Philomena Lynott, the mother of the late, great Phil Lynott, has been speaking out to Irish music press about her anger at US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney using Thin Lizzy's music. Romney has been trying to pep up his image with a supposed enduring love of frat boy hard rock, citing AC/DC and Led Zep as favourites. However his use of the evergreen Thin Lizzy track The Boys Are Back in Town has drawn condemnation from lead singer Lynott's mum.
"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," she told 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."
The best-selling author continued
"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."
"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... A lot of fans and musicians are very angry about it and I can fully understand why."
In light of singer Dave Mustaine's recent accusations that Obama was behind the Aurora Batman Rises shootings, may we suggest that Romney would be better served using a spot of Megadeth...