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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Phil Lynott Was A Real Irish Hero

A host of Irish and international stars have come together in a special issue of the Irish magazine Hot Press, marking the 25th anniversary of the death of the Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. It includes interviews with a wide range of artists who either worked with Phil, or were influenced by his work.

They include, among others, Slash, Joe Elliott and James Hetfield.

It also includes reminiscences of key members of Thin Lizzy, including Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Brian Robertson and Midge Ure.

Speaking on Phil's death, James Hetfield reflects, “It was one of those moments that was so sad. You just wondered, ‘Why did God take such a creative person?’. But I think there was a purpose to it all, because the struggles that he wrote about: with drugs, drink, ethnicity, all of those things, they almost speak louder now he has passed. For me, going through the struggle with alchohol and addiction in general, just going back and listening to his lyrics it’s like, ‘Wow, I know what he’s talking about now’. I love that.”

Hot Press editor Niall Stokes says, “Working on the Hot Press Philip Lynott Special was one of the most emotional projects we’ve ever taken on. Philo seemed to tap into a seam of almost universal goodwill. He was a real Irish hero.”

Visit Hot Press for more.

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