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Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969 and currently consists of Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton, Marco Mendoza, Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson.
Thin Lizzy are one of Ireland's most successful hard rock bands of all time. They enjoyed success on both side's of the Atlantic during their prime with albums such as 'Bad Reputation' and 'Chinatown'. They also have a huge selection of international hit singles, 'Whiskey In A Jar' remains their UK peak at #6, it was a number one in Native Ireland. Their most successful US single is 'The Boys Are Back In Town' which peaked at #12 upon its release in 1976, it was another number one in Ireland. The band were consistently successful on the UK album chart between their first release in 1971 and the final twelve years later. The band disbanded in 1983 due to poor commercial success and difficult touring commitments. Their final show was at Reading Festival in August 1983.
Original founding member Phil Lynott passed away in 1986. It wasn't until 1996 when John Sykes decided to revive Thin Lizzy as a tribute to Phil Lynott's life and work and took over the role of lead vocalist. The band continued to tour and appear at festivals yet they did not record any original material, instead compiling their discography into numerous repackages such as 'Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy' which entered the top 10 of the UK charts in 1991 and 'Greatest Hits' which peaked at #3 in 2004.
The band has left a legacy to the rock and metal industry, with modern contemporaries such as Metallica, Alice in Chains and Mastodon all naming Thin Lizzy as influencers on their sound.