Thin Lizzy began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of Van Morrison's band 'Them', Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar).
'Thin Lizzy' was released in 1971 on Decca. During 1972 they toured Europe, but it was only really back in Ireland that their tours provided the funds to keep the band going.
Later that year, Slade went on tour and Thin Lizzy were booked as their support. Decca released a record to coincide with this tour, and chose Lizzy's unique rock version of a traditional Irish folk song: "Whiskey In The Jar".
"Vagabonds Of The Western World" was released in the autumn of 1973 described as ‘mystical Celtic meets hard hitting rock’.
A newly formed line-up signed with Phonogram releasing "Jailbreak" in 1976 and the single "The Boys Are Back In Town" both massive international hits.
"Bad Reputation" was released in September of 1977 and stormed to number 4 in the UK charts. Coming as it did on the back of "Jailbreak" and "Johnny The Fox", this cemented the band's position as one of the most successful rock bands of the time.
Thin Lizzy embarked on a US tour in the autumn of 1977 .The track 'Still In Love With You' is considered by many to be a highlight of Phil's career.
Thin Lizzy's 'final' UK show was on 28th August 1983 at the Reading Festival. Their farewell concert came on 4th September that year at the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Nuremburg, Germany.
Phil Lynott died of drug related problems in 1986 aged 36.
The band have continued to perform with a replacment lead singer.
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