BRIAN ROBERTSON - Thin Lizzy Guitarist Launches Long-Awaited Solo Debut Page 2
by Martin Popoff
The album's timeless vibe (if forced, I'd call Diamonds And Dirt something most akin to '80s rock, enriched by a life lived through the '70s, recorded up to today's standards) is the result of the arc of time from which the compositions originate.
"They kind of span nearly 15, 20 years," notes Robbo. "As I say, I gave sort of a plastic bag full of cassettes to Soren and I didn't know what was in there. I was over in England picking up a bunch of my recording equipment to take back to Stockholm, and I found this plastic bag in amongst all the equipment, and I said, 'Have a listen to that on your drive back; it's a long drive.' And he got about halfway to Stockholm and he called me from a hotel and said, 'Listen, there's some great stuff on here. You need to do an album.' So I flew over here to have a listen, and we haven't listened to all of them. There's still a lot of stuff there (laughs). But we kind of picked the ones we wanted, and the ones we thought that could be brought up to date, and obviously most of them were written on keyboards, so I had to transpose it for guitar and whatnot. And that's basically how it came about."
Wondering from whence the album's almost southern vibe comes from, I asked Robertson if one source might include touring Lizzy did down in the deep south with any of those legendary bands from the rock 'n' blues tradition.
"Yeah, we played was ZZ," recalls Brian. "Not SKYNYRD. We played with ZZ quite a lot; well, not quite a lot, a fair few gigs with them. I'm a big ZZ fan anyway, from the early stuff, 'La Grange' and whatnot. I first heard that when I was touring in Texas, I think, which wasn't with ZZ. I heard it at a truck stop and thought, 'Wow, that's great, I like that.' But I didn't consciously put that in. It was more a Bad Company thing, really. Because when we were touring with Miller, we had Simon Kirke on drums; so that was really cool, with Simon and Chrissie Stewart on bass. And I was basically left to put all the big heavy bits in that weren't on any of the records. So that band was kind of a template for what we were doing here, that sort of feel."
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