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Encyclopedia > Brian Robertson
Brian "Robbo" Robertson
Brian "Robbo" Robertson

Brian Robertson is a Scottish guitarist and former member of Thin Lizzy and Motörhead. Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78... Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy were an Irish Rock band that formed in Dublin in 1969. ... Motörhead is a British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy Kilmister (real name Ian Kilmister) after his ejection from space-rock icons Hawkwind. ...


Robertson was born on February 12, 1956 in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire. He learnt cello [1] and classical piano for eight years before switching to the guitar and drums. He played in gigs around his local area with bands like Dream Police, who later evolved into the Average White Band. February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clarkston is the name of a mainly residential area on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. ... East Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ... The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ...

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Career

In June 1974, Thin Lizzy were auditioning for a new guitarist and a try-out for Robertson was arranged. Still a teenager, Robertson was taken on - and with Scott Gorham on the other lead guitar, formulated the twin-guitar harmony that made Thin Lizzy one of the most influential "guitar bands" in the music industry. During his time in the band Thin Lizzy scaled the heights of success releasing albums such as Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox, Bad Reputation and the brilliant Live and Dangerous. Robertson was fired from the band twice, he finally left the band in 1978 being replaced by well known rock/blues guitarist Gary Moore. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy were an Irish Rock band that formed in Dublin in 1969. ... Scott Gorham was the co-lead guitarist in the rock band Thin Lizzy from Eric Bells departure and Gary Moores temporary stint in 1974 until its breakup in 1983. ... Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. ... Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. ... Bad Reputation is the eighth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1977. ... Live and Dangerous is a live double album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1978. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Gary Moore (born on 4 April 1952 as Robert William Gary Moore in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists to have originated from Ireland. ...


Brian's blues-influenced, classic rock style is distinctly melodic. In Thin Lizzy, the unique twin, harmony lead guitar sound, provided by Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, contributed much to the distinctive sound of the band and influenced subsequent bands, such as Iron Maiden. Brian Robertson's unconventional use of the wah-pedal as an extension of the instrument during soloing rather than as a purely rhythmic effect, as described in the Total Accuracy video "Still in Love with the Blues" (featuring Brian Robertson & Stuart Bull), is generally regarded as a pioneering, perhaps unique use of the effect. Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy were an Irish Rock band that formed in Dublin in 1969. ... Scott Gorham was the co-lead guitarist in the rock band Thin Lizzy from Eric Bells departure and Gary Moores temporary stint in 1974 until its breakup in 1983. ...


Following his dismissal, Robertson formed Wild Horses along with another big name outcast, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain. Achieving only partial success in the UK, the band split up after releasing two albums, 1980's the First Album and 1981's Stand Your Ground. Rainbow were a British progressive metal/hard rock band formed by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1975. ... Jimmy Bain was born in 1949 in Newtonmore, Highland, Scotland. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Robertson appeared on stage for a night during Thin Lizzy's final tour in 1983, alongside most of their former guitarists. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After this brief appearance with Thin Lizzy he was telephoned to see if he was interested in replacing Motörhead's "Fast" Eddie Clarke, who had left the band during their US tour. After five days rehearsing, he appeared with them on May 21, 1982, at Harpo's in Detroit. He appeared with the band on the King Biscuit Flower Hour and recorded the Another Perfect Day album with them, staying until 1983, his last last gig with them was at the Metropol, Berlin on Nov 11.[2] In this time he was almost killed by a Hell's Angels bike meet, as he wore a pink tutu and ballet shoes to the gig. Refusing to play the classic numbers the band replaced him with Phil Campbell and Würzel. Motörhead is a British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy Kilmister (real name Ian Kilmister) after his ejection from space-rock icons Hawkwind. ... Fast Eddie Clarke Edward Clarke, better known as Fast Eddie Clarke, is a guitarist who was a member of the British heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead. ... The King Biscuit Flower Hour is a syndicated rock and roll radio show that debuted on February 18, 1973. ... After guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left Motörhead on their second US tour, Brian Robbo Robertson (ex- Thin Lizzy) was drafted to complete the tour. ... Hells Angels logo (Smithsonian Institution) The Hells Angels (without an apostrophe), were formed in 1948 in Fontana, California (where the local chapter remains active), taking the name of the movie Hells Angels based on the Royal Flying Corps directed by Howard Hughes. ... Phil Campbell Phil Campbell (born Philip Anthony Campbell , May 7, 1961) is a guitarist in the British heavy metal band Motörhead. ... Michael Burston (born October 23, 1949), commonly known by the stage name Würzel, is an English musician. ...


