Facebook.com/ThinLizzyOfficialLast week, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took to the stage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, as the Thin Lizzy classic "The Boys Are Back in Town" was played. However, late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott's mother, Philomena, says her son would not have been very pleased that members of the Republican Party were using his music to help promote Mitt Romney's bid for the presidency.
"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 says in an interview with Hot Press. "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to *** marriage and to civil unions for ***s makes him anti-*** -- which is not something that Philip would have supported."
She notes that the famed Irish singer/bassist "had some wonderful *** friends," adding that "they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States."
Philomena also suggests that her son wouldn't be supportive of Ryan's advocacy of "taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich."
In addition, the 81-year-old Lynott matriarch maintains that she wouldn't want Phil's compositions "to be used in any way that could hurt a single person," adding that that's what she considers the playing of "The Boys Are Back in Town" at the Republican event constitutes.
Philomena also suggests that her son, "as a proud, black Irishman," likely would have been more sympathetic to President Barack Obama. She says that she personally has "a lot of time" for Obama, and finds Romney and Ryan's appropriation of "The Boys Are Back in Town" for their campaign "deeply upsetting."
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