Omnibus Press has set a November 16 release date for THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham‘s memoir, “The Boys Are Back in Town”. The book was co-written with journalist Harry 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.”
THIN LIZZY recently entered the studio to begin recording its first new album in nearly 30 years for a tentative 2013 release. It will be the group’s first studio set since “Thunder And Lightning” in 1983, and its first to not include Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.
Asked what Phil would say about THIN LIZZY recording a new record without him, Scott told Independent.ie, “I think Phil would be right behind the idea of a new THIN LIZZY album. Given the choice, Phil would want to keep the THIN LIZZY name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.
“You know, we still feel he is with us. That’s why at every gig we introduce Phil as though he’s still here — and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So he’s still overshadowing me.”
Gorham said, “Songwriting in THIN LIZZY was always a collaborative thing. Phil wrote a lot of our biggest hits but other members contributed to his songs. Everybody was included in the writing.
“Even when Phil did his solo albums, he still wanted the members of THIN LIZZY playing and contributing to his songs.”