Thin Lizzy European Tour Cancelled

Thin Lizzy has cancelled its previously announced fall European tour dates.

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Thin Lizzy has cancelled its previously announced fall European tour dates. No reason was given for the cancellation.

In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, Thin Lizzy guitarist/vocalist John Sykes stated about the band's decision to reunite in 1994, almost a decade after Lynott's death:

"I was playing in Japan a lot; I had a pretty thriving career over in Japan doing a lot there. Doing lot of press and stuff, they'd keep asking me 'Do you think there's any chance Thin Lizzy will get back together?' and I'd say 'Are you crazy? How the fuck is Thin Lizzy going to get back together?' so I just kind of shunned it and thought it was just silly and ridiculous. This went on for a couple of years, they'd just keep asking. Finally I recorded a live Blue Murder record and I think I did a couple Thin Lizzy songs, 'Cold Sweat' or something.

"They'd ask me again and I was like, 'You know what, I'll ask Scott [Gorham] about it,', because they just kept asking. So I called Scott one day told that Japanese promoters and press wanted us to go and get together and do like a reunion and asked what he thought about it and he was like, 'I don't know, let me call Brian Downey and I'll ask him.' And much to everyone's surprise, Brian said, 'Yeah, okay, let's think about it. Let's try it, let's get into rehearsal and see.' So that was the beginning. Then we got into rehearsals and then we did the shows, everything went kind of well, the shows were received very well and that was kind of the spark that started the whole thing.

"We realized that Phillip's songs were timeless and classic and the funny thing is we have three generations of people from young kids coming to the shows and they love the music, it spans generations. I love Scott, I have a great time with him, we get on really well and I thought, 'Let's just go out and have some fun, go play these songs, just do it the best we can and see what happens.' We kinda just did that and kept asked to do more things."

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Icarus Lives
    I know the "It's nothing without Phill" comments have already started, but I saw these guys 10 months ago and I tell you: They Rock Hard! Think of them as a glorifed tribute band if you like, but know that they are REALLY awesome. I'm gonna put a review I wrote of the gig in my blog in a few minutes.
    80'smetaladdict
    holy crap i had know idea these guys tour i didnt even know that they were still together lol i need to get with the time lol.
    Reddaz
    gary moores been solo for years, but he has done the odd show with the new lizzy line up. most be hard for the session bass player to fill phil's shoes
    -ryan3189-
    black rose = best thin lizzy song of all time perhaps the best song of all time
    Cobalt Blue
    Icarus Lives wrote: aaciseric wrote: It would be weird without Phil but still cool. Btw (it's obvious i'm not up to date with my Thin Lizzy history) wasn't Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy for some point? Why isn't he involved in this? Gary has his own band with Brian Downey now. Tommy Aldridge (who also played with Phill) is currently drumming in the reformed Thin Lizzy.
    plus I think Gary only played on Black Rose didn't he? I saw Thin Lizzy open for Deep Purple twice. it was terrible... but that might just be bad mixing it seemed like they were playing just fine... Thin lizzy should tour with Alice in Chains, the got a new singer tour *rim shot*
    Icarus Lives
    aaciseric wrote: It would be weird without Phil but still cool. Btw (it's obvious i'm not up to date with my Thin Lizzy history) wasn't Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy for some point? Why isn't he involved in this?
    Gary has his own band with Brian Downey now. Tommy Aldridge (who also played with Phill) is currently drumming in the reformed Thin Lizzy.
    fattypumbaa
    I'm wearin my Thin Lizzy shirt right now. As for this Lynottless Thin Lizzy. I think it's pretty ridiculous to have a reunion for a band that only had one constant member after that one constant member has passed away. It'd be like a Sabbath reunion without Tony Iommi.
    AidanTDR
    thats a shame regarding the cancellation. im sure their reason is genuine... but yeah, most of that article had nothing to do with the headline whatsoever.
    aaciseric
    It would be weird without Phil but still cool. Btw (it's obvious i'm not up to date with my Thin Lizzy history) wasn't Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy for some point? Why isn't he involved in this?
    zalant
    He kind of crapped on Brian Downey in the statements he made. First, he said that everyone was surprised that he was into the reunion. Then he goes on to state how he loves Scott and has a great time with him, but doesn't mention how he feels about Brian or playing with him. I dunno. Just seems a bit un-diplomatic,if you ask me. Something more like, "I love these guys and have a great time with them", might go over better.