Renegade is the eleventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1981. Though not his first appearance, this was the first album in which keyboard player Darren Wharton was credited as a permanent member, becoming the fifth member of the line-up. As such, he made a contribution as a songwriter on the opening track “Angel of Death“. However, even though he had officially joined the band, his picture was omitted from the album sleeve.
Renegade was also the second and final album to feature guitarist Snowy White. By his own admission, White was more suited to playing blues than heavy rock and he quit by mutual agreement the following year. He went on to have a hit single with “Bird of Paradise” in 1983.
In this conversation with lead singer and founder Phil Lynott recorded backstage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on November 27th 1981 during the tour to support and promote the album Lynott admits to still being influenced by his mother and like all good sons to follow her advice and do what he’s told. He also talks about the guitarists that played in the band including Snowy White as well as Scott Gorham, Eric Bell and Gary Moore.
Lynott remained the leader of the band until his death from pneumonia and heart failure on 4 January 1986, at the age of 36.
Recorded November 27th, 1981.