THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham and journalist Harry Doherty will sign copies of Gorham‘s memoir, “The Boys Are Back in Town”, at Proud Camden in London, England on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the backdrop of the photographic exhibition “Thin Lizzy: Vagabonds Of The Western World” by official band photographer Denis O’Regan.
Tickets are £16.50 and can be purchased by calling Proud Galleries on 0207 349 0822. Upon entry, you will receive a free book RRP £16.50.
“The Boys Are Back in Town” will be released on November 16 via Omnibus Press. The book was co-written with Doherty and is expected to give the inside story of the band’s days on the road.
Official description of the 160-page paperback “The Boys Are Back in Town”: “One of the defining rock groups of the 20th Century, THIN LIZZY began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of VAN MORRISON‘s band THEM, Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar). Now for the first time, their story is told by guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist Harry Doherty. The band’s story is told by the people who were involved directly including former guitarists, road crew, management, family and friends. Their origins in Dublin as a three piece with the ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ single and a string of unsuccessful but highly creative albums. The move to London to chase the dream of being a major rock band. The chaotic arrival and departures of various members, including Eric Bell (who left the band mid-concert), Irish guitarist Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and co-author Scott Gorham. How the albums ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Boys Are Back In Town’ took the band to the top of the charts just as they were to become bankrupt. Includes stories of the band on the road, the drink and drugs and how the years of partying, drug-taking and non stop touring eventually took its toll on not only the band members but on their families. The death of front man Phil Lynott and their legacy following his death.”
Scott Gorham‘s foreword to “The Boys Are Back in Town”: “When I moved to London from California back in 1974, I didn’t really have a clue what the future held for me. I just knew I wanted to get outta there, get my life in order and join a band, hopefully with my then brother-in-law, Bob C. Benberg. Well, it didn’t turn out that way, but what did arrive, just before I was due to head back to the States, was an offer to come to an audition for a band called THIN LIZZY, and I had never heard of them. But I loved their music, and teamed up with Brian Robertson for what would be a crazy, crazy rock’n’roll ride. In the years that followed, we trail blazed around the world, hardly stopping for breath. The downside was that Phil and I became involved with heavy drugs. We were big buddies and would do everything together, so it was a shock to him when one day, when I decided that I couldn’t continue with the drugs any more, and realized that the only way out was to quit the band. Phil was devastated, and continued touring for another two years. But it was something I had to do for my own sanity, my health and the well-being of my family. But I missed my buddy, and when I returned from Los Angeles having kicked the habit, I checked him out and we talked about the past and the future, maybe getting the band back together. But, man, he looked terrible. A couple of weeks later, we got the phone call that he was in hospital and then passed away. I was distraught. How could this happen? My best friend had died. Since then, along with the Thin Lizzy Trust, I have managed to gain some control of our legacy, hence the remixes and the tours we have undertaken since 1996. It’s a legacy worth protecting, and now a whole new generation knows what THIN LIZZY, and particularly the music, was all about. Harry Doherty has collaborated with me on this book. He is the man to tell the story. He has been writing about the band ever since I joined and has stayed faithful ever since.”