According to Guardian.co.uk, the mother of the late THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott has objected to the Mitt Romney campaign using the band’s music at last week’s Republican National Convention.
Philomena Lynott, 81, said her son would not have approved of the Republicans playing the THIN LIZZY classic song “The Boys Are Back In Town” at Romney‘s nomination as presidential candidate.
She told the 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 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.
“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, so to hear ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ being appropriated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their campaign against him is deeply upsetting.”
Other artists that have blasted the campaign include TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, RAGE AGAINT THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, Somali-Canadian artist K’naan and SILVERSUN PICKUPS, who objected to the campaign’s use of their song “Panic Switch”.
When vice presidential nominee Ryan listed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE as one of his favorites, despite their hardcore leftist leanings, Morello blasted the far-right Congressman in an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone.