Queen drummer Roger Taylor has been celebrating rock star friend’s birthdays over the last couple of days. Yesterday he wished retired Queen bassist John Deacon a Happy 69th Birthday. And today the 71-year-old has paid tribute to late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, who would have been the same age as Taylor today.
Posting a snap of himself with Phil back in their hey day, Taylor wrote on his Instagram: “Happy birthday dear Phil Lynott.
“A great loss to rock n roll. Rog.” Thin Lizzy had been the opening act for Queen’s A Day at the Races North American tour in 1977.
Back in 1969 bassist and vocalist Phil Lynott co-founded Thin Lizzy with drummer Brian Downey.
After finding success in the 1970s with hits like Whiskey in the Jar and The Boys Are Back In Town, the Irish rock band embarked on several world tours.
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However, by the early 1980s, Thin Lizzy was struggling commercially and Lynott had become addicted to heroin.
Then in 1983, Lynott disbanded the group, but the frontman continued to perform and write music for the rest of his life.
And in 1985, he discussed the possibility of reforming Thin Lizzy in his final interviews.
However, on Christmas Day that year, he collapsed at home, having continued to struggle with drugs and alcohol dependency.
Taken to hospital, Lynott was diagnosed with septicaemia.
Despite regaining consciousness, he tragically died of pneumonia and heart failure due to the condition on January 4, 1986 at the age of just 36-years-old.
Since his untimely death, Lynott’s legacy has lived on through his music and Thin Lizzy reforming later that year for a one-off performance.
The band reformed again in 2012, but under the name Black Star Riders as they didn’t feel they could reform properly as Thin Lizzy without Lynott.
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Back in 2017, Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham told Express.co.uk about the decision.
The 69-year-old said: “It seemed like in every interview I was asked, ‘When are Thin Lizzy going to do more material?’
“To do a Thin Lizzy album without Phil on there would just seem incredibly wrong.
“So we decided to pick a new name, write new songs, get a deal and see what happens.”
With the transition from Thin Lizzy, who still occasionally reform for one-off gigs, to Black Star Riders, we asked Gorham how he felt about today’s rock music scene after over 40 years in the business.
He said: “There’s a lot of amazing players out there, very cool guys who’ve come up with a lot of great things.
“Probably the only beef that I have is too many bands are trying to sound like each other.
“Back when Phil [Lynott] and I were [performing], that was last thing you wanted – to sound like anybody else.”
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