Sweden Rock TV conducted an interview with guitarist/mainman THIN LIZZY bassist Marco Mendoza at this year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, which was held June 8-11, 2011 in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
It’s almost impossible to find a modern-day hard rock/heavy metal band that doesn’t list THIN LIZZY as an influence. So the band couldn’t have picked a better time to launch an arena tour, opening for JUDAS PRIEST on the British heavy metal legends’ farewell “Epitaph” trek.
Comprised of a kick-ass line-up featuring Phil Lynott-era LIZZY members Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus, former THE ALMIGHTY singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza, THIN LIZZY is aiming to bring the house down each night.
Understandably LIZZY is looking forward to teaming up with metal legends PRIEST and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY this fall.
“One of the big perks of being a member of THIN LIZZY is that sometimes we get to share the stage with other bands that have helped to shape the music we hear today,” explains Warwick. “JUDAS PRIEST helped define a genre and I am really looking forward to seeing them on tour.”
THIN LIZZY became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970s, on the strength of the hits “Jailbreak”, “The Boys Are Back In Town”, “Dancing In The Moonlight” and “Waiting For An Alibi”, Lynott‘s poetic-yet-tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and whichever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes).
LIZZY split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. However, LIZZY‘s stature has continued to grow over the years, as their songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists, including METALLICA (“Whiskey In The Jar”), SMASHING PUMPKINS (“Dancing In The Moonlight”), BON JOVI (“The Boys Are Back In Town”), SADE (“Still In Love With You”), the FOO FIGHTERS (“Bad Reputation”), and MASTODON (“Emerald”), among other rock bands.
Gorham especially is looking forward to LIZZY‘s triumphant return to the States. “We love playing in the USA and it will be great to show the rest of the States what we are made of,” he said. “We are all fired and ready to kick some ass!”
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