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Brian Robertson… a legendary rock icon. The Scottish Thin Lizzy guitarist that was the one half in the band’s twin guitar attack that wrote its own history, shaped a big part of hard rock, and was a huge influence for million bands and guitarists, with Kirk Hammet standing out for sure. Robbo also creatd Wild Horses, with ex-Rainbow Jimmy Bain, that lasted for two albums, and played on a Motorhead album (“Another Perfect Day”) but couldn’t gel with Lemmy and co., and apart from some session work here and there disappeared.
His come back that was also accompanied with an album, “Diamonds And Dirt”, was the excuse for a  chat with Robbo, about his new band, his plans, his past and more… Interview by: Yiannis Dolas
 
Rockpages.gr: Are you ready for this interview?
 
Brian Robertson: No! But, fire away anyway!
 
Rockpages.gr: Why did it take you two years to make this album?
 
Brian Robertson: Because I’ve been busy making everybody else’s albums basically! It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything, but I was working with other people. It just came up and I decided to go for it, you know?
 
Rockpages.gr: How did you hook up with those specific people on this album?
 
Brian Robertson: They were all friends actually! I’ve know for a long time. I’ve been touring with John Norum and stuff like that as well. Our bass player …. He does a lot of session work with Ian, so it was an already made rhythm section for me, and Linny (Wood) was actually in the studio next door to me when I was recording the album, and she came and ask to have a listen, and she liked what she was hearing and she wanted to do some vocals for me, and then I was next door writing some guitar for her album, and everyone who is in it is like a family…
 
Rockpages.gr: I liked the style of the album, I must say that it reminded me of early Whitesnake, what do you say?
 
Brian Robertson: Whitesnake??? I know it’s bluesy but I can’t really see the Whitesnake connection to be honest!
 
Rockpages.gr: How did the Lizzy covers come up?
 
Brian Robertson: Well, “It’s Only Money” is on the first album I did (ed: “Nightlife” – 1974), and it was kind of rush, and we really didn’t have the time to write the song on that album, and I put in there live actually. So, having not spent some time with it, I thought I could come up with a better arrangement, because it has a very strong riff, and I just wanted to do something different with it. I recorded “Running Back” (ed: from the album “Jailbreak” – 1976), because I didn’t play on the original since I had an argument with Phil on how it was supposed to be done. So, I am not on that song in the Thin Lizzy stuff and I wanted to change it from the timing that was on the album, to a 4/4 timing, which is more blues you know… and actually, that’s what we did!
 
Rockpages.gr: Can you give me a few comments about the title track?
 
Brian Robertson: I did the original demo on keyboards, all on keyboards… “Diamonds And Dirt”… it’s all about girls, isn’t it? you get to understand that the best times are like “diamonds and dirt” there’s the good side, and the bad side. And it’s not worth getting worried about it you know?

 
Rockpages.gr: Anything specific for “Texas Wind”?
 
Brian Robertson: Well, that’s about women as well (he laughs)! That was about a certain girl’s  kind of “take you for what they can”, sort of sweep you off your feet and bugger of with all your money!
 
Rockpages.gr: How do you feel releasing your first solo album and put your name out there like “Brian Robertson”?
 
Brian Robertson: Kinda weird actually, ‘cause, I’ve never used my own name. It’s the first time I’ve got some solo material. To have a band name, you can hide behind it a little bit, you know… I wasn’t very sure to use my name for this… it’s weird t be honest, but I am getting used to it! (he laughs)
 
Rockpages.gr: Do you have any plans to tour for the album?
 
Brian Robertson: Well, touring is a little bit of a nightmare… because I wouldn’t want to tour without the band. Because that’s the way it is. So, trying to get everybody together at one place at one time, would be a nightmare if you are playing and you are playing night after night, because everybody is busy with Europe, and Linny has her own stuff to do… you know… it’s difficult to get everyone at the same place at the same time. But, what we have been talking about is summer festivals. Getting one gig at a time it’s a lot easier to get the members of the band when they are available. So, I think we will be doing Sweden Rock festival to begin with, and then we’ve got all the other festivals around Europe for the summer. As far as touring is concerned it’s just too much involved to get everybody at the same place at the same time. Nale has the band Treat, Linny has her own thing to do, Ian is with Europe, Leif has his own thing as well, so it’s difficult to nail’em all down really… I am not going to go out without my band, because they are so good, and I feel comfortable with them. We are all close friends, and I want to keep it that way…
 
Rockpages.gr: What do you have to say about the 2011 Thin Lizzy, the new lineup?
 
Brian Robertson: I don’t know… it’s kind of strange lineup really… I mean they are all good players… I haven’t seen them, so I really can’t tell… but from the reports I’ve been getting they are apparently pretty tight… I don’t know what happens when Vivian leaves to go back to Def Leppard… so, I don’t know where it’s going to go from there, but it’s interesting to see…
 
Rockpages.gr: Would you be interested in playing with them?
 
