The surviving members of THIN LIZZY have paid tribute to late frontman PHIL LYNOTT on the 25th anniversary of his death (04Jan11).
Lynott rose to fame with the rock group in the 1970s and enjoyed numerous hits with the band before Thin Lizzy disbanded in 1983.
He went on to form Grand Slam in 1984, but the singer's career was cut short by his sudden death from heart failure and pneumonia in 1986 at the age of just 36.
Thin Lizzy subsequently reformed and are set to launch a new U.K. tour with a new line-up. They will mark the 25th anniversary of Lynott's passing with a gig at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday (04Jan11) and they have spoken out to mark the sad occasion by remembering their late friend.
Guitarist Scott Gorham says, "Twenty five years on and I still miss the guy. Hell, we all miss him. It's a major reason why we go out and play the songs. But standing next to him for 11 years through all the ups as well as the down periods always brings back memories, especially at this time of year... He was a good friend."
Drummer Brian Downey adds, "Phil songs bring back some special memories to me especially at this time of year. Cowboy Song instantly transports me back to when Phil and me were kids going to see the Lone Ranger or Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers at the Apollo Cinema in Dublin for Saturday afternoon cowboy matinees... An abundance of personal memories, Phil, 25 years on. Always sadly missed."
Keyboardist Darren Wharton says, "As the years go by, I think about Philip most days, and when I do, I whisper a quiet 'thank you' to myself. So now, as I look forward to seeing you all soon at the forthcoming concerts; as we honour and pay tribute to the genius of Phil Lynott, and the music of Thin Lizzy... as we take the stage, I'll whisper once again, 'Thank you for letting me be part of one of the best rock bands there ever was.'"
Sometimes you can see one but not the other.
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