List of Thin Lizzy members

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Three lineups of Thin Lizzy performing in 1978 (top), 1983 and 2008 (bottom).

Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band from Dublin. Formed in December 1969, the group was originally a four-piece made up of former members of two bands: guitarist Eric Bell and keyboardist Eric Wrixon from Them, and bassist and vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey from Orphanage.[1] Wrixon performed on the band's debut single "The Farmer", but left before it was released in July 1970.[2] Bell left the band after a concert on New Year's Eve 1973, later citing "ill-health caused by the band's lifestyle" as the reason for his departure.[3] The guitarist was replaced by Gary Moore, although he would only remain with the band for a matter of months.[4] Andy Gee and John Du Cann took over for a tour in May, before Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham were enlisted later in the year as Bell's first full-time replacements.[5]

The lineup of Lynott, Gorham, Robertson and Downey released five studio albums and one live album, all but two of which reached the top ten of the UK Albums Chart,[6] before Robertson left in 1978 and was replaced by the returning Moore.[7] Downey also briefly took a break from Thin Lizzy around the same time, with Mark Nauseef replacing him for a tour in late 1978.[8] Moore left again in July 1979,[9] and was temporarily replaced by Midge Ure.[10] Dave Flett was brought in for a Japanese tour later in the year, as Ure moved over to keyboards, and in early 1980 Snowy White took Flett's place on a more permanent basis.[11] Darren Wharton replaced Ure in April, initially as a touring member.[12] White was replaced by John Sykes in September 1982, who featured on their last studio album Thunder and Lightning.[13] Thin Lizzy broke up in 1983, with their final performance taking place on 4 September on the German Monsters of Rock Tour; Lynott later died of heart failure and pneumonia on 4 January 1986.[14]

Thin Lizzy reformed in 1996, with Sykes taking over lead vocals and Marco Mendoza joining on bass, alongside returning members Gorham, Wharton and Downey.[15] Tommy Aldridge replaced Downey in 1998, and Wharton left in 2001 to focus on his own band Dare.[16] Mendoza and Aldridge left in 2003 to join Whitesnake,[17] with their places taken by Guy Pratt and Michael Lee, respectively.[18] Pratt was replaced later in the year by Randy Gregg.[19][20][21] Mendoza had returned to the band by early 2005,[22] as had Aldridge by early 2007.[23] Mendoza was replaced by Francesco DiCosmo later in 2007.[24] After more touring, Sykes departed Thin Lizzy in mid-2009, with DiCosmo and Aldridge leaving at the same time; speaking about the future of the band, Gorham claimed that "we will be back up to full speed soon".[25]

Gorham reformed Thin Lizzy in 2010 with former members Mendoza, Downey and Wharton, in addition to new guitarist Vivian Campbell and lead vocalist Ricky Warwick.[26] Campbell was replaced by Richard Fortus after returning to Def Leppard in mid-2011,[27] before Damon Johnson became his permanent replacement later in the year.[28] The band was put on hiatus in December 2012, when all members formed Black Star Riders,[29] before returning in 2016 with Mikkey Dee on drums.[30] Dee was replaced three months later by Judas Priest's Scott Travis, as Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton also replaced Mendoza.[31]

Original tenure (1969–1983)[edit]

Official members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Phil Lynott 1969–1983
Brian Downey by Alec MacKellaig 2011.jpg
Brian Downey all Thin Lizzy releases except The Boys Are Back in Town (1997) and One Night Only (2000)
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Eric Bell 1969–1973
Eric Wrixon 1969–1970
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
"The Farmer" (1970)
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Gary Moore
  • 1973–1974
  • 1977
  • 1978–1979
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
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Scott Gorham 1974–1983 all Thin Lizzy releases from Nightlife (1974) onwards
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Brian Robertson 1974–1978
  • all Thin Lizzy releases from Nightlife (1974) to Live and Dangerous (1978)
  • Life (1983) – two tracks
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Snowy White 1980–1982
Darren Wharton.jpg
Darren Wharton 1980–1983
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
John Sykes Vauhtiajot 2008.jpg
John Sykes 1982–1983
  • guitar
  • backing vocals

Touring members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Andy Gee 1974
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
none
John Du Cann
Mark Nauseef 1978–1979
  • percussion
  • drums
The Boys Are Back in Town (1997)
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Midge Ure 1979–1980
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • guitar (1979)
The Continuing Saga of the Ageing Orphans – two tracks
Dave Flett 1979
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
none

