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The Life Of Brian
He manned the guitars during Thin Lizzy’s mid-seventies rush of hit albums. Brian Robertson looks back on the good and bad times with the band and movingly recounts his last meeting with Phil Lynott, just a few hours before his death.
Olaf Tyaransen, 03 Mar 2011
“We do ‘It’s Only Money’, ‘Running Back’ and ‘Blues Boy’, which was a track we used to do live. On the live set, we’ll do five altogether.”
His band is a supergroup of sorts, comprised of several big names from other major rock acts.
“My fabulous band,” he smiles. “They’re all just friends actually, to be honest. It just sort of happened this way. Ian Haugland on drums, he’s from the band Europe, and I’ve known him for years. He also does a radio show in Stockholm, where I spend a lot of my time, so I used to do his live shows with him in the mornings, pick records and all sorts of stuff. So he’s the drummer. Bass-player is Namme Pahlsson. He plays bass for Treat. He plays with Ian a lot, too, so we’ve got a really tight rhythm section.
“Our lead singer is a guy called Leif Sundin, and he’s with the Michael Schenker Group; Chris Laney is playing rhythm guitar; and a girl called Liny Wood is doing my second vocals and backing vocals, and doing a bit of percussion for us. And that’s it.”
As someone who co-wrote numerous songs with Lynott, what’s Robertson’s all time favourite Lizzy track?
“I really like ‘It’s Only Money’, always have done,” he says. “Obviously ‘Still In Love With You’ is up there as a favourite. Mainly because I get to play a lot on it!”
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt after a lifetime in rock ‘n’ roll?
“Ah, there’s so many,” he sighs. “Just to keep going, I guess. Don’t give up on it and stick to your guns, basically.”