Phil Lynott’s Mom Opposed To RNC’s Use Of Thin Lizzy Track

Phil Lynott

That’s what the Guardian is reporting.

The mother of late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott says she’s opposed to the Mitt Romney campaign using the band’s music at last week’s Republican National Convention.

Philomena Lynott, 81, said her son would not have approved of the Republicans playing the Thin Lizzy classic “The Boys Are Back In Town” at Romney’s nomination as presidential candidate.

Nope — Phil would’ve been pissed.

She told the Irish music magazine Hot Press, “As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney’s opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay — which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.

“Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan [Romney’s running mate] is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.

“There is nothing I can do about it except express my views, but I do want to be clear that I would not want Philip’s music to be used in any way that could hurt a single person, and this is the effect of what happened with Paul Ryan using and abusing my son’s music in that way. A lot of fans and musicians are very angry about it and I can fully understand why.

“There is a black president of America, which to me — as it would have been to Philip, as a proud, black Irishman — is wonderfully symbolic.

“I have a lot of time for Barack Obama, so to hear ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ being appropriated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their campaign against him is deeply upsetting.”

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