Thin Lizzy have announced plans for a series of anniversary shows in the UK.
The band have teamed up with Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee for the gigs, the first of which will take place at Ramblin’ Man Fair, in Ashford, Kent, on July 23. Further shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
They are being held to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of former frontman Phil Lynott and the 40th anniversary of landmark album ‘Jailbreak’.
The Thin Lizzy lineup will consist of vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and Darren Wharton on keyboards and Dee on drums.
“With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album, I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it’s an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days,” Gorham explained.
“We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special. For personal reasons Brian Downey won’t be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about. We will announce who is on bass shortly”
Dee added: “It’s an honour to be asked to play with Thin Lizzy on these dates, being a life long fan I am so happy and excited to playing with the band on these shows. It’s going to be great.”
The current line-up, minus Dee, last played together two years ago. They also formed another band – Black Star Riders – in 2012.
Meanwhile, Dee recently confirmed that Motörhead will not carry on without late frontman Lemmy.