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Dublin, Ireland (1969 – 1983, 1996 – present)

Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. The band were led throughout their recording career by bassist, songwriter and singer Phil Lynott, and are best known for their songs Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town, all major international hits still played regularly on and radio stations. After Lynott died, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years culminating in a more stable line-up based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes. Sykes left the band in June 2009.

Thin Lizzy’s leader, Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all their songs. He was also one of the few black men to achieve significant success in hard rock. As well as being multiracial, the band drew its members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including , , music and traditional music, but is generally classified as or .

Critic for allmusic John Dougan wrote: “As the band’s creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition.” Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.


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  • TallicLizzy

    Great fucking band.

    11 hours ago Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Thin Lizzy

    25 Aug 9:14am Reply
  • dxvolt

    In my top 5 favorite bands. easy easy

    24 Aug 1:19am Reply
  • ACDC_

    Happy Birthday Philo

    20 Aug 7:52am Reply
  • naturefirst

    Saw last week the Black Star Riders live Thin Lizzy are back

    4 Aug 2:22pm Reply
  • ryliegsucks

    Such a good band!

    16 Jul 8:59pm Reply
  • Lyrici17

    If it wasn't for Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy would be my favorite "rock" band. I guess it's all about the bassist song-writers. Criminally under-known.

    15 Jun 5:01pm Reply
  • Emannikcufesin

    Massacre and Emerald are my favorite Thin Lizzy tracks. Good stuff.

    3 Jun 2:54am Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Is Thunder and Lightning anyone else's favorite album? It's pretty cheesy, but those songs stay stuck in my head.

    25 May 10:54pm Reply
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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    демократичный хард-рок для простонародья, но при этом симпатичный и не быдляцкий, как у ac/dc с зеппами смешно сравнивать, конечно, но свое место эта группа в истории рока занимает по достоинству

    22 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • LeavinHere

    Wish I could have seen the final tour to show my appreciation, never betted, RIP Philo

    1 Feb 11:09pm Reply
  • cyclonnl

    They shouldn't be compared to one another, because they are totally different.

    30 Jan 11:14am Reply
  • LeavinHere

    "Better than" means nothing, I love both Lizzy and Led Zep. LZ almost certainly more technically proficient yes but if I could only listen to one it would be Lizzy all the way....

    23 Jan 2:07pm Reply
  • JoeyThrasher

    You will always be remembered Philo!!! :( RIP

    4 Jan 5:46am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    R.I.P Phil Lynott.

    4 Jan 4:39am Reply
  • naturefirst

    Like bands without Disco ambitions in his compositions, the true Boys Are Back in Town !! Great band ever !

    3 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • wildroses07

    Oh yeah compare 2 completely different bands and feel like an expert, I love shoutboxes <3

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • brendavbraga

    better than led zeppelin????????????? wtf!! pau no seus cú

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Not interested in this whole Zeppelin thing. I just fucking adore Thin Lizzy.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
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