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5th October 2012

marco mendoza

Following the success of his first UK solo tour in March 2012, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Ted Nugent) returns to our shores this October along with his band - a formidable three piece featuring guitarist Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Mustaine) and powerhouse drummer Mark Cross (Ian Gillan, Firewind, Tank).

Whilst Marco Mendoza is probably best known for his role as bass player with the legendary Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, there is much more to him than that. For over two decades now he has become the first choice collaborator for many big names, with over twenty impressive album releases and countless successful tours to his name.

In the early nineties he began his recording career with renowned Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, before starting a long working relationship with celebrated guitarist John Sykes, recording and touring with Blue Murder and Sykes' solo band throughout the nineties and eventually joining the guitarist in a reformed Thin Lizzy alongside Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton. During this period he also recorded with artists as diverse as Tommy Shaw, Roch Voisine and Right Said Fred, as well as putting out a live album with his jazz trio Mendoza Heredia Neto.

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Dates are as follows:

25 October: Mansfield, The Diamond
26 October: Nuneaton, Queens Hall
27 October: Ipswich, The Railway
28 October: Workington, The Vine Bar
31 October: Southampton, Talking Heads
1 November: Bournemouth, The Anvil

The new millenium saw some heavy touring by Thin Lizzy, with Mendoza also taking some time out to tour and record with Ted Nugent for his 'Full Bluntal Nugity' and 'Craveman' albums, whilst his appearance on David Coverdale's 'Into The Light' album eventually saw him joining Whitesnake for huge arena tours and festival dates, one of which was released as the 'Live... In The Still Of The Night' concert DVD.

During down time from Whitesnake he was also a member of the supergroup Soul Sirkus, recording an album and touring the US and UK alongside Journey members Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo and Jeff Scott Soto. Another spell with Thin Lizzy was punctuated by working with ex-Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan and George Lynch's reformed Lynch Mob, the talented bassist somehow finding time to also make his first solo album 'Live For Tomorrow' in 2007.

Having released more records with the likes of Derek Sherinian, Dolores O'Riordan, Lynch Mob, ex-Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and his own project, Casa Mendoza, 2012 sees Marco Mendoza as an indispensible member of the most successful Thin Lizzy line-up since their reformation, as well as touring his own material and performing clinics whenever possible. This is his first solo tour of the UK, so take this opportunity to see this charismatic musician up-close and personal. You won't regret it!

You can read Steve Goldby's Interview with Marco by clicking here.


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