700 unreleased Thin Lizzy songs discovered

Some of the songs will appear on a forthcoming boxset release

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A collection of almost 700 unreleased songs by 1970s rockers Thin Lizzy has recently been unearthed.

The songs were on 150 tapes which were given by the band's former frontman Phil Lynott to a friend before he passed away at the age of 36 in 1986.

The tapes have now been passed on to Universal Music reports Music News, and there are now plans to release some of them in a box set.

As well as previously unreleased songs, the tapes also contain alternative versions of classic Thin Lizzy tracks. The songs span the band's formation in 1971 until the release of 'Renegade' in 1981.

Scott Gorham and Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy will be choosing which songs will appear on the eventual release and will also make a decision on the artwork.

Thin Lizzy are currently preparing for their comeback tour. The legendary rockers, who now feature singer Ricky Warwick, former frontman of The Almighty, will play 12 dates in January and February.

The tour begins at Glasgow's Barrowlands on January 19 and runs until February 4, when the band headline London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Support on all dates will come from US metallers Clutch.

The band, who have not released a studio album since 1983's 'Thunder And Lightning', indicated in 2011 that they are considering recording new material together. Were this to happen, it would mark the first new music the band had released since the death of Phil Lynott.

To check the availability of Thin Lizzy tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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