After this time, he joined Statetrooper. This lasted up until their breakup. He was allegedly well-liked by his bandmates, thus not responsible for the breakup.


Robertson made a special guest appearance with the band Ash at the Oxegen music festival in Ireland, 2004, playing guitar on the song "The Boys Are Back in Town". Ash are a rock band that formed in Downpatrick (Northern Ireland) in 1992. ... The Boys are Back in Town is a single from the Hard rock/Heavy metal band Thin Lizzy. ...


In August 2005 Brian was reunited with his old Lizzy band mates, under the leadership of Gary Moore, for a tribute show in memeory of Phil Lynott. Brian and Gary played along with Lizzies Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Eric Bell and Jethro Tull bassist Jonathan Noyce on a number of Gary and Thin Lizzy classic cuts. Gary Moore (born on 4 April 1952 as Robert William Gary Moore in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists to have originated from Ireland. ... Philip Parris Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was the front man of the band Thin Lizzy. ... Brian Downey (born January 27, 1951) was the drummer for the band Thin Lizzy, who, along with bassist-vocalist Phil Lynott, made up the core of the bands success as a pioneering hard rock group. ... Scott Gorham was the co-lead guitarist in the rock band Thin Lizzy from Eric Bells departure and Gary Moores temporary stint in 1974 until its breakup in 1983. ... Eric Bell is a musician born in 1947 and was the lead guitarist for Thin Lizzy See also Eric Temple Bell, mathematician. ... Jethro Tull is a rock band that formed in Blackpool, England in the 1960s. ... Jonathan Noyce was born in Sutton Coldfield, in the Midlands of England, on the 15th July, 1971, three months after the release of Jethro Tulls Aqualung album. ... Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy were an Irish Rock band that formed in Dublin in 1969. ...


Brian's more recent work with the Clan shows a glimpse of a harder, more modern, metal rock tone & style.


Influences

Brian's influences include American blues giant Freddie King (Freddy King), English guitar legends Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton & Peter Green. ZZ Top and Billy Gibbons are also mentioned as later influences.[3] Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was a blues guitarist and singer. ... Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was a blues guitarist and singer. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England) is a rock/blues guitarist who played in several influential bands in the 1960s and 1970s. ... An example of the famous Clapton is God graffiti craze Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... ZZ Top on the cover of the March 1991 issue of the Guitar World magazine. ... Billy F. Gibbons (born 16 December 1949), nicknamed the Reverend Willie G, is best known as the guitarist for that Little Ol band from Texas, ZZ Top. ...


Guitars

On joining Thin Lizzy, Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham received new equipment, including Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitars. Despite the Deluxe moniker, these were actually the least expensive Les Pauls available at the time. Still a highly prestigious guitar, the Les Paul Deluxe was unusual in having the smaller mini-humbucker pick-ups. Although very much a Les Paul in sound, the Deluxe has a slightly more treble biased, flutely tone than the normal PAF (patent applied for)-style Les Paul pick-ups. Another contributing factor to the unique Thin Lizzy harmony guitar sound. Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy were an Irish Rock band that formed in Dublin in 1969. ... Scott Gorham was the co-lead guitarist in the rock band Thin Lizzy from Eric Bells departure and Gary Moores temporary stint in 1974 until its breakup in 1983. ... The Gibson Les Paul signature model is among the most recognized solid-body electric guitar designs. ...


Brian is often associated with the Black 1973 Les Paul Custom with white/"parchment" coloured pick guard (rather than black), featured heavily in photographs on the Live and Dangerous album and subsequent video. However, in an interview with Stuart Bull on the video "Still in Love with the Blues", Brian explains that his main guitar remains his original Thin Lizzy Sunburst Les Paul Deluxe, albeit re-fretted (from wear) and with rare and highly desirable original 1959 Gibson Seth Lover PAF Humbucker pickups fitted roughly by his guitar technician. The pickups are sans the normal German-silver pick-up covers, a popular modification. The worn, bracelet scarred and character-rich guitar features throughout the aforementioned video. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!. (Discuss) Gibson: Gibson is the blue monkey, and the teams scientist. ... Seth Lover (born January 1st, 1910 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA; died January 31st, 1997 in Garden Grove, California, USA) is most famous for inventing the humbucker or hum-cancelling electric stringed instrument pickup, most often used on the electric guitar. ... P.A.F. or just PAF is a famous first in the world humbucker guitar pickup, invented by Seth Lover in 1955 as an engineer for Gibson and started to be used in mass production guitars in about 1956 or 1957. ...


