Mikkey Dee Out, Scott Travis and Tom Hamilton In for Thin Lizzy Anniversary Shows
Earlier this year it was revealed that a number of Black Star Riders members were planning to reclaim their Thin Lizzy moniker in order to celebrate two of the legendary band's anniversaries. At the time, it was announced that Motorhead's Mikkey Dee would be sitting in on drums during the dates, but Dee has now dropped out while two other music legends have joined the bill.
In an announcement for their shows, Thin Lizzy revealed that while Dee was not going to be taking part, Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton would be joining the run. They join a lineup that includes guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, lead vocalist Ricky Warwick and keyboard player Darren Wharton.
Fans may remember that in 2012 the remaining members of Thin Lizzy decided to go under the name Black Star Riders, feeling that they wanted to record new music and evolve from what they had played while honoring the band's legacy. They opted to keep the door open for special performances as Thin Lizzy, and with the 40th anniversary of their Jailbreak album and the 30th anniversary of singer Phil Lynott's death coming this year, they decided to revive the Thin Lizzy name.
Dee says of his exit from the tour, "Unfortunately, due to circumstances that will be announced very soon, I cannot play the six shows with Thin Lizzy in 2016 & 2017. As a life long fan of the band, I truly wish I could have been a part of this, but the reason will be revealed as soon as possible. I wish my great friends Scott Travis and Ian Haugland all the best with these shows and I know they will kick ass!" Speaking of Haugland, the Europe drummer will play the Aug. 6 show in Sweden while Travis is unavailable.
Travis says of joining the run, "First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band! Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It's gonna be a blast!"
As for Hamilton, he states, "I’m really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer. It’ll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage."
The first show will take place in Loreley, Germany on June 17, with a handful of European dates in June, July and August before the band takes part in the Rock Legends V Cruise next January. Dates can be seen below and ticket information can be found at the band's website.
Thin Lizzy Anniversary Shows
6/17 -- Loreley, Germany -- Freilichtbuhne
6/18 -- Beitigheim-Bissingen, Germany -- Festplatz Am Viadukt
7/17 -- Barcelona, Spain -- Rock Fest
7/23 -- Maidstone Kent, U.K. -- Ramblin' Man Fair Festival
8/6 -- Rejmeyre, Sweden -- Skogsrojet Festival
1/19-23 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -- Rock Legends V Cruise
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