boys back into the studio again.
The venerable group hasn't released a new album since 1983's "Thunder and Lightning" and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in 1986. But guitarist Gorham, who was with the group from 1974-83 and has led various configurations of reconstituted Thin Lizzys since 1996 tells Billboard.com that the current lineup -- which includes original drummer Brian Downey, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent), singer Ricky Warwick and keyboardist Darren Wharton -- may just be good enough to try to add some music to the Lizzy legacy.
"That's the No. 1 question we're getting from people -- are we gonna record some new material?" Gorham says. "The fans seem to trust this lineup, and I don't blame them. We've kind of jumped this emotional hurdle together. Ricky's writing some f***ing killer lyrics, and with the kind of talent that's in Thin Lizzy now I think we can pull off a really cool set of tunes. At least it's something that we can think about now, where before it wasn't on the table."
No firm recording plans have been made yet. Thin Lizzy is currently on the road in North America and has lined up some European dates for June -- including a pair opening for Def Leppard in Ireland and a spot on the Sweden Rock Festival lineup in Solvesborg -- and Campbell in particular will be busy with Def Leppard touring obligations through the summer.
Meanwhile, there's no lack of Thin Lizzy music for fans. Gorham and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, a big Lizzy fan, recently spearheaded deluxe expanded edition reissues of the group's 1976 breakthrough album "Jailbreak" -- which featured the hit "The Boys are Back In Town" -- and the same year's "Johnny the Fox," part of a continuing Lizzy reissue series. The "Live and Dangerous" concert set was also overhauled for the U.K.
All of the reissues feature bonus demos and live tracks, and Gorham was particularly happy to have a chance to improve the original mixes.
"Joe and I had been fantasizing for years, 'Wouldn't it be cool if you could get a record company to just throw some cash at you and said, 'Go ahead and do some remixes,' " Gorham says. "We were calling it 'the millennium mix' -- what it would be like if Thin Lizzy were actually happening today but had all the advantages of all the digital gear and different equipment that's available to everybody now. So when the opportunity came up, we just jumped at it. It was a hell of a lot of fun."
Gorham says he anticipates reissues of 1977's "Bad Reputation" and 1980's "Chinatown" next but is not planning the same level of involvement as on "Jailbreak" and "Johnny the Fox."