From left – Phil Demmel, Mike Inez, Lzzy Hale, Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner
Judas Priest guitarist Richie Falkner, along with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Alice in Chains’ Mike Inez and ex- Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel and bassist Dave McClain got together in a virtual session, to cover Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The album and song of the same name was released in 1977 and quickly became one of Lizzy’s most popular albums.
Originally, the song brought frontman Phil Lynott and guitarist Scott Gorham back together with co-lead guitarist Brian “Robbo” Robertson. Robertson had been dismissed from the band due to having to cancel a huge US tour when he cut his hand in a bar fight. He was defending singer Frankie Miller, who got into a fight with a fellow patron. Robertson ended up cutting a tendon in his hand which required surgery; canceling the tour and prompting Lynott to fire him. Robertson was eventually asked to rejoin the group as “guest” guitarist and contributed several solos to the album. He eventually was let go again in favor of Gary Moore who went on to record the “Black Rose, a Rock Legend” album with the band.
Here, Hale supplies the voice while Faulkner and Phil Demmel trade leads in the second half of the song. Check it out:
What do you think of their version of “Bad Reputation”? How do you feel about cover songs in general?