- 28 Jul 03
Some might think it’s live and dubious but Scott Gorham insists that the Thin Lizzy of 2003 is a heartfelt tribute to Phil Lynott.
The very idea of Thin Lizzy performing live in 2003 without their former frontman, the late lamented Phil Lynott, might be anathema to some. But according to Scott Gorham, guitarist with the classic mid-’70s Lizzy line-up, it’s all about paying respect to Lynott and his music.
“It’s not like we’re trying to kid anyone,” he says. “Everybody who comes to see the show is well aware of the history of the band and what happened to Phil. They know for sure that he’s not going to show up on the night but they come along for the music and to hear it played as close as it was to the original.”
The current Thin Lizzy line-up also includes former band member John Sykes (who ironically replaced Gorham in the final Lizzy incarnation), Michael Lee on drums from the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant camp and bassist Gary Leiderman who has worked with Iron Maiden and Asia. As well as playing one part of the duel guitar role along with Gorham, Sykes also has what some would see as the unenviable task of tackling lead vocals.