Timeline[edit]

Recent years (1996–present)[edit]

Current members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Black Star Riders – Wacken Open Air 2014 06.jpg
Scott Gorham 1996–present
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Thin Lizzy releases from Nightlife (1974) onwards
Darren Wharton.jpg
Darren Wharton
  • 1996–2001
  • 2010–present
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • all Thin Lizzy releases from Chinatown (1980) to BBC Radio One Live in Concert (1992)
  • One Night Only (2000)
  • all Thin Lizzy releases from Live in London 2011: 22.01.2011 (2011) onwards
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Ricky Warwick 2010–present
  • lead vocals
  • guitar
all Thin Lizzy releases from Live in London 2011: 22.01.2011 (2011) onwards
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Damon Johnson 2011–present
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Thin Lizzy Live 2012 releases (2012–2013)
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Tom Hamilton 2016–present bass none as yet
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Scott Travis
  • drums
  • percussion

Former members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Brian Downey by Alec MacKellaig 2011.jpg
Brian Downey
  • 1996–1998
  • 2010–2016
  • drums
  • percussion
all Thin Lizzy releases except The Boys Are Back in Town (1997) and One Night Only (2000)
John Sykes Vauhtiajot 2008.jpg
John Sykes 1996–2009
  • lead vocals
  • guitar
  • Thunder and Lightning (1983)
  • Life (1983)
  • BBC Radio One Live in Concert (1992)
  • One Night Only (2000)
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Marco Mendoza
  • 1996–2003
  • 2005–2007
  • 2010–2016
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • One Night Only (2000)
  • all Thin Lizzy releases from Live in London 2011: 22.01.2011 (2011) onwards
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Tommy Aldridge
  • 1998–2003
  • 2007–2009
  • drums
  • percussion
One Night Only (2000)
Michael Lee 2003–2007 none
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Guy Pratt 2003
  • bass
  • backing vocals
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Randy Gregg 2003–2005
Francesco DiCosmo 2007–2009
Vivian Campbell with Thin Lizzy by Alec MacKellaig.jpg
Vivian Campbell 2010–2011
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Live in London 2011: 22.01.2011 and 23.01.2011 (2011)
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Richard Fortus 2011 High Voltage Recorded Live: July 23rd 2011 (2011)
Mikkey Dee (PK) – Wacken Open Air 2015 02.jpg
Mikkey Dee 2016
  • drums
  • percussion
none

Timeline[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hudson, Alex (15 July 2015). "R.I.P. Thin Lizzy/Them Founder Eric Wrixon". Exclaim!. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
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  4. ^ Wall, Mick (10 September 2014). "How The Blues Saved Gary Moore". Classic Rock. TeamRock. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Byrne 2015, p. 59
  6. ^ "Thin Lizzy Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  7. ^ O'Neill, Christina (6 June 2016). "Damon Johnson praises former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson". Classic Rock. TeamRock. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Prato, Greg. "Brian Downey: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Perrone, Pierre (8 February 2011). "Gary Moore: Virtuoso guitarist who had his biggest hits with Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Leonard, Michael (30 January 2012). "The Boys are Back: Thin Lizzy's Great Guitarists". Gibson. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Doherty & Gorham 2012, pp. 264–270
  12. ^ Byrne 2015, pp. 168–169
  13. ^ Thomson 2016, p. 212
  14. ^ Swanson, Dave (September 4, 2015). "The Story of Phil Lynott's Final Thin Lizzy Show". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  15. ^ Doherty & Gorham 2012, p. 337
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  21. ^ Iozzia, David. "An Interview with Randy Gregg". Dave's On Tour. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
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  27. ^ "Thin Lizzy Recruits Guns N' Roses Guitarist For Upcoming Tour". Blabbermouth.net. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  28. ^ "Thin Lizzy Names Damon Johnson Permanent Member". Blabbermouth.net. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  29. ^ "It's Official: Thin Lizzy Members Launch Black Star Riders". Blabbermouth.net. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  30. ^ "Reactivated Thin Lizzy Taps Motörhead's Mikkey Dee, Announces Tour Dates". Blabbermouth.net. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  31. ^ "Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, Judas Priest's Scott Travis Join Thin Lizzy's Touring Lineup". Blabbermouth.net. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 

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