Monday, April 4, 2011

Thin Lizzy adds Guns N’ Roses guitarist

The revolving door that is Thin Lizzy continues to turn, although this change was expected.

Vivian Campbell has almost completed his temp duties with Lizzy, as the guitarist gets set to return to Def Leppard for their tour.

Campbell updated fans on his replacement via Facebook, following Lizzy’s April 1 show in Chicago. "Well, that was it: my last U.S. show with Lizzy — and it was a great one to end on. New guitarist Richard Fortus came and played a couple of songs. I have one final gig with them in Ireland, and the very next day we start Def Lep rehearsals."

Fortus, of Guns N' Roses, will take over for Campbell after Lizzy's May 28 concert at Slaine Castle, Ireland.

Thin Lizzy's current reincarnation includes original-era members Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton, along with Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and ex-The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick.

In a recent interview with Gibson.com, Campbell was asked if he would like to be a part of future Thin Lizzy tours, should he be available. "Absolutely!,” said Vivian. “However, I continue to be fully committed to Def Leppard, and we're going to be on the road from June of this year, so Lizzy [will be using] a replacement for me for their continuing summer dates. They have very kindly offered me the opportunity to come back when my schedule with Def Leppard opens up, and you can bet that I'll be there in a heartbeat!"

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Thin Lizzy – Sha-La-La
With Richard Fortus on guitar
Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL – April 1, 2011


See also:

VIDEO: Thin Lizzy rock Irish TV
Thin Lizzy book, 4-DVD package due March 28
Def Leppard announce Irish dates with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy