Eric Bell was a founder member of Thin Lizzy, playing guitar on the first three albums.
One night in Dublin he met Eric Wrixon, Them's keyboardist, who took Eric to The Countdown Club. A band called The Orphanage were on stage comprising of Joe Stanton on guitar, Pat Quigley on bass and Brian Downey on drums along with vocalist Philip Lynott. Eric was amazed by Brian's drumming and wanted him in his band. He'd hardly noticed Philip, who was not yet playing bass. Philip had already heard of Eric through Gary Moore. Philip told Brian that he should join Eric and then surprised Brian by saying he would be joining too as Vocalist AND bassist.
Brian had no idea that Brush Shields from Skid Row, had been teaching Philip bass guitar! Philip had been Skid Row's singer, but Brush felt he needed to add something extra to the band, hence the bass lessons. Once that had been achieved Brush promptly sacked Philip!
Eric, Philip & Brian arranged to meet at Eric's flat where Philip brought along a reel to reel tape full of demo's, from which Eric could sense the potential of working together. Philip and Brian had to announce to Pat and Joe that they were leaving Orphanage to form a group with Eric Wrixon.
The rumour was going around Dublin that a Bell-Lynott super group was going to be formed, but there seemed to be some kind of a delay in this news becoming official.
During rehearsals one day Eric was flicking through some comics when he saw the Dandy's strip about 'Tin Lizzie'. Brian Downey thought it was a ridiculous name, but with a little tinkering by Eric the name became Thin Lizzy and suddenly it didn't seem so bad.
Over The Decades Eric has continued to sing and perform his own songs all over the World as one of Irelands premier Rock and Blues Guitarist.
The opening Guitar on Whiskey in the Jar is one of the most recognised Guitar parts on the Planet.
Eric still lives in Ireland.