Happy birthday, Philo

Phillip Parris (Philo) Lynott would be 67, if he’d lived. His birthday was celebrated two days ago and I posted a notice on my Facebook page. As a former music journalist, our paths crossed quite often but the first time I came across him was in 1972 when Thin Lizzy, then an unknown Irish rock band, played in our school hall. Myself and a friend were running the soft drinks concession. Several years later, I worked on the security at a show Thin Lizzy headlined in Dublin in 1977, supported by Boomtown Rats, graham Parker and The Rumour and Aswad. This photograph was taken outside the Bailey bar in Dublin, one of Philo’s regular haunts. It was August 1985, a week after his birthday and a little over four months before his tragic death on January 4, 1986.

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