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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Brief News Update for Sunday November 6th, 2011

Thin Lizzy Announce Damon Johnson As New Guitar Player

by Thin Lizzy on Saturday, November 5, 2011


LOS ANGELES, CA – November, 2011

For more than forty years, Thin Lizzy has been delivering their brand of rock ‘n roll to audiences all over the world. Even with the untimely passing of legendary front man Phil Lynott twenty-five years ago, the band has continued on. Over the years, many rock luminaries have graced the ranks of Thin Lizzy including the likes of Brian Robertson, Snowy White and the late Gary Moore. Most recently, Def Leppard’s resident guitar wizard Vivian Campbell joined the band for their 2011 European tour. When Def Leppard called Vivian back to their camp, Gun’s & Roses guitarist Richard Fortus joined the boys on their European festival run this past summer. Continuing on in the tradition of top-notch performers, the members of Thin Lizzy are proud to announce that veteran guitar player Damon Johnson has joined their ranks as a permanent member.

Damon’s pedigree is impressive, having first gained notoriety with his own band, Brother Cane in the 90s. For the past 6 years, Damon has lent his skills to veteran rocker Alice Cooper, helping the master showman deliver his legendary show to fans all over the world. But when Guns & Roses called Richard Fortus back for tour dates this fall, Thin Lizzy knew there was only one man that they wanted to replace Richard’s formidable talents. “When Scott Gorham called me and asked me to play with my favorite band of all time, I didn’t even hesitate.” Becoming part of the pantheon of the band that was a major corner stone of his musical taste is a dream come true. Damon continued, “I have always loved Thin Lizzy and their music is a huge part of my life. Hell, I even named my daughter Sarah after one of their songs!” Scott Gorham adds, “Damon brings back the classic feel Thin Lizzy had when Phil was still with us. He has been kicking ass every night and asking him to join was a no brainer.”

When the metal masters Judas Priest asked Thin Lizzy to join them on their North American Epitaph tour, Damon was a natural choice to fill Richard’s spot. The chemistry with Damon has been incredible. He has fitted in so well that the band decided to ask him to join the band permanently. Singer Ricky Warwick chimes in, “Damon is a phenomenal guitar player, a great guy and a Lizzy fanatic. He was willing to commit to the band full time making this an easy choice.”

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Thin Lizzy - Photo by Robert John

Brian Howe - Emotions EP out now on iTunes and Amazon

After last years excellent album, 'Circus Bar' from Brian Howe came out through Frontiers records, it was really a case of, so when would we hear new material next?!
'Circus Bar' was a great release that deservedly received a 5/5 review here on 'Chambers of Rock' - - so when Brian told me that he was recording again, I was buzzed.

So, what Brian has done now is gone ahead and put out his own, self financed E.P., titled 'Emotions' exclusively through iTunes and Amazon.
I've not heard the full five tracks yet, but each ninety second sample on iTunes, sounds pretty good so far.
Tracklisting is:
1. I'm There
2. Stringless Kite
3. Drinking
4. Runaway Train
5. Christmas

Links to purchase are right here:

Thanks again for the music Brian, now how about a few more live dates, Detroit perhaps?!

Black Sabbath marking 'National Metal Day' on their website

VH1 Classic has been for a while now, advertising that 11-11-11 will be national metal day with a whole bunch of new and exclusive programs and special shows lined up already, including the start of a brand new series of Eddie Trunk's, 'That Metal Show.'

Well, it's seems that Black Sabbath over at their website have just gone ahead and posted the above image, which could well indicate something big is about to be announced ...

The only thing in most people's minds, that springs to mind is the much debated reunion with Ozzy, especially since Ozzy did not previously 'allow' Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinnie Appice along with the late, great Ronnie James Dio to use the Sabbath name, when they reunited in 2006.
They did manage to put out 'Black Sabbath - The Dio Years', a compilation with three new songs with Ronnie and the guys, but then when they decided to take it further for a new album 'The Devil You Know' - released in 2009. - they had to do so as 'Heaven and Hell,' the title of the first album Ronnie recorded as frontman in Black Sabbath in 1980.

Heaven and Hell also released a live album and DVD, 'Live from Radio City,' prior to the studio album.
That line up toured for the 'Dio Years' best of and 'The Devil You Know' releases, the latter being the last tour Ronnie would ever do.
Ronnie sadly passed away of course on May 16th, 2010, following a battle with stomach cancer.

So what is left? I don't see the Heaven and Hell line up doing anything else now Ronnie is gone, so really it can only mean an Ozzy reunion.
I guess we'll find out!

Band weblinks here:

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