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."
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."
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'.
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 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.
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.
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.