THIN LIZZY - Philadelphia Gets A Bad Reputation Page 3
by Martin Popoff
New songs or not (and incidentally, look for some very different twin leads in this version of the aforementioned 'Soldier Of Fortune'), Still Dangerous is a document that demonstrates forcefully Thin Lizzy's live prowess. A reputation as a dedicated and deliberate headliner-slayer will tend to do that to a band...
"Oh yeah, I mean, that was always part of the game plan," says Scott. "You don't want to follow us. That was the whole deal. We wanted to make sure that anybody that was headlining was going to be really f**king uncomfortable after we left the stage. We did everything in our power to kick the shit out of any headliner. And that was the attitude that you took. I mean, there was no way that we were going to be the nice little support band and all that. That wasn't on our menu at all. Our whole game plan was we were going to get the stage, we're going to own that f**ker, and really, by the time we leave, we're still going to own it. So you're going to have to f**king buy that back when you get on there. But that... I thought that was a really healthy attitude. And it might sound like we were a bunch of pricks and all that, but you've got to remember, the era that we were in was a super-competitive era, and a lot of people had that attitude. We might've had it a little more than most, but that's the attitude that we took with us. All the time."
Does that mean you resorted to dirty tricks? Or disobeyed certain hard requests from the main act?
"No, we pretty much played by the rules - because we figured we were good enough. We didn't have to do anything underhanded. 'Oh, you're only gonna give us 30 minutes tonight?' Right, we're going to give you a kick-ass 30 minutes.' 'You're only giving us half the lights?' f**k it, that's fine with us, man, because it's the music everybody is here to listen to.' And so on and so forth. We just adapted."