THIN LIZZY's GORHAM: PHIL LYNOTT Still 'Gets The Biggest Cheer Of The Night'

December 6, 2007 reports: THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham is speaking of fallen friends. "We play as if he's never gone away. Every night on stage, we introduce him as though he's still here — and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So the bastard is still overshadowing me."

A good-natured guffaw follows down the phone. He is, of course, talking about LIZZY's former front man, bass player and vocalist Phil Lynott, the charismatic black Irishman who died at just 36 after fighting a losing battle against hard drugs abuse 21 years ago.

Lynott's legend lives on in spirit — but, in reality, so does the band, and mighty fine they are, too, as anyone who witnessed the wild scenes the last time the reformed LIZZY played Liverpool University a couple of years ago will concur.

They're back again next week and Gorham, speaking midway through their current British tour, is confident that it'll be every bit as good — if not better. And, despite being the only member of the band remaining in the line-up from their classic "Jailbreak" days of the mid-'70s, he is adamant that this is still the real deal and no cash-in con job.

"It re-started with just seven shows in Japan in 1994 and then there were all these world tours which followed and we wondered what the hell happened," says the Santa Monica-born axeman who has lived in London for 23 years, but still has a Californian drawl that's as long and lazy as ever. "But there was nothing premeditated or grab-a-buck about it: the whole thing snowballed and we've been rolling with it ever since."

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