Thin Lizzy is regrouping for a series of anniversary shows this year.
The final lineup of the legendary Irish band changed their name to Black Star Riders in 2012, and while that group is working on their third album, the members will be joined by Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee for a few select concerts in 2016 and early 2017.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Thin Lizzy's 1976 release, “Jailbreak”, and 30 years since the passing of founder Phil Lynott.
“With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album,” explains guitarist Scott Gorham, “I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it's an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days. We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special.
"For personal reasons, Brian Downey won’t be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about. We will announce who is on bass shortly."
“It's an honor to be asked to play with Thin Lizzy on these dates,” says Dee. “Being a lifelong fan I am so happy and excited to playing with the band on these shows. It's going to be great!"
Thin Lizzy have announced two dates of the anniversary run so far, including a July 23 performance at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and a January 2017 appearance on the Rock Legends Cruise V.
Black Star Riders will spend time this year working on the follow-up to 2015’s “The Killer Instinct.”
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