Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams


Thin Lizzy recruited lead guitarist extraordinaire Gary Moore to join the band on several occasions, but he only recorded one album with the Irish hard rockers, 1979’s glorious Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

Moore fit in perfectly with the band and especially as the counterpoint to long time Lizzy alum Scott Gorham on the other guitar position. Leader/lead vocalist/bass player Phil Lynott once again wrote the lion’s share of the songs, but all the members contributed, making Black Rose a solid group effort.

The title song in particular was a major work, as the band added a hard rock spin to several traditional Irish songs and inserted a handful of patented

Thin Lizzy riffs to tie it all together. Moore and Gorham got to shred all over the intense final half of the medley.

Other standout tracks included Got To Give It Up, Waiting For An Alibi, Do Anything You Want To, Get Out Of Here (with a blistering Moore solo), and the beautiful Sarah (written about Lynott’s baby daughter).

Thin Lizzy were one of the bands I never got to see live, but thankfully they left behind some really incredible albums, and Black Rose is one of the best.

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