For more than forty years, THIN LIZZY has been delivering its brand of rock ‘n’ roll to audiences all over the world. Even with the untimely passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott twenty-five years ago, the band has continued on. Over the years, many rock luminaries have graced the ranks of THIN LIZZY, including the likes of Brian Robertson, Snowy White and the late Gary Moore. Most recently, DEF LEPPARD‘s resident guitar wizard Vivian Campbell joined the band for their 2011 European tour. When DEF LEPPARD called Vivian back to their camp, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus joined the boys on their European festival run this past summer. Continuing on in the tradition of top-notch performers, the members of THIN LIZZY are proud to announce that veteran guitar player Damon Johnsonhas joined their ranks as a permanent member.
Damon‘s pedigree is impressive, having first gained notoriety with his own band, BROTHER CANE in the ’90s. For the past six years, Damon has lent his skills to veteran rocker Alice Cooper, helping the master showman deliver his legendary show to fans all over the world. But when GUNS N’ ROSES called Richard Fortus back for tour dates this fall, THIN LIZZY knew there was only one man that they wanted to replace Richard‘s formidable talents.
“When Scott Gorham called me and asked me to play with my favorite band of all time, I didn’t even hesitate,” Damon said. “I have always loved THIN LIZZY and their music is a huge part of my life. Hell, I even named my daughter Sarah after one of their songs!”
Added THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham, “Damon brings back the classic feel THIN LIZZY had when Phil was still with us. He has been kicking ass every night and asking him to join was a no-brainer.”
When the metal masters JUDAS PRIEST asked THIN LIZZY to join them on their North American “Epitaph” tour, Damon was a natural choice to fill Richard‘s spot. The chemistry with Damon has been incredible. He has fit in so well that the band decided to ask him to join the band permanently.
Singer Ricky Warwick chimes in: “Damon is a phenomenal guitar player, a great guy and a LIZZY fanatic. He was willing to commit to the band full time making this an easy choice.”