Thin Lizzy – Stockholm Sweden
Thin Lizzy is playing in Stockholm Sweden on their “Black Rose Tour” in May 1979. Featured in this photo is front man Phil Lynott on the left and guitarists Gary Moore and Scott Gorham alongside. While we’re not sure who took this picture, whoever did, captured these three amazing artists at their prime.
Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. The band were led throughout their recording career by bassist, songwriter, and singer Phil Lynott. Furthermore, they are known for their songs Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town. All of these tracks are major international hits still playing regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott died, various incarnations of the band emerged over the years culminating in a more stable line-up. Mostly, based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes. Sykes left the band in June 2009.
Phil Lynott is an Irish musician who first came to prominence as a founding member and front man of Thin Lizzy. As leader of the band, Lynott’s vocals and bass guitar were a key element in the commercial success of thirteen albums, in addition to a string of hit songs. Lynott also embarked upon a solo career, published two books of poetry, and after Thin Lizzy disbanded, he assembled and fronted the band Grand Slam, of which he was the leader until it folded. In the period before his demise, he had major UK success with Gary Moore with the song ‘Out in The Fields’, followed by a minor hit ‘Nineteen’.
Thin Lizzy’s leader, Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all their songs. He was also one of the few black men to achieve significant success in hard rock. As well as being multiracial, the band drew its members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including country music, psychedelic rock, Irish music and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or heavy metal.
An Irish musician from Belfast, Gary Moore, is most recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on “She’s My Baby” from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
Scotts Gorhan is an American guitarist and songwriter who is one of the “twin lead guitarists” for the Thin Lizzy. Although not a founding member of Thin Lizzy, he served a continuous membership after passing an audition in 1974. Joining the band at a time when the band’s future was in doubt after the departures of original guitarist Eric Bell and Gary Moore. Gorham remained with Thin Lizzy until the band’s breakup in 1984.
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