Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thin Lizzy singer gets ‘Chinatown’ album art tattoo

There’s commitment…and then there’s commitment.

Thin Lizzy frontman Ricky Warwick is in the process of having the artwork from the back of the band's iconic 1980 album “Chinatown” album tattooed on his chest.

"Chinatown" was the tenth studio album by the band and, besides the music itself, was notable for introducing new guitarist Snowy White (who replaced the returning/departing Gary Moore) as well as 17-year-old keyboardist Darren Wharton, who subsequently joined Thin Lizzy as a permanent member.

Ricky's tattoo is being done by Kevin Hinton of Riptide Tattoo in Marina Del Rey, California.

"Well, you may recognize the design, but you might not recognize the chest it adorns!,” said the band. “The design is Jim FitzPatrick's creation from the back cover of 'Chinatown' (1980), [and] the chest belongs to our very own Ricky Warwick! This is phase I of Ricky's newest ink and, in a few short weeks, it will be ablaze with color…stay tuned."

Warwick, formerly with UK band The Almighty, is on the road with the reunited Thin Lizzy these days, set to play a series of European shows this summer. The band’s next gig - May 28 at Slane Castle in Ireland - will be the last to feature Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell as part of the lineup; he returns to Leppard while Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses steps in as a temporary replacement.

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Thin Lizzy – Chinatown
Top Of The Pops – 1980

See also:

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Thin Lizzy: 1983 live DVD due next month
Thin Lizzy adds Guns N’ Roses guitarist
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