THIN LIZZY / BLACK STAR RIDERS Frontman RICKY WARWICK Pays Tribute To PHILOMENA LYNOTT, Recalls Their First Meeting - "I Was Beside Myself With Nerves"
June 14, 2019, 12 days ago
Philomena Lynott, the mother of the Thin Lizzy's late frontman Phil Lynott, has passed away at 88 years of age, following an extensive battle with cancer.
Says Thin Lizzy: "A beautiful lady who endured a lot in her life but made the best of everything and was loved by all who met her. She will be very sadly missed. Rest In Peace Philomena."
Ricky Warwick, who has been fronting the band since 2009, spoke with Eddie Trunk on the June 12th broadcast of SiriusXM's Trunk Nation about Philomena Lynott. He recapped his first meeting with her, sying "she was so gracious and such a fantastic woman." Check ou the story below.
According to Hot Press, Philomena – who came to national prominence when her memoir My Boy became a #1 bestseller, was often described as Ireland’s greatest rock star.
Philomena had been battling with cancer for the past number of years. However, she had made the decision not to go through the full rigours of chemotherapy. She knew that the condition was terminal and lived with that awareness in recent times, managing the illness as best she could with great bravery, with the support of her best friend and closest confidante and ally Graham Cohen.
Philomena’s extraordinary life story was told in the book My Boy, written with Jackie Hayden and published by Hot Press Books. It was a two-time #1 best seller. After leaving school, she departed from Dublin to work in England. However, her plans were forever changed when she discovered she was pregnant with Philip, whose father was Cecil Parris, from Guyana. Philomena gave birth to Philip in a hospital in West Bromwich, beginning a turbulent phase of her life, during which she would have two more children, Philomena (born March 1951) and Leslie (born June 1952) – the full story behind which was revealed for the first time in the second edition of My Boy, published – again by Hot Press Books – in 2011. Philip, of course, came to Dublin while still a young boy, and went on to become one of Ireland’s most revered songwriters and musicians in a series of bands from The Black Eagles to Thin Lizzy, and finally Grand Slam, and as a solo artist.
Philomena Lynott was a formidable woman.
She championed the music of her son, spoke candidly about her life and what it meant to be a young mother, and maintained a close connection with Thin Lizzy fans even after Phil had passed on.
One of a kind. https://t.co/iEYYh882zi
— Hot Press (@hotpress) June 12, 2019