It’s almost impossible to find a modern day hard rock/heavy metal band that doesn’t list Thin Lizzy as an influence.
So the band couldn’t have picked a better time to launch an arena tour, opening for Judas Priest on their farewell “Epitaph Tour.”
Comprised of a kick ass line-up featuring such Phil Lynott-era Lizzies as guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, and keyboardist Darren Wharton, as well as Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, former Almighty singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza, Lizzy is aiming to bring the house down each night.
Understandably Lizzy is looking forward to teaming up with metal legends Priest and Black Label Society this fall.
“One of the big perks of being a member of Thin Lizzy is that sometimes we get to share the stage with other bands that have helped to shape the music we hear today,” explains Warwick. “Judas Priest helped define a genre and I am really looking forward to seeing them on tour.”
Thin Lizzy became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970’s, on the strength of the hits “Jailbreak,” “The Boys Are Back In Town,” “Dancing in the Moonlight,” and “Waiting for an Alibi,” Lynott’s poetic-yet-tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986.
However, Lizzy’s stature has continued to grow over the years, as their songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists, including Metallica (“Whiskey in the Jar”), Smashing Pumpkins (“Dancing in the Moonlight”), Bon Jovi (“The Boys Are Back In Town”), Sade (“Still in Love with You”), the Foo Fighters (“Bad Reputation”), and Mastodon (“Emerald”), among other rock bands.
Gorham especially is looking forward to Lizzy’s triumphant return to the States. “We love playing in the USA and it will be great to show the rest of the States what we are made of. We are all fired and ready to kick some ass!”
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Confirmed Thin Lizzy/Judas Priest Tour Dates:
12 October AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.
14 October Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX.
15 October The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX.
16 October Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX.
18 October Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ.
19 October Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA.
21 October AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ.
22 October San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA.
23 October Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV.
25 October Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA.
26 October Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.
29 October WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.
30 October Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.
1 November Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB.
2 November Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB.
4 November Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT.
5 November 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO.
12 November The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL.
13 November Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI.
18 November Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ.
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto ONT