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4th January 2017

phil lynott

Today, 4th January 2017, is the thirty-first anniversary of the great Phil Lynott's passing and the tributes and memories on social media have been relentless. Here's a selection of some that really tuoched us.

Famed producer Chris Tsangarides said the following on Facebook:

"It seems like a lifetime ago that my friend and mentor Phil Lynott passed away. He was a true inspiration and the definition of a rock star! I can only imagine what more we could have achieved had he lived. I still remember the sound of his voice and his dry humour.

"His wife Caroline once said to me that he must really love you. 'Why is that?' I replied? 'Because you're the only person that can get away with calling him Phil and not Phillip!' That still tickles me and It comforts me to know that there was a mutual love and respect for each other.

"My thoughts are with his mother, wife and daughters today. God bless my old friend, thanks for the faith you showed in allowing me to record your music! xx"

Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham, Phil's Thin Lizzy bandmate from 1974 onwards, also used Facebook to express his sentiments while BSR themselves posted a great shot of Phil and Scott from the Lizzy heyday.

Darren Wharton, Dare leader and Thin Lizzy keyboard player on four studio albums posted the following on behalf of his bandmates while Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali posted some excellent pictures of Phil:

D'Addario, the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings paid tribute with the following tweet while Universal Music Ireland also paid their respects:

The tributes came from far and wide with French politician Marine Le Pen and TV Channel RTE both posting their appreciations.

This is by no means a comprehensive collection of the postings made today, just a selection of some that caught our eye.

Together they state just how much Phil Lynott meant to everyone and how his music and memory will always be with us.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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