Brian Robertson: Well, they did actually ask me when they started this thing, but the whole premise was that we’d go back to the classic lineup, with me and Scott and, Brian, a bass player, and a singer… but, Darren was coming in on keyboards… and at that point, well, I thought that this wasn’t the classic lineup!  So, I wasn’t that interested to play in any case, and by the time they asked me to do it I was so wrapped up in my own album, so I didn’t really have the time to do it anyway. There might be something in the future, I don’t know! They are playing Sweden Rock this year, and me actually I will be playing one song as a guest, which means that we can play Sweden Rock as well! (he laughs) We’ll see…
 
Rockpages.gr: So, I guess that makes anyone who’s going to this year’s Sweden Rock extra lucky!
 
Brian Robertson: Well, there you go!  
 
Rockpages.gr: A few days ago Gary Moore was found dead. What do you have to say about that?
 
Brian Robertson: Not a lot… Obviously, I was very upset! Sorin phoned me up and told me… it was very very sad and… it’s very difficult to talk about it to be honest... I admired him so much… a lot of memories come back of me and him on the road together actually… I remember one time with Colossseum we spent one night in Arnem, in Holland. Me and Gary we drunk a whole crate of Courvoisier  brandy, and we rounded up to my room and set the fire alarm on, and the police came and bla,bla,bla… that’s something you’d completely forgotten, but it came back after such a terrible thing has happened.. but anyway…
 
Rockpages.gr: It’s been a  while since you’ve been recording and releasing stuff with any band that you have been. Nowadays, it’s kind of a different story, CD sales are down, people doesn’t buy music anymore, they download it for free, and all that. How does that make you feel? Nervous? Worried? Enthusiastic?
 
Brian Robertson: Well, I mean you just have to take it as it comes. To be totally honest with you, we recorded this album with Soren, and we didn’t think that there was going to be too much interest for it. it wasn’t recorded for anybody other than us! Me and Soren, we decided to do it and that was it! We didn’t think about it an awful lot. It’s a personal journey really, for the two of us, and we were going to keep it that way, but obviously there is some interest for it and we will take it as it comes. It’s kina weird…
 
Rockpages.gr: The album has a unique atmosphere, I don’t know if it’s the production, or the compositions… it’s not like a new band trying to sound like an older band, but you have something here from the ‘70s. At least that’s what I got from the album…
 
Brian Robertson: Yeah… and we produced it that way… I took quote a lot care of the production and especially the arrangements of the songs. Obviously, I am doing all the guitars and the majority of the keyboards on the songs, so I got control over the arrangements, you know. So, it was just something that we sort of put together the way we wanted it. Soren was a big part of that, because everytime I do something he comes in and says if that’s right, or not… so, it’s a help…
 
Rockpages: And you also played bass…
 
Brian Robertson: Yes, I played on “Ain’t Got No Money”… what I wanted with this track was… we recorded that a long time ago, we did for a Frankie Miller tribute album, and I did the vocals as well. We played it to Frankie and he hated the vocals, so we went back to Stockholm, and we used a friend on vocals, and used them instead, and Frankie loved that… but I wanted the bass to be a bit like if Ronnie Wood would have played it on stuff from the Faces, like on “Maggie May”. It’s that kind of blues bass I wanted, something like “lead bass” if you like…
 
Rockpages.gr: Brian, you are an iconic figure for rock…
 
Brian Robertson: Iconic? I’d say… alcoholic (he laughs)! I don’t know… I understand what you are trying to say, and I guess it’s nice if some kids would look me up and all that stuff, I don’t really take that on board as such. Days have gone by you know, from when I was younger and I had a very big head, and I was very arrogant… I am a lot older now, and I really don’t look at it that way…
 
Rockpages.gr: All I wanted to say was that obviously a big name with a lot of history under your belt with Thin Lizzy, and Motorhead, and now that rock is coming back, and it’s becoming like a new trend, would you say it’s helpful to have all this people back, or still active?
 
Brian Robertson: I think it is. And I think that the fact that we did an album that is fresh and new, that keeps it alive and a lot of the older bands do not actually record new material. They play live what they’ve done in the past… that’s something that I wouldn’t do to be honest because those were the band I was playing for in the past, plus there are so many cover bands as well at the moment. That wouldn’t have made any sense to me, and I wouldn’t want to do it anyway. If I didn’t have a new band and a new material… I think that this is kind of stumbling, if you are playing live what you’ve already done. Even the Lizzy tracks that we did, they don’t sound like that, they don’t sound like Thin Lizzy tracks, because I’ve done them the way I wanted to do them…
 
Rockpages.gr: So, what are your ambitions now?
 
Brian Robertson: Ambitions? Ahh…dear… Well, I just want to see this album do well, and then go and do the next one. There is an album I am itching to do at the moment. I know it’s a bit pre-mature, but it’s been quite a long time on this album. As I said before, trying to put it together can be hard sometimes, even to get people in the studio! We might get three days in the studio, and then nothing for a couple of weeks, or even a couple of months, and then spend another three days, but then you have to set up the studio all the time, because you lose the continuity in the playing. So, I am thinking about the next album, since I managed to put this one out. I’ll probably write some new stuff, and use some material I didn’t use on this one…



 
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