THIN LIZZY Guitarist Wants Phil Lynott Statue Erected In Birmingham
February 22, 2006, 10 years ago
The Irish Post (www.irishpost.co.uk) has issued the following report:
The lead guitarist with Irish band THIN LIZZY has called for a statue of the group’s legendary frontman to be erected in Birmingham.
Scott Gorham wants a bronze of the late Phil Lynott to be erected in the city of the singer’s birth as a permanent memorial.
His call comes just months after a statue of the hard-living Irish rock star was erected in Harry Street in Dublin.
Scott said it would be a fitting tribute to the Irish singer, born in the West Midlands, who died of a drugs overdose in 1986.
Long-serving guitarist Scott Gorham has kept the Lizzy legend alive since the death of Lynott. The band (also featuring singer/guitarist John Sykes) are still touring successfully.
The 54-year-old guitarist said: “There are too many boring old statues of politicians, soldiers and members of the royal family in Britain.“These mean nothing to the average working Joe.”
Phil Lynott was born in the General Hospital at West Bromwich in 1948.
His Brazilian father left Phil’s Irish mother Phyllis just three weeks after the birth.
When he was four, he and his mother moved to Dublin and Phil was looked after by his grandmother, Sarah.
Thin Lizzy found worldwide fame in the 1970s with the songs 'Whiskey In The Jar' and 'The Boys Are Back In Town'.