Lizzy getting busy again

Just when you thought it was safe to erase Thin Lizzy from your mental hard drive, the band re-emerge to demand your attention. According to Music News, 700 lost Thin Lizzy recordings have resurfaced.

Before anyone sensible could say "quick bury them again," the demos, alternative takes and unreleased songs collected on 150 tapes were passed on to the Universal record label They have threatened to release some of them in a box set, and band members are currently working through the tapes selecting tracks for the release.

Apparently the recordings belonged to the singer and writer Phil Lynott who passed them on to a friend before Lynott’s death at the age of 36 in 1986. The songs span the whole duration of the band’s 10 year career.

Somewhat suspiciously, the find of the treasure trove of Lizzy rarities coincides with a renewed spurt of activity by surviving band members Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. Guitarist Gary Moore died of a heart attack in February 2011 at the age of 58. Thin Lizzy, rather in the way that ITV continue to make episodes of Taggart decades after the title character died, continue to tour, with new dates announced in early 2012.

The late Lynott has been replaced by Ricky Warwick, formerly the singer in The Almighty and guitarist in New Model Army. In 2011 the members suggested that they might even get around to recording their first new material in nearly 30 years.

As the song goes, the boys, no longer quite so boyish, are back in town.

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