“Like Boston, they had the twin-harmony guitars. That kind of approach influenced Iron Maiden, and then Maiden influenced us and the whole thrash metal thing. That’s why I went back to Thin Lizzy and Boston – if it weren’t for them, you might not have had Iron Maiden and all the bands that came after them.
“Phil Lynott is one of those people who is a god in the UK and Europe, but I don’t know if he’s fully appreciated in the rest of the world like he should be. Some artists just don't get their due.
“I don’t know how you can begin to pick between Thin Lizzy songs. Jailbreak is probably an obvious choice for a cover. I might have gone for something more obscure, but when I hear the lyrics to this one – ‘Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak somewhere in this town’ – I can’t deny how cool they are.”