Thin Lizzy will perform in Mackay in March with Kiss and Motley Crue.
Thin Lizzy will perform in Mackay in March with Kiss and Motley Crue. McManus Entertainment

Thin Lizzy set to rock Mackay

LIKE their lyrics say "Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away".

The boys of Thin Lizzy are heading to our town.

Irish band Thin Lizzy will head to Mackay on March 16 with Kiss and Motley Crue at Virgin Australia Stadium.

The Dublin band exploded on to the scene with a fresh sound, look and attitude.

Lead by the incomparable Phil Lynott the band reached many peaks and influenced generations of musicians with classic tracks such as Jailbreak, The Boys are back in Town, Cold Sweat, Emerald and Don't Believe A Word.

Most rock historians would agree the pinnacle of their commercial success was in 1983, followed by their premature demise, as they played their last gig in September of 1984.

Just two years later singer and bassist and founding member Phil Lynott passed away at the age of 36.

Twenty-six years have passed, the world has changed, but the amazing body of work that is Thin Lizzy still retains all of its vibrancy and influence.

A new line-up has formed to take Thin Lizzy to a new generation of fans led by the alumni Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton, who played with Phil Lynott.

The line-up is completed with guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Copper, Brother Cane), Bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake) and The Almighty's Ricky Warwick on vocals and guitar.

Speaking with Warwick, being the lead singer of a rock band such as Thin Lizzy is the "coolest gig".

"The legacy of Thin Lizzy is bigger than ever.

"Growing up in Belfast I worshipped them, I really won the musical lottery and it has been a wonderful experience."

The last time that Warwick was in Australia was when he was touring with his old band The Almighty.

"It will be amazing ( the tour) I was in Australia about 20 years ago with The Almighty when we toured with the Screaming Jets, we went to areas in country NSW like Broken Hill and I had the best time, but I never got to Mackay."

Warwick said the band in recent times had played with Guns and Roses, and ZZ top at many festivals, but said he was looking forward to playing with Kiss and Motley Crue.

It was a phone call from Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy that changed Warwick's music career.

He said Gorham and him had been friends for years when Gorham told him they were putting the band back together.

"I said yes before the words came out of my mouth." he said.

While he was excited to be thought of to fill the shoes of the legendary Phil Lynott, he felt the pressure to deliver in honour of Thin Lizzy.

"Phil is such a legend and when Scott told me I was the guy to do it, he believed in me.

"I am still nervous; Phil's shoes can not be filled. I try to sing the songs best I can and give one hell of a performance.

"I try not mimicking Phil but vocally he had influenced me and in some ways I have started to sound like him - it is a balancing act."

Warwick grew up on a farm and left school at the age of 14 and said music changed his life.

"I sacrificed a lot and wrote a lot of songs, I was never a naturally gifted musician, it was just lucky that the hard work paid off," he said.

Warwick was to be a farmer on his family's chicken farm, where they had thousands of chooks.

"I grew up in the height of The Troubles and it was a strange time and Thin Lizzy was something I could relate to. ACDC also changed me.

He said it was a gift to do what you love for a living and pay his bills every month.

"I miss my children and wife that is the toughest part - but we have a nice life.

"There is nothing worse then a whinging musician, I say try digging a ditch or be a chicken farmer that is hard.



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