✝ Phil Lynott (20.08.1949-04.01.1986)
✝ Gary Moore (04.04.1952-06.02.2011)
Despite a huge hit single in the mid-'70s («The Boys Are
Back in Town») and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans,
Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of '70s rock bands, underappreciated. Formed in the late '60s by Irish singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott,
Lizzy, though not the first band to do so, combined romanticized
working-class sentiments with their ferocious, twin-lead guitar attack. As
the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent
writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas
of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually
all of the Irish literary tradition.
Also, as a black man, Lynott was an
anomaly in the nearly all-white world of hard rock, and as such imbued much
of his work with a sense of alienation; he was the outsider, the romantic
guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn
and downtrodden. His sweeping vision and writerly impulses at times gave way
to pretentious songs aspiring to clichéd notions of literary significance,
but Lynott's limitless charisma made even the most misguided moments worth
Since the mega-popular alternative rock bands of the mid-'90s appropriated
numerous musical messages from their '70s forebears, the work of Phil Lynott
and Thin Lizzy will hopefully continue to be seen for the influential rock &
roll it is.
Concert photography: © Helge Øverås. Must not be used without permission.