Thin Lizzy – The first meeting of the band members in Dublin

In December 1969, guitarist Eric Bell and keyboardist Eric Wrixon met by chance in a pub in Dublin and found that they shared similar ideas of forming a band, and decided to visit the Countdown Club where they saw vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey perform with Orphanage.

The site of Countdown Club in Dublin (55 St Mary St –  Wolfe Tone St)

Bell was particularly, and introduced himself to Lynott and Downey during a break. When Bell asked if they would consider forming a band together, Downey was initially skeptical, but both men were aware of Bell’s musical reputation.

They agreed that night on condition that Lynott play bass guitar as well as sing, and that the band would perform some of Lynott’s compositions.

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