Mastodon’s Troy Sanders to play bass for Thin Lizzy at festivals this summer

"It's no secret that Thin Lizzy has had a big influence on Mastodon's music"

Mastodon's Troy Sanders
Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, photo by Carlo Cavaluzzi

    Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders will get to perform as a touring member of an act that influenced him greatly when he joins Thin Lizzy’s lineup this summer on a handful of European festivals.

    Sanders will play with the classic rock band at four festival gigs in late July and early August, beginning July 28th at the Steelhouse Festival in South Wales, UK, and running through an August 10th performance at the Alcatraz Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Steelhouse Festival gig will feature Thin Lizzy playing their 1979 album, Black Rose (A Rock Legend).

    “It’s no secret that Thin Lizzy has had a big influence on Mastodon’s music,” said Sanders. “Being asked to join them on stage is a big deal and true honor to me. I am really looking forward to it!”

    Guitarist Scott Gorham stated, “We are very happy to welcome Troy to the Lizzy family! We met a few years ago at Download festival and he’s a great guy and killer bass player to boot so very happy he wanted to join us for the shows this summer.”


    Singer Ricky Warwick added, “Mastodon are a fantastic band and knowing how much of a Thin Lizzy fan Troy is, he will be an amazing addition to the fold.”

    In addition to the 40th anniversary of the Black Rose album, Thin Lizzy are also celebrating 50 years as a band. Following the death of founding frontman Phil Lynott in 1986, Thin Lizzy only exist as a touring act. However, the band members do record albums under the name Black Star Riders.

    Mastodon, meanwhile, will be performing their 2009 album, Crack the Skye, in its entirety when they hit the road with Coheed and Cambria and Every Time I Die for North American tour this summer. Tickets for that trek can be found here.

    Thin Lizzy 2019 Tour Dates with Troy Sanders on Bass:
    07/28 – S. Wales, UK @ Steelhouse Festival (exclusive Black Rose album set)
    08/04 – Cheshire, UK @ Rewind North Festival
    08/08 – Alicante, ES @ Leyendas Del Rock Festival
    08/10 – Kortrijk, BE @ Alcatraz Festival


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