The mother of former Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott has hit out at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after he played the band’s classic ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ at the Republican National Convention last week.
Philomena Lynott told Irish magazine Hot Press that her son would not have approved of Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan’s anti-gay and pro-rich policies. He also said she was sure he would have supported Barack Obama in the US election.
She told the magazine: “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.”
She continued: “Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.”
Lynott added that she felt Paul Ryan was “abusing” her son’s music and that she felt the use of the track “could hurt people”.
She said of this: “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.”
Lynott added that she had “a lot of time for Barack Obama” and said that to hear her son’s music used by his opponent was “deeply upsetting”.
She said of this: “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.”
Thin Lizzy are currently recording new material with new frontman Ricky Warwick. Phil Lynott passed away in 1986 as a result of heart failure after a lengthy battle with drugs and alcohol.