Purple & Lizzy: The Boys Weren’t On The Same Page
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says his attempt to form a trio in 1972 with Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Thin Lizzy singer and bassist Phil Lynott failed because Lynott wasn’t a good enough bass player.
Paice says, “It was meant to be a free-flowing kind of thing… He had the voice, but learning to play bass well takes time. And for a thing like that to work, all three players need to be at a certain level. Phil just wasn’t there yet.”
Calling themselves Baby Face, they did have a brief rehearsal before calling it quits. Lynott took the band’s name for the title of a song on Thin Lizzy’s 1972 album Shades of a Blue Orphanage.