Other guitars seen played by Brian Robertson include a black Fender Stratocaster (Dedication video), 1970's Kramer aluminium neck guitar (Dedication video), red Les Paul with trapeze bridge and soap bar pick ups [Cover of "Still in Love with you video"]. At the time of Scott Gorham's Thin Lizzy audition, Robertson was playing an SG Junior.[1] The Stratocaster, often called the Strat, is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender in the early 1950s, and manufactured continuously to the present. ...


Although strongly associated with British Marshall amplifiers (100 watt non-Master Volume Superlead heads & 25W Celestion Greenback speakers), Brian has been known to use Mesa Boogie (100W Dual Rectifier head) and Soundman amplifiers. Brian's original wah-pedal is famously a UK made Colorsound (rather than the CryBaby or Vox, which were more expensive at the time), although he sometimes used a Cry Baby wah wah in the 1990s and a borrowed Vox Wah in the "Still in Love with the Blues" video.[4] Partly because of Brian, the Colorsound wah-pedal is now rare and sought after. The Marshall Logo Marshall Amplification is a British company which designs and manufactures electric guitar amplifiers. ...


Brian's use of the WEM Copycat tape echo unit was later replaced by a modern rack mounted digital delay unit. Robertson used a Black Les Paul custom and mentions he experimented with "Boss Analog Chorus Delay, an MXR Pitch Transposer, Yamaha analog delays, and MXR 32 band Graphic EQ" during his Motorhead days.[3] Record producer Tony Visconti mentions that for the track "Killer Without A Cause" "... Robertson plays guitar through the strange voice box, the simple gizmo that Peter Frampton made famous on his successful live album. "[5] Tony Visconti in the 1970s Tony Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is a record producer, and often an instrumentalist or singer, who has had a long and illustrious career working with some of the best known popular music artists from the late 1960s onwards, notably T. Rex, David Bowie...


Discography

Thin Lizzy

Night Life is the fourth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1974. ... Fighting is the fifth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. ... Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. ... Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. ... Bad Reputation is the eighth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1977. ... Live and Dangerous is a live double album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1978. ...

Wild Horses

  • First Album (1980)
  • Stand Your Ground (1981)

Motörhead

After guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left Motörhead on their second US tour, Brian Robbo Robertson (ex- Thin Lizzy) was drafted to complete the tour. ... I Got Mine is a song by the heavy metal band Motörhead. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b Byrne, Alan Thin Lizzy, Soldiers of Fortune Firefly Publishing, November 2005 pp.51 & 56 ISBN 0946719810
  2. ^ Burridge, Alan and Stevenson, Mick The Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Collector's Guide Publishing, 1994 pp.17 & 40-43 ISBN 0-9695736-2-6
  3. ^ a b "Brian Robertson" Dinosaur Rock Guitar URL last accessed <2006-09-03>.
  4. ^ "Robertson's Thin Lizzy era rig" Guitar Geek URL last accessed <2006-09-03>.
  5. ^ "Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation" Tony Visconti's website URL last accessed <2006-09-03>.

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... Tony Visconti in the 1970s Tony Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is a record producer, and often an instrumentalist or singer, who has had a long and illustrious career working with some of the best known popular music artists from the late 1960s onwards, notably T. Rex, David Bowie... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ...

External links

  • A profile of Robertson is featured on the official Thin Lizzy website.
  • Photo of Robertson with Soundman amplifier
  • Photo of Robertson with his main guitar
Thin Lizzy
John Sykes | Scott Gorham | Marco Mendoza | Michael Lee
Phil Lynott | Brian Downey | Eric Bell | Gary Moore | Brian Robertson | Snowy White | Darren Wharton | Tommy Aldridge | Randy Gregg
Discography
Studio albums: Thin Lizzy | Shades of a Blue Orphanage | Vagabonds of the Western World | Nightlife | Fighting | Jailbreak | Johnny the Fox | Bad Reputation | Black Rose: A Rock Legend | Chinatown | Renegade | Thunder and Lightning
Live albums: Live and Dangerous | Life | BBC Radio One Live in Concert | The Peel Sessions | Boys Are Back in Town: Live in Australia | One Night Only
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