Barack Obama - Phil Lynott's Mother Upset By Mitt Romney's Choice Of Thin Lizzy Tune
Phil Lynott's mother has objected to U.S. President Barack Obama's political opponent using the late Thin Lizzy star's music at last week's (ends31Aug12) Republican National Convention in Florida.
Mitt Romney's campaign leaders picked Thin Lizzy's The Boys Are Back in Town among the tracks played at the convention - and Philomena Lynott, 81, is not happy.
She insists her son would not have approved of the Republicans playing the song.
Lynott tells 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 (Romney) 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."
But Lynott insists President Obama is welcome to use her son's songs: "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."