Thin Lizzy are retiring their name for the release of their new album, which is expected to be released late next year.

Guitarist Scott Gorham said that the band decided to drop the name Thin Lizzy out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created.

“It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into re-building the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years,” Gorham said. “Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success. We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans.”

The band has written 20 songs for the new release.

“We believe Phil would have been proud of [the new songs],” Gorham said. “We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice.”

This is not necessarily the end of Thin Lizzy as an entity though. Singer Ricky Warwick stressed that dropping the name does not mean they will never play together again as Thin Lizzy.

“Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the Thin Lizzy brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see,” he said.

Warwick added: “Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honour all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work…nobody respects Phil as much as I do, and singing his songs for the past two years has been an incredible honour and something I will never forget.”

The band’s visit this December 13 to the Olympia in Dublin will be the last time they play under the Thin Lizzy name…for the next while at least.