Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott Celebrated With Film, Live Release

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Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy in Songs For While I’m Away

Thin Lizzy’s legacy is being celebrated with a simultaneous CD and film release. The band’s charismatic singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott is the focus of the film, Songs For While I’m Away, while Thin Lizzy are featured in the concert film, The Boys Are Back In Town Live At the Sydney Opera House October 1978. The paired collection arrived on June 24, 2022, via Mercury Studios. The set is available as a 2-DVD+CD and Blu-ray+DVD+CD. (The Lynott documentary is on the Blu-ray). Watch the trailer for the film and one of the performances below.

From the May 5 announcement: Songs For While I’m Away chronicles the life and music of Lynott, utilizing archival footage, interview snippets from the man himself, and music from both the Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott solo catalog.

Watch them perform the classic “The Boys Are Back in Town”

It also features conversations with Midge Ure (Ultravox / Thin Lizzy), Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Adam Clayton (U2), Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis & the News), James Hetfield (Metallica) and others, as well as Phil’s wife Caroline Taraskevics and daughters Sarah Lynott and Cathleen Lynott. It traces his 1950s’ upbringing as a Black boy in blue collar Dublin to his rise to fame.

The new version of The Boys Are Back In Town Live film presents the show in the highest quality that has been made available, with not only cleaned up video and remixed audio from multi tracks, but five additional songs from this set that have never been officially released (“Warriors,” “Don’t Believe a Word,” “Still in Love With You,” “Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed” and “Suicide”). This performance showcases the electricity of the band – Lynott, Gorham (guitar / background vocals), Gary Moore (guitar / background vocals), and Mark Nauseef (drums) – delivering their celebrated anthems, such as “Jailbreak,” “Bad Reputation,” “Me and the Boys” and the title track.

Watch their performance of “Bad Reputation” from the concert film

“Literally the best hard rock entertainer I’ve ever seen.” Watch the official trailer for Songs For While I’m Away

Related: Our feature on the band’s classic, “The Boys Are Back in Town”

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  1. Mopsy
    #1 Mopsy 8 May, 2022, 00:52

    One of the GREATEST!!! And, another amazