Classic Rock Corner

Guitarist Brian Robertson Loves Thin Lizzy, Texas Women

As one half of Thin Lizzy's legendary "twin guitar" classic lineup in the mid- to late '70s, Scottish guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson started to make an impact on classic-rock history while still a teenager. That's him shredding on the legendary break in Lizzy's most popular (and, alas, also most overplayed) song, "The Boys are Back in Town."

After leaving Lizzy, Robertson formed the band Wild Horses, was briefly a member of Motorhead, and has played sporadically since then. In 2008, he began work on what would become his first solo record, handling vocals as well as guitar on the new release Diamonds and Dirt.

In an interview that set a new Rocks Off record for exclamation points, we spoke with Robertson via phone from Sweden about the new record, Texas groupies, and why he turned down a chance to join the current (though obviously Phil Lynott-less) lineup of Lizzy.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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