Written By Braddon S. Williams

THIN LIZZIE: BLACK ROSE

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.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Like many people of my generation I discovered Thin Lizzy by hearing The Boys Are Back In Town on the radio. Hearing ‘Live And Dangerous’ when it was released in 1978 opened up the realization that they were a sensational live band. Phil Lynott was a great vocalist, an above average bass player, a charming performer, and a gifted writer of lyrics and great melodic hard rock. Add in the twin lead guitar tag team of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham and hard hitting Brian Downey on drums, and you have one of the best live albums of the decade, hell…any decade! The brilliant segue of Cowboy Song into The Boys Are Back was a genius move. Emerald was glorious, and Still In Love With You is simply magnificent. One of my biggest regrets in my concert going career is my failure to ever see this band in concert.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind