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Eric Bell Biography
Thin Lizzy founding guitarist, Eric Bell, is thrilled to be setting out on his first UK tour since the pandemic. The new Eric Bell Trio welcomes two new musicians with Phil Smyth on bass, and Matt Hewer on drums. The band will be playing early classic Thin Lizzy tracks from the period of Eric's time in the band, along with blues classics and songs from his subsequent, highly acclaimed solo albums.
In 1969 Eric walked into a bar in Dublin, ordered a pint and settled down to watch a band play. Two of the members of that band were Brian Downey and Phil Lynott. He was knocked out by what he saw and he asked them to form a band with him. Both duly obliged and within weeks **Thin Lizzy** was born.
The three of them worked very hard both in the studio and on the road and three iconic albums were the result. The band also enjoyed hit single success with 'Whiskey In The Jar' and 'The Rocker'. Eric left the band in 1973 for health reasons and forged a solo career, alongside an exciting period playing lead guitar for Jimi Hendrix's legendary bassist, in The Noel Redding Band.