Thin Lizzy Add GN' R Guitarist

Richard Fortus of Guns N' Roses will replace Vivian Campbell on guitar after Thin Lizzy's May 28 concert at Slaine Castle, Ireland.

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The revolving door that is Thin Lizzy continues to turn, although this change was expected.

Vivian Campbell has almost completed his temp duties with Lizzy, as the guitarist gets set to return to Def Leppard for their tour.

Campbell updated fans on his replacement via Facebook, following Lizzy's April 1 show in Chicago. "Well, that was it: my last U.S. show with Lizzy - and it was a great one to end on. New guitarist Richard Fortus came and played a couple of songs. I have one final gig with them in Ireland, and the very next day we start Def Lep rehearsals."

Fortus, of Guns N' Roses, will take over for Campbell after Lizzy's May 28 concert at Slaine Castle, Ireland.

Thin Lizzy's current reincarnation includes original-era members Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton, along with Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and ex-The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick.

In a recent interview with, Campbell was asked if he would like to be a part of future Thin Lizzy tours, should he be available. "Absolutely!", said Vivian. "However, I continue to be fully committed to Def Leppard, and we're going to be on the road from June of this year, so Lizzy [will be using] a replacement for me for their continuing summer dates. They have very kindly offered me the opportunity to come back when my schedule with Def Leppard opens up, and you can bet that I'll be there in a heartbeat!"

Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott was a powerhouse rock band. Now, fans will get to experience some of that heaviness with the May 10 release of Thin Lizzy's "Legends In Concert: Thunder & Lightning Tour DVD".

For Lynott and Lizzy, this DVD captures the 2nd last performance in Ireland of the 1983 Thunder And Lightning tour.

To help add some context to the proceedings, former band members Eric Bell and Brian Robertson, along with producer Nick Tauber, relate their special memories of Phil Lynott, the iconic driving force behind one of rock's greatest live bands. Football legend George Best contributes his own recollections of Thin Lizzy.

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    1) So they got a replacement for their replacement? 2) Does this mean Richard Fortus isn't in GNR anymore, or is he just temporary, too? 3) Vivian Campbell is wasting his talent.
    these guns n roses filling musicians are just looking for more and more money. That's discusting.
    jimmydvn wrote: Awh damn I thought for a moment it would be Izzy...
    I was hoping for that too. Now I'm hoping Fortus will move out of GNR and GNR will get Izzy again.
    Primus12 wrote: World most high profile cover band.
    GN'R or Thin Lizzy? I opened this and expected to see mention of Izzy Stradlin' or even Gilby Clarke...
    Fortus is such an incredible musician, I hope he doesn't leave Gn'R for good. Saw him live twice and he blew me away both times.
    I've always be impressed by Richard Fortus, he's a great guitarist and I'm sure he wasn't picked due to him being an Izzy clone.
    Slap-happy wrote: Primus12 wrote: World most high profile cover band.GN'R or Thin Lizzy? I opened this and expected to see mention of Izzy Stradlin' or even Gilby Clarke...
    Both haha Shared ass-hat title
    I saw them live in Amsterdam. This is what i found: Vivian belongs in a girl rock band like leppard. Marco is obviously not inspired by the current line up.This guy can do SO much better! Ricky is absolutely lacking any of the style, and most certainly the voice, that Phil had. Ok, they played all the songs, but i have seen better "cover bands" (Like "PARRIS" from Holland).