Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham has confirmed that the renowned Irish rock band will soon head to the studio to record their first album without original frontman Phil Lynott.
Speaking with HotPress.com, Gorham revealed that the band will likely begin recording the album next month: “I’ll be going out to Los Angeles at the end of the month to work on some songs with [guitarist] Damon [Johnson] and then I think we will start recording in October.”
He added that Thin Lizzy’s latest recruits, vocalist Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson were looking forward to the challenge ahead: “We are all excited about the new record but especially Ricky and Damon, they just can’t wait to start recording!” Gorham decreed. “You have got six guys there that are chomping at the bit that can’t wait to get this thing going.”
The current Thin Lizzy lineup features Gorham, Warwick and Johnson, along with founding member Brian Downey, longtime keyboardist Darren Wharton and bassist Marco Mendoza.
Producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa) will work with the band on the album, which is their first since 1983s ‘Thunder and Lightning.’
In a recent interview with Independent.ie, Gorham said that he believed the new Thin Lizzy record would have the blessing of original frontman Phil Lynott, who died of pneumonia and heart failure due to sepsis in 1986: “I think Phil would be right behind the idea of a new Thin Lizzy album. Given the choice, Phil would want to keep the Thin Lizzy name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.”
He added: “You know, we still feel he is with us. That’s why at every gig we introduce Phil as though he’s still here — and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So he’s still overshadowing me.”
Stay tuned for further details.