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ERIC BELL (founder Thin Lizzy) ‘Exile’ Solo Album Details Revealed

January 29th, 2016

Northern Irish rock musician and guitarist ERIC BELL, best known as a founding member and the original guitarist of the rock group Thin Lizzy to release his new studio album “Exile” on February 26, 2016 via On The Edge/Cargo Records. UK tour in Feb/March and The Eric Bell Trio just confirmed to play June 11 at Sweden Rock Festival 2016.

Track listing:

1. Deep In Your Heart
2. Don’t Love Me No More
3. Gotta Say Bye Bye
4. Vote For Me
5. Exile
6. Little Boy Running
7. Rip It Up
8. Concrete Jungle
9. Thank God
10. Song For Gary

The Vagabond Out of Exile &#8211 The Return of Eric Bell

When you&#8217ve co-founded one of the most successful bands in Irish history, written one of the best-loved guitar riffs of all time and had the British Prime Minister claim he listens to your songs when he &#8220needs a lift” (which, let’s face it, must be quite often), it would be easy to put your feet up, sit back and bask in the glory of a successful career in music.

Or you could just keep on working like legendary blues guitarist and Thin Lizzy founder member, Eric Bell, who has just finished recording his first studio album in more than six years.

Exile, the first collection of new material since 2009&#8217s Lonely Nights in London, was recorded at Edge Recording Studios, a converted barn in Cheshire. Basic, homely and unpretentious, what the studio lacks in corporate frills, it more than makes up for in pedigree. Owned by renowned sound engineer John Delf, who works with some of the globe&#8217s biggest bands, including Five Seconds of Summer, Plan B and The Script, and run by Mark Winterburn, one of the UK&#8217s top studio engineers, it offered the back-to-basics, artist-led approach that Eric needed to tempt him back into the studio.

Lyrically, the new album covers a lot of ground; some songs reflect the difficult times in Eric&#8217s life, others explore universal themes of love, fatherhood and loss. Some were penned many years ago, lying dormant as if waiting to be brought to life, some were written very recently. There’s even a cover of a rock ‘n’ roll standard.

Although Eric didn&#8217t start out as a songwriter, working alongside Phil Lynott in Thin LizzyVan Morrison in Them and Dave Clark in the Noel Redding Band allowed him to see the songwriting process up close and gave him the confidence to find his own writing style.

&#8220This album reflects the music I like to play and listen to, so that&#8217s what I&#8217d say, &#8220I&#8217m trying to cover the whole spectrum of music.&#8221

Eric Bell Band – UK Tour 2016

Feb 26 – Borderline, London
Feb 27 – District Club, Pontypridd
Feb 28 – Fiddlers, Bristol
Feb 29 – The Haven Club, Oxford
Mar 01 – The Iron Road, Evesham
Mar 03 – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield
Mar 04 – The Forum, Darlington
Mar 05 – The Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate

The Eric Bell Trio just confirmed to play June 11 at Sweden Rock Festival 2016.

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Black Star Riders with support on European Tour 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 12th, 2016

Black Star Riders
European Tour 2015
Bonafide – special guest
The Weyers – support act

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THE DEAD DAISIES – John Corabi and Marco Mendoza

December 4th, 2015

The Dead Daisies



The Dead Daisies are an Australian-American rock band formed by guitarist David Lowy in 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Although the band is still relatively new, they already toured the world with names such as ZZ Top, Aerosmith, KISS and Whitesnake with whom they arrived for the first time in Finland with this November. The band’s name might not be very familiar to many, but it surely helps that Lowy has put together a band of prominent and well-known musicians. The band’s current line-up consists of Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Union, Ratt), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Whitesnake, Pride & Glory) and Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed from Guns’n Roses.  I met a cheerful Mendoza and Corabi in Ice Hall’s cafe just before the band’s first ever gig in Helsinki. And here is a summary of what they had to tell about the Dead Daisies’ new album REVOLUCION and much more…

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson

January 6th, 2015



Black Star Riders is a rock band formed in late 2012 from the ashes of the latest line-up of Thin Lizzy . The band released its first album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, in May of 2013 and the sophomore album, THE KILLER INSTINCT, is scheduled for release in early 2015. The band’s singer / guitarist Ricky Warwick (The Almighty) and guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) arrived in rainy Helsinki in early December to promote the upcoming album and here is what they had to say. Read on!

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Black Star Riders: All Hell Brakes Loose European Tour 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

December 16th, 2013


Black Star Riders

All Hell Brakes Loose European Tour 2013

Red’sCool – special guest

The Gloria Story – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
November 7, 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Vocalist Ricky Warwick

December 14th, 2013

Ricky Warwick



Black Star Riders is a new “all-star” band that formed in late 2012. The band got started when members of the most recent line-up of Thin Lizzy decided to record new material, but they choose not to release it under the Thin Lizzy name. The band now consists of vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick (the Almighty), bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Whitesnake, Blue Murder), and guitarists Damon Johnson (ex-Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) and Scott Gorham who’s the only remaining member from Thin Lizzy’s classic line-up. The original Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey and longtime keyboardist Darren Wharton decided not to take part of this new band and Downey was then replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Y&T, Megadeth, Alice Cooper). The band released its highly acclaimed debut album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE on May 2013 and since they’ve been extremely busy touring act across the world. Black Star Riders played its first show in Finland on last November. Vocalist Ricky Warwick sat down with us in backstage of club Virgin Oil Co and we discussed about the new album, creation process of new songs, the future of Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy, possibility of the Almighty reunion and various other topics. Read on!

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GYPSYHAWK Interview with Vocalist/Bassist Eric Harris

October 13th, 2012

Gypsyhawk Interview

with Vocalist/Bassist Eric Harris

Interview by Mark Dean


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SommarRock Festival 2012 with Bonafide,Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden

September 6th, 2012

 SommarRock Festival 2012


Svedala, Sweden

12-14/7 – 2012

With Bonafide, Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson


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THIN LIZZY Interview with Marco Mendoza

June 29th, 2012

Thin Lizzy Interview with Marco Mendoza

April 23rd 2012

Interview by Mark Dean

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Martin Popoff releases his SECOND Thin Lizzy book!

May 15th, 2012
We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76-81

We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76-81

Martin Popoff has released his SECOND Thin Lizzy book, an action-packed sequel to Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69-76. It’s called… We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76-81

As the back cover blurb sez…

In the follow-up to Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69-76, Popoff picks up the rough ‘n’ tumble Lizzy saga just as the band stressed and strived for a worthy follow-up to their Jailbreak breakthrough. The result was Johnny The Fox, one of the band’s finest albums, only to be followed by a string of records that placed Lizzy amongst the most revered acts within the realm of hard rock royalty. Bad Reputation, Live And Dangerous, Black Rose, Chinatown… the band’s mid-years catalogue is undeniably superlative, and this is the story of those records inside and out.

As with Pt. 1 of the story, Martin has endeavored to provide reams of fresh interview footage to support his fresh telling of the tale, additionally stuffing the book with photography and memorabilia shots upon most every page.

Immerse yourself in Popoff’s celebrated record-by-record methodology and emerge a rejuvenated Lizzy fan, newly appreciative of the deep album tracks hiding within this singular band’s sparkling, most storied years, tracks that are still being played today by a Thin Lizzy without Phil. The boys are back in town, indeed!

The book’s 256 pages include 262 rare, archival black & white photos and memorabilia shots to accompany my usual in-depth track-by-track play-by-play type o’ crazy biog.

Fresh new interviews for this book included (and most a few times), Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Gary Moore, Brian Robertson, Dave Flett, Kit Woolven, Jimmy Bain, Darren Wharton, Clive Edwards, Laurence Archer, three punks and a bunch of cool quotes from folks who toured with Lizzy, knew Phil etc. As well, historical press interviews help flesh out this tale of the glory years.


Caution! There’s about half a box of Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69-76 left. First come, first served. Sweet postage savings to be had for both at once (or two of pretty much anything – long story, ask me!).

Price including shipping:

US orders: $33.00 US funds

Int’l orders (all books go air): $45.00 Cdn. funds

Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds


See for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for his other available 30 or so books.

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Gary Moore – Live At Montreux 2010 (Blu-Ray)

January 26th, 2012

Gary Moore

Live At Montreux 2010 (Blu-Ray)

Released: 2011, Eagle Vision

Rating: 4.5/5 

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HIN LIZZY Shockwaves VideoCast now Posted!

November 8th, 2011
The Shockwaves VideoCast episodes w/ Thin Lizzy Interviews are now posted. YouTube Links below to both interviews (Episode 5 with Ricky and Damon and Episode 6 with Brian).

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September 12th, 2011


Victoria Park, London

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July

Review by Mark Dean
Photos by Graham Hilling & Falk-Hagen Bernshausen 
Graham Hilling Photography

In this festivals 2nd year running & the quality line-up of High Voltage Festival and with so many glowing references from friends, I just had to fly over from Ireland this year to go along and see exactly what all the fuss was about!

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DARREN WHARTON -Thin Lizzy, Dare

August 24th, 2011




Darren Wharton is a British keyboardist, singer, and songwriter. Wharton first came to attention as a member of Thin Lizzy when he joined bands ranks in 1980. He recorded three studio albums; CHINATOWN, RENEGADE and THUNDER AND LIGHTNING and LIVE LIFE – live album with Lizzy before band disbanded in 1983. Wharton has fronted his own band, Dare since 1989. The band has released so far six albums including the latest one ARC OF DAWN which came out in 2009. The latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy was formed in 2010 and the band: Wharton, drummer Brian Downey, guitarist’s Scott Gorham and Vivian Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and vocalist Ricky Warwick have since then been extremely busy and touring across the world with great success. The tour finally reached Finland in early July and then we had a pleasure to sit down with Mr. Wharton himself and hear the latest of Thin Lizzy and Dare as well. Read on!

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August 1st, 2011



Let Me Hear You Scream Sweden Rockkkk.Well the annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal team is already into it’s 11th year!  The  2011 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock in the line-up. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide and the ticket price had risen a little bit. ver these 11 years of coverage, it has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather once again showed positive and negative aspects like in 2010. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die!!!

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