Monday, August 29, 2011

Damon Johnson leaves Alice Cooper, joins Thin Lizzy

There’s been a little rock n’ roll musical chairs in the past few days.

Guitarist Damon Johnson has left the Alice Cooper group to join Irish rockers Thin Lizzy.

Johnson update fans on the news via Facebook on Sunday.

"I love you, Alice Cooper. And Chuck, Tommy, Steve, and Glen. And Keri, Jimmy, Eric, Ryan, and Tommy C. With all my heart."

Former Brother Cane member Johnson fills the guitar slot vacated by Richard Fortus, who returns to Guns N’ Roses for the remainder of the year, as that band continues lining up a series of concerts this fall. Damon will be in place for the forthcoming US tour as Lizzy opens for Judas Priest.

"The music of Thin Lizzy is the absolute biggest influence on my entire career,”
said Johnson. “As a guitarist, songwriter, singer and performer I've been performing Lizzy songs since I started playing in bars in Alabama in 1987. To be even a small footnote on the list of great guitarists that have been in the band over the years is one of the highest accolades of my life. I am honored and beyond excited!!"

Thin Lizzy's current lineup features Phil Lynott-era Lizzy members Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as former The Almighty singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza.

Johnson’s slot in Alice Cooper’s band has reportedly been filled by Orianthi Panagaris, known for her role as Michael Jackson’s guitarist Orianthi.

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