For those not paying attention there is big news coming out of the Thin Lizzy camp this spring: The band recently announced that Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton will be playing bass on the forthcoming Anniversary shows planned for 2016 / 2017.
Tom, an Aerosmith founding member, joins guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, together with lead vocalist Ricky Warwick and keyboard player Darren Wharton on the following shows:
June 17th 2016 – Germany, Loreley – Freilichtbuhne (w/ Rainbow)June 18th 2016 – Germany, Bietigheim-Bissingen – Festplatz Am Viadukt (w/ Rainbow)
July 17th 2016 – Spain, Barcelona – Rock Fest
July 23rd 2016 – UK, Maidstone Kent – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
August 6th 2016 – Sweden, Rejmeyre – Skogsrojet Festival
January 19th-23rd 2017 – USA, Ft Lauderdale – Rock Legends V Cruise
“I’m really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer. It’ll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage”.
In addition to Tom’s appointment on bass, previously announced Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has been replaced by Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis on all shows except August 6th in Sweden, where Europe drummer Ian Haugland will be on the drum stool.
“Unfortunately, due to circumstances that will be announced very soon, I cannot play the six shows with Thin Lizzy in 2016 and 2017. As a life long fan of the band, I truly wish I could have been a part of this, but the reason will be revealed as soon as possible. I wish my great friends Scott Travis and Ian Haugland all the best with these shows and I know they will kick ass!”
On his appointment, Judas Priest’s Scott Travis adds:
“First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band! Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It’s gonna’ be a blast!”