If you think that Bono was Ireland's first 'rock-god', think again - Phil Lynott was and still is a pin-up and an inspiration to pretty much anyone who has either wielded a bass-guitar or fallen in love with rock or metal.
Lynott's Thin Lizzy, who are still playing live and are set to support Guns n' Roses on their UK tour in May (tickets are still available), traversed the chasm between radio-friendly soft-rock ('Whiskey in the Jar') and energetic power-metal ('The Boys Are Back in Town'), achieving considerable mainstream success to boot.
After a decade of back-to-back hits that also included 'Waiting For an Alibi' and 'Dancin' in the Moonlight', Phil Lynott attempted a solo career in the '80s, scoring a modest success with 'Solo in Soho' and later co-composing the Top of the Pops theme 'Yellow Pearl' (with Ultravox's Midge Ure). But it's the image of Ireland's first black rock star that has proven timeless, as well as Thin Lizzy's obvious musical heritage, plenty of which has been archived as part of the successful exhibition that is set to start a new ten-week residency in London.
Still in Love With You - The Phil Lynott Exhibition, previously based in Dublin for EIGHT successful months, is now set to be transferred to London's British Music Experience at the O2 complex. Beginning on 5th April 2012 and running until 24th June, the acclaimed exhibition gathers together the Irishman's guitars, flight cases, tour jackets, personal diary excerpts, dozens of very rare and unique ephemera, as well as video-tributes from the likes of Bono and Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy. Phil was also a very artistic man away from the microphone - several examples of his poetry will also be on display (some unseen since the '70s).
We have tickets available now - admission to the Phil Lynott Exhibition costs £8.