Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham celebrates his 69th birthday today (March 17th). Ironically, the American guitarist in the Irish band was the one born on St. Patrick’s Day. One of their most popular songs “Jailbreak” was never a hit. It reminds guitarist Scott Gorham of strange coincidence during a contest to promote it. What comes to mind is a contest the band’s label ran in connection with the song and album. As Gorham tells it, its winner was someone who was actually a prison inmate at the time. He picks up the story.
“They went through all this red tape getting this guy out of jail, so he could come and see the concert and meet us backstage and pictures taken. So they did it, the guy came back, had his picture taken, saw the concert and all that. We all met him. And we found out a week later that the guy had actually escaped custody on that trip, right? So he had a little jailbreak of his own there. I mean, it was, like, such a coincidental tie-in there. It sounds like a load of b.s., but it’s actually true.”