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Phil Lynott’s family “really upset” that Thin Lizzy music is being used for the Romney / Ryan campaign

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Apparently Philomena Lynott, mother of sorely missed Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, feels that her son would not appreciate the recent use of her son’s band’s music…

Republican vice-Presidential runner Paul Ryan arrived on stage at the Republican National Convention last week to the strains of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town‘, a Thin Lizzy hit from the band’s 1976 album Jailbreak, written by Philip Lynott. Ryan has tried to give an edge of rock ‘n’ roll rebellion to the Romney ticket by talking up his love of music from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin. However, Philomena Lynott – herself a best-selling author – rejected the association of her son’s music with the Republican Party cause.

“I am really upset at Philip’s music being used in Mitt Romney’s campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of… 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 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. -[HotPress]

Paul Ryan also says Rage Against the Machine are one of his favorite bands, but “doesn’t listen to the lyrics.” Dude just likes to rock.

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