BRIAN ROBERTSON - Legendary Guitarist Cooking Up Long-Awaited Solo Album Page 2
by Martin Popoff

So what do you think we're hearing from you guitar style-wise here? I mean, we don't even know your roots, because you basically joined Thin Lizzy as a teenager!

"Yes, I was a teenager (laughs), about 17 1/2. It was a long, long time ago. I just had my 53rd birthday (laughs), but I still feel like I'm 17, apart from the aches and pains, obviously. I'm obviously playing slightly differently because... well, certain injuries to my hand or whatever when I was younger. But I prefer the way I'm playing now versus the way I played in the past, to be honest. It's more measured. Well, sometimes it's more measured, and sometimes it's more off-the-wall (laughs). It's really what comes into my head."

"Oh, that's a nasty question, isn't it?" laughs Robbo, asked, then, to compare his style of playing versus Thin Lizzy mate Scott Gorham's. "We're two totally different players. I'm classically trained on several instruments, and I approach things totally differently, and of course I was into the blues from a very young age, as my father was a jazz musician. So I grew up with Glenn Miller and Mugsy Spaniel's jazz and Benny Goodman, that sort of stuff. I don't honestly think that's what Californians grew up with at that time (laughs). So I mean, my favourite artists were like Fleetwood Mac; Peter Green was my favourite guitar player."

Was there enough blues, then, in Thin Lizzy for you? Did you wish it was more of a bluesy band?

"No, Lizzy was Lizzy. It was what it was - there were influences from all over. I mean you only have to listen to the first three Lizzy albums with Eric Bell on them, and then listen to what we were doing when we had the four-piece together. It was a totally different band. In actual fact, Phil didn't even want to call it Thin Lizzy when we got together. He wanted to call it a different name, and the management said no, you've got to keep the name. So it was still called Thin Lizzy."