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December 16, 2007

Remembering Thin Lizzy

I was cruising youtube for a bit and stumbled on one of my favourite rock bands ever - Thin Lizzy. What a great band they were. Truth is, they were one of the reasons I picked up the guitar at the age of 13.

My friend had all this Thin Lizzy albums and he would play this awesome songs for me when I was over visiting. The pictures of the band were great too - Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson just looked so darn cool with those Les Pauls. I was hooked. It wasn't long after I got a real shoddy Les Paul copy; I think the brand was Stagg.

You can read more about the history of the band at the Thin Lizzy page at Wikipedia. It was sad that band leader Phil Lynott had to go so early. He was a fantastic song writer and he always surrounded himself with fantastic guitar players.

Live and Dangerous is probably my favourite album. These boys sounded terrific live - they could really play, which wasn't always the case with some of the lame rock bands of the 80s.

All their albums are worth a listen though. Jailbreak is a great album, and so is Bad Reputation, Chinatown, Thunder and Lightning, but as I said, all them of them are worth a listen. You must hear Live and Dangerous, if you haven't.

Guitar hero Gary Moore worked with the band now and then, and I'm sure him and Phil Lynott would have created some great stuff if Phil hadn't left us so early.

Here are some great videos I found on youtube. I miss this type of guitar-based rock music. There is really not much music you hear today that has this honest and raw sound. Boy, I do miss the rock bands of the 70s! There were others too, but today I'm saying CHEERS to Thin Lizzy!

The Boys Are Back In Town - Live

One of the most popular songs they wrote. Great song.

Dancing In The Moonlight - Live

A softer song, but oh so nice. What a great song.

Bad Reputation - Live

This is very cool song, with some tricky guitar riffs in terms of timing. Most rock bands played simple guitar riffs, but Thin Lizzy often stepped it up a notch and had very clever guitar lines and riffs, especially the harmonized leads.

Cold Sweat - Live

Here's a real hard rock riff. At this time, John Sykes had joined the band, and I think he gave them a more "Metal" sound. Great guitar player.

There's my little mini-tribute to one of the best rock bands ever - Thin Lizzy!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on December 16, 2007

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