New Thin Lizzy Record To Come Out Under A Different Band Name

Band retire Thin Lizzy name in respect to Phil Lynott.

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Thin Lizzy have been reunited without deceased front man Phil Lynott for over a decade now, and in their two most recent line-ups, have amassed considerable success on the touring circuit. However, as the band is set to release their first album of new material since the early 1980s, guitarist Scott Gorham has decided to lay the Thin Lizzy name to rest out of respect for their former lead creative force. As Blabbermouth notes, Gorham has released the following statement:

"Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years. Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success.

"We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans.

"We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and Thin Lizzy name credit. We believe Phil would have been proud of them.

"We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name Thin Lizzy.

"We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans. We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic Thin Lizzy sound intact. We will announce future plans early in the New Year."

The band will cease touring as Thin lizzy at the end of this year, after they finish their scheduled European dates.

Do you agree with the Thin Lizzy name change? Let us know in the comments section.

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    Why bring up Guns N' Roses? They never officially split up. People got replaced as the band progressed. The main person when you think of Guns is Axl Rose. The other members are obviously important with Slash having become extremely successful and Duff having not done too bad for himself either. Like everybody else I wished the old members rejoined the band after the Hall of Fame but it didn't happen. When people think of Thin Lizzy the majority think of Phil Lynott. The current line up does sound really good though and are entertaining to see live. I'm not bothered about if they stuck with the name Thin Lizzy or not but if that is the way that they want to pay respect to Phil Lynott then fair enough.
    when i think of guns n' roses i think of slash as the main person, and axl as more of a evil manager more than anything, because of the way he controlled that band.
    This was really kind of them to do. They earned some respect from me.
    Glass Prisoner
    I think that's fair enough, and maybe Guns N' Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd should do the same?
    Nero Galon
    I think with Lynyrd Skynyrd... With Johnny taking over from Ronnie in the first place, it was to carry on HIS legacy and the others that passed away many years ago. I believe their line up has a closer relationship/link to the original line up. And adding to that, they've been together known as Lynyrd Skynyrd for so many years now and it would most likely just confuse people if they were to drop it.
    Good. I saw them open for Axl and Co. back in March. They put on a great show and played really well, but it didn't feel like Thin Lizzy
    Lynyrd Skynyrd, you guys should be next to follow suit. I've heard songs from their new album, and it's a complete disgrace to have the name Lynyrd Skynyrd blazened across the front of it.
    I wish Alice In Chains had done that. I love this band to death and their new album was tasty, Du Vall's great but there's no replacing Staley.
    so what will their new band name be? Fat Jenny? lol seriously though, much respect to them.
    Why would Axl Rose drop the name? Does he want to pay respect to a (deceased) former bandmember? Don't think so, so no reason for him to do the same.
    Saw them with Judas Priest back last november, they did an amazing job and I can't wait to hear the new album.
    Accept and Deep Purple should do this too.
    Why would Accept ever do that? They currently consist of their most well known famous lineup, minus Udo who has left the band on several occasions and been replaced once before and Stefan Kaufmann who may have had health problems but certainly isn't dead.
    Yeah... no. The new Accept lineup is incredible. Saw them a couple weeks ago and they absolutely killed it. Mark does all the old songs justice. Plus, Udo never contributed to the songwriting process, it was Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes, both of whom are still in the band
    Lynn Fizzy? But seriously- a lot of respect for that. Might pick up the album when it's out; it'll be interesting to hear...
    respect for that, nice work Scott. Wish Queen did the same with Paul Rodgers, although that was a bad album either way!
    Meh, $10 says it wasn't their choice. The fact that they won't tour as TL reinforces it.