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Monday, June 13, 2011
Quick Update for Monday 13th June, 2011
Thin Lizzy set to rock North America this Fall
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 (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Soul SirkUS), 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!"
Deep Purple's DVD “Phoenix Rising“ is by all means 3 products in 1.
All of them previously unreleased, they would have to have been brought out as seperate products.
- RISES OVER JAPAN: 30 minute-long live footage filmed in 16mm in Japan, restored in HD. Never before released, not even on bootlegs. Originally planned to be included in a Deep Purple film the short movie was never released after Tommy Bolin’s death. If it wasn’t known the show is from 1976, the stunning video quality would make the viewer believe this is a production filmed with the most modern HD cameras.
- GETTING TIGHTER: The full length 90 minute documentary of the story behind Deep Purple after Ian Gillan and Roger Glover’s departures. Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes tell the story of the “post Gillan“ years, through never before seen live images, backstage footage, never before told stories and original video material collected through years of hard work. A real dream come true for all Deep Purple fans.
New inside stories and the truths about the dark sides of Deep Purple with the rise and fall of their seventies years will really grab fans.
- CD: The original soundtrack and more. The best of Deep Purple MKIV (Tommy Bolin - Jon Lord - Ian Paice - David Coverdale - Glenn Hughes) from the “Rises Over Japan“ concert and more.