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Thin Lizzy Guitarist Praises Predecessor Brian Robertson

06/07/2016
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(Classic Rock) Damon Johnson has heaped praise on former Thin Lizzy axeman Brian Robertson for being a "tremendous and special player." The current Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders guitarist says he has spent decades learning his predecessor's parts, particularly on the 1978 album Live And Dangerous and he says he's still left in awe of Robertson's work.

He says: "Today and everyday, I am saluting the talent and special player that is Brian Robertson. As I am preparing for the upcoming Thin Lizzy dates, which I am privileged and honoured to be a part of, the album that I am referencing the most is Live And Dangerous."

Johnson continues: "It is inconceivable that Brian was only 21-years-old when these performances were recorded. And after decades of studying and practicing to all the Thin Lizzy albums with the classic lineup of Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Robertson, there are so many moments in Brian's playing that elude me as to what he was thinking, where on the neck he is playing, and how he is approaching his solos. Case in point his blistering improv at the end of Are You Ready. Read more here.

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