THIN LIZZY has recruited guitarist Damon Johnson (ALICE COOPER, BROTHER CANE) to replace Richard Fortus on the band's forthcoming U.S. tour with JUDAS PRIEST. Fortus will be on the road with GUNS N' ROSES for the remainder of the year.
Upon his appointment with THIN LIZZY, Damon said, "The music of THIN LIZZY is the absolute biggest influence on my entire career; as a guitarist, songwriter, singer and performer I've been performing LIZZY songs since I started playing in bars in Alabama in 1987. To be even a small footnote on the list of great guitarists that have been in the band over the years is one of the highest accolades of my life. I am honored and beyond excited!!"
THIN LIZZY's current lineup features Phil Lynott-era LIZZY members Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as former THE ALMIGHTY singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza.
THIN LIZZY became one of rock's top bands during the 1970s, on the strength of the hits "Jailbreak", "The Boys Are Back In Town", "Dancing In The Moonlight" and "Waiting For An Alibi", Lynott's poetic-yet-tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and whichever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes).
LIZZY split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. However, LIZZY's stature has continued to grow over the years, as their songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists, including METALLICA ("Whiskey In The Jar"), SMASHING PUMPKINS ("Dancing In The Moonlight"), BON JOVI ("The Boys Are Back In Town"), SADE ("Still In Love With You"), the FOO FIGHTERS ("Bad Reputation"), and MASTODON ("Emerald"), among other rock bands.