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ravenheart
10-11-2012, 06:18 AM
Basically, they were going to do a new album, but have decided it's probably wrong to do it as Thin Lizzy, but also that to continue to tour as Thin Lizzy without a new record will probably see them fade into insignificance.

So after December they're going to stop touring, except if occasional worthwhile shows get offered, like in countries they haven't played etc.

Sounds like they're then going to record the new album they've been writing, but under a different name.

Scott Gorham: "Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into re-building the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years. Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success. We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans. We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and Thin Lizzy name credit. We believe Phil would have been proud of them. We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name Thin Lizzy. We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans. We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic Thin Lizzy sound intact. We will announce future plans early in the new year."

Ricky Warwick: "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name Thin Lizzy alive and fresh with all the band’s fans – old and new. Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past 2 years has been an incredible honor and something I will never forget. Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honor all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work. Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the Thin Lizzy brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see. Therefore our regular touring as Thin Lizzy will cease at the end of this year after our European tour. I do want to stress that this does not necessarily mean we will never play together again as Thin Lizzy. If there are options for other parts of the World, in territories that this line up has never visited then, we may still play odd shows in 2013 and beyond if people want to see us."

300%_Density
10-11-2012, 06:28 AM
That seems really odd that after all these years they just now "decided" to change their name. This seems odd and abrupt. Wonder if there is more to this or if they all just decided this recently.

ravenheart
10-11-2012, 06:35 AM
That seems really odd that after all these years they just now "decided" to change their name. This seems odd and abrupt. Wonder if there is more to this or if they all just decided this recently.

It's not that odd, because until this line-up they've never been considering a new album. That's what's prompted this.

dcmetal108
10-11-2012, 06:35 AM
That seems really odd that after all these years they just now "decided" to change their name. This seems odd and abrupt. Wonder if there is more to this or if they all just decided this recently.

They prolly got tired of people bitching about it.

I saw them headline in 2011 and they still put on a great show and played for 2 hours.

300%_Density
10-11-2012, 06:40 AM
It's not that odd, because until this line-up they've never been considering a new album. That's what's prompted this.

Yea that is true. This seems like the most serious they've been about recording an album that I can remember. Might be time I guess.

DethMaiden
10-11-2012, 06:40 AM
Glad they finally got tired of shitting on Phil Lynott's legacy. Good luck writing a song of your own after two years of paying the bills with his.

IrritatedTrout
10-11-2012, 07:05 AM
Thank god.

ravenheart
10-11-2012, 08:34 AM
I love however moans about this line-up when it's by far the most popular and successful since Phil, but ignores the two decades in between with shitty John Sykes-fronted line-ups that no one liked.

DethMaiden
10-11-2012, 09:02 AM
Fuck them, too. Duh. ;)

ravenheart
10-11-2012, 09:11 AM
Fuck them, too. Duh. ;)

:lol:

Christen
10-14-2012, 10:06 PM
Watching them open for Priest last year really did feel like watching a Thin Lizzy tribute band. Glad for the name change.

300%_Density
12-20-2012, 02:51 PM
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=183900

*Not a big fan of this name.

In October 2012, THIN LIZZY announced that they would not be recording new material under the THIN LIZZY monicker. The last incarnation of the band — Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza — would be looking to form a new project.

Step forward BLACK STAR RIDERS…

Today sees the announcement of the new band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) on drums. The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn't want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on DARE and other music and film projects.

BLACK STAR RIDERS is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH). The album will feature material the band wrote while touring as THIN LIZZY and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The BLACK STAR RIDERS record is the next step in the evolution of the THIN LIZZY story.

"We are all very excited about the music that we have created for BLACK STAR RIDERS. The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can't wait for the world to hear these songs," says Warwick.

The new, as-yet-untitled album will be released in May 2013 through Nuclear Blast — the label behind acts such as ANTHRAX, NIGHTWISH and MESHUGGAH. BLACK STAR RIDERS are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner — the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA and RUSH. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new U.S. partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

Says Conner: "As a lifelong THIN LIZZY fan, I was floored by this line-up's new material. Not only do the new songs sound like THIN LIZZY but they sound like CLASSIC THIN LIZZY. BLACK STAR RIDERS totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second."

The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new album and classic THIN LIZZY material.

anomynous
12-20-2012, 03:39 PM
The Brown Star Riders

ravenheart
12-20-2012, 03:52 PM
Oh good, something else for Kevin Shirley to make sound like crap.

IrritatedTrout
12-20-2012, 04:10 PM
Stupid name.

PVH5150
12-20-2012, 04:33 PM
Black Star Riders?

Are they making music or becoming gay porn stars?

Onioner
12-21-2012, 01:41 AM
Oh good, something else for Kevin Shirley to make sound like crap.

Yerp. Noise reduced guitars, shitty drum sounds, less than great performances, a jacked beyond all hope mix, this ain't gonna be pretty.