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Thursday 24 July 2014

The first Thin Lizzy memoir'

Published 11/08/2012|05:00

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He will be the first member of Thin Lizzy to go public.

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Fans of the late Phil Lynott will be interested in the forthcoming memoirs of band guitarist Scott Gorham, due out this November.

Named after their biggest hit The Boys Are Back In Town, the book, co-written with journalist Harry Doherty, is expected to give the inside story of the band's days on the road.

More interesting will be hearing from Scott, now 61, how the other members of Thin Lizzy lent a hand coming up with the tunes.

"Songwriting in Thin Lizzy was always a collaborative thing. Phil wrote a lot of our biggest hits but other members contributed to his songs. Everybody was included in the writing.

"Even when Phil did his solo albums, he still wanted the members of Thin Lizzy playing and contributing to his songs," Scott told me.

Although Phil passed away in 1986, the reformed Thin Lizzy are working on their first studio album since Thunder & Lightning came out in 1983.

Asked what Phil would say about Thin Lizzy recording a new record without him, Scott said the rocker would be in favour. "I think Phil would be right behind the idea of a new Thin Lizzy album. Given the choice, Phil would want to keep the Thin Lizzy name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.

"You know, we still feel he is with us. That's why at every gig we introduce Phil as though he's still here -- and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So he's still overshadowing me."

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