Web Exclusive! Scott Gorham on Thin Lizzy’s Live Legacy

 Thin Lizzy’s 1977 album Live and Dangerous captured the band—and their groundbreaking and influential guitar team of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson—at the height of their powers. When word got out that producer Tony Visconti had made major fixes to the Live and Dangerous recordings, some people wrongly questioned Lizzy’s ability to pull off their tunes in concert. The discovery of the tapes from that same era that make up Still Dangerous—Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 should settle that once and for all. The ten tracks sound every bit as good as those Live and Dangerous, with no studio trickery whatsoever. Gorham shared his memories of the tour with GP from England, and these are some outtakes from that conversation.—Matt Blackett
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Do you have a favorite solo from this performance?
 “Dancing in the Moonlight” and “Soldier of Fortune” were both pretty good, but I don’t tend to look at it like that. I listen to the overall sound. Especially on this album, where it was just me and Glyn Johns sitting there, it was up to me to make sure that everybody was well represented. I was more concerned that Phil’s bass sounded good and was up in the mix, making sure that the drums sounded good, that Brian Robertson’s work was there. My parts just sort of took care of themselves. I tend to not really listen to myself too much. I loved listening to all the other guys because they played so well on this album.
Lizzy has been such an influence on so many bands. How does it make you feel when you hear guitar parts that are obviously tributes to what you guys did?
I look at it like this: In every musician’s life there are three trigger points. The first is that first song you hear as a kid that turns you into a music lover. The second is you hear a record or see a live performance and you say, I’m going to take up the guitar, or the drums, or whatever. Number three is probably the most important one and that’s when you walk out of the concert and you say that’s it. I’m going to be a guitar player. That’s what I’m going to do with my life. If we did that to any of these guys, I’m proud of that, definitely, but I look at it like we did our job. We did it right. We inspired the next generation to perpetuate this thing called rock and roll. I’m really happy that we could inspire those guys, who are big name guys. And they’re doing it for the next generation.