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Warriors - Over the years Thin Lizzy
employed some of rocks finest guitarists, bar none

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Eric Bell
Belfast-born, Bell had played for a spell in local heroes, Them. Big break came with Dublin dance hall faves John Farrell and The Dreams, (whose 'I Will See You There' was an Irish Top Ten hit in 1967). Saved enough money to form his own band."I wanted a three-piece, like Hendrix and Cream." Enter Lynott and Downey. Bell came up with name from old Dandy comic robot character called Tin Lizzie - the 'Mechanical Maid." But made a disastrous exit at the end of '73."l just had to get away from the whole scene or I might have ended up another casualty."

Brian Robertson
Spent eight years learning classical piano, then formed his first rock band, Rue Morgue, with brother Glen, when he was 13. Joining Lizzy in '74, the relationship between Phil and Robbo was never less than tempestuous. "l was a fiery little bastard and always challenging him. I think he just got worn down by it in the end." Formed his own band,Wild Horses, in 1978.Then joined Motorhead, in 1982, recording the unfairly underrated 'Another Perfect Day' album. Soon fell out with Lemmy and has spent the last few years drifting around "trying to get my own thing together."

Gary Moore
From Belfast, met Phil in Skid Row and joined Thin Lizzy after Bell quit.Then quit himself, in favour of the less "hectic" Colosseum II (though not before helping Lizzy write and record the original 'Still In Love With You'). Got his own Gary Moore Band together but returned to Lizzy for the 'Black Rose' album. Left again, but not before Phil had lent his vocals to Moore's biggest hit, 'Parisienne Walkways'. Later reinvented himself as a besuited bluesman in the Clapton style and has just released an album of techno-conscious dance rock called 'A Different Beat'.

Scott Gorham
Had come to England in 1974 hoping to audition for Supertramp (drummer Ben C. Benberg was his brother-in-law). Before that had been a shelf-stacker at a record warehouse in California. Had started his own pub band called Fast Buck when he got the gig in Lizzy, going from 12-a-week to 30. Phil's most reliable musical partner throughout his life, he spent nearly a decade "doing
absolutely nothing" after Lizzy split. Returned briefly with 21 Guns, in '92, and has just completed an album of reworked Lizzy covers with Darren Wharton.

John Sykes
John Sykes Young, flash, stroppy, the addition of the former Streetfighter/ Tygers Of Pan Tang guitarist underlined the folly of Lizzy's Snowy White and Gary Moore eras. As it turned out, Sykes only got one shot at it but, boy, did he make it count, and 'Thunder And Lightning', in 1983, was Lizzy's best since their 'Jailbreak' heyday. No coincidence that when he then joined Whitesnake, they had the biggest- and best - album of their career with '1987'. A surprise when his own band, Blue Murder, failed to match both the quality and the success of either. Sykes now handles lead vocals on the post-Lynott Thin Lizzy tours which take place from time to time.

Midge Ure
Had originally shot to fame in Scottish one-hit-wonders, Slick ('Forever And Ever', Number One in 1975). Had followed that with a spell in former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock's band, Rich Kids. Had recently joined a rejuvenated Ultravox (with whom he would write anc sing,'Vienna', Number Two in 1982) when he filled in for Moore in 1979.Would later help write 'Yellow Pearl', the Lynott solo track which became the theme tune to Top Of The Pops. By the time he co-authored 'Do They Know It's Christmas'with Bob Geldof, in '84, the Lizzy connection was conveniently forgotten.

Snowy White
Terence Charles 'Snowy' White was already a seasoned sessionman when Phil and Scott first met him backstage at Madison Square Gardens in 1977, where he was appearing as a side-stage guitarist on Pink Floyd's 'Animals' tour. Snowy had earlier played with artists as diverse as Al Stewart, Peter Green, and Cliff Richard, and was the surprise long-term replacement for Moore. His
supposed lack of charisma was unfairly blamed for the disappointing sales of the 'Chinatown' and 'Renegade' albums. Returned to sessions in August '82 and after scoring a big hit with 'Bird Of Paradise' now fronts own blues-based band.

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