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Phil Lynott Remembered On 30th Anniversary Of His Death, With Space Elevator's Cover Of Thin Lizzy Track

22/12/2015 11:47 GMT | Updated 22/12/2015 11:59 GMT

It's been three decades since the rock world mourned the shock loss of one of their most beloved and influential songwriters and guitarists.

Phil Lynott was the founding member of Thin Lizzy, with whom he enjoyed hits 'The Boys are Back in Town', 'Jailbreak' and 'Waiting for an Alibi'. When Thin Lizzy disbanded, he teamed up with fellow guitarist Gary Moore for 'Out in the Fields' and went on to front another band, Grand Slam.

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Phil Lynott was celebrated as one of rock's 1970s pioneers

He died in January 1986, having struggled with addiction in his later years. His mother Philomena continues to visit his grave on a daily basis in Dublin, where he grew up, and she recently opposed US Republican candidate Mitt Romney's use of the song 'The Boys are Back in Town' for his campaign, saying her late son would not have supported anybody who was anti-gay rights.

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Space Elevator are releasing their tribute to Phil Lynott in aid of Action on Addiction

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his death, Space Elevator will release their version of Thin Lizzy's 'Don't Believe A Word' on 4 January 2016. All proceeds of the single will go to Action on Addiction, which has been working to find ever more effective ways of disarming addiction in individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. The charity is a national resource and in January 2012 HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became a patron.

You can download the track in advance here for £2.49 (3 track EP)

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