Damon Johnson takes Radial on the road with Thin Lizzy -
Few musicians will ever get the opportunity to tour with one of
the bands that had the most influence on them as a young player.
Damon Johnson is living his dream! He is currently on tour with
Thin Lizzy playing dates all over the world for the better part of
2012. To take the gig Johnson took leave from his 7 year ongoing
work with Alice Cooper.
According to Johnson this is a dream come true. "Quite
literally, the music of Thin Lizzy is the single greatest influence
on my own songwriting and guitar playing. I saw the original band
as a kid in 1979 and it changed my life. For me to be asked to play
with Lizzy is an unfathomable event...I'm still somewhat in shock
One piece of gear Johnson is not leaving behind is his Radial
Switchbone (AB-Y Switcher). "The Switchbone is an absolutely vital
addition to my signal chain. With Thin Lizzy (as I did in Alice
Cooper), I'm running two Wizard amps simultaneously...each head
into it's own separate speaker cabinet. The Switchbone corrects the
loading that occurs when you run two heads via a generic splitter
of some kind. And another huge feature for me is the ability to
reverse the phasing of the amps if the need presents itself by
simply engaging the polarity switch on the top of the pedal. And
finally, with the added bonus of a gain and mid boost, the
Switchbone is the greatest piece of pedal circuitry that I've EVER
The Radial Switchbone employs the same Class-A circuit as the
critically acclaimed Radial JD7 Injector for exceptional audio
performance. The unique DragT control provides single-knob load
correction to re-introduce the natural relationship between the amp
and guitar pickup that is invariably lost when the guitar is
buffered or split to drive two amps. To eliminate hum and buzz
caused by ground loops, the Switchbone's second output is
transformer equipped for 100% isolation while a 180º polarity
reverse switch keeps both amps in phase.
Radial's acclaimed VariBoostT power booster gives you complete
foot-switchable control over signal gain and mid boost for soloing.
The innovative 'ToggleModeT' footswitch with large flashing LED's
simplifies switching and eliminates tap dancing. The tuner output
is always on for quick tune-ups and buffered to keep your signal
Thin Lizzy is currently touring the UK with upcoming summer
festival dates in Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, Czech
Republic and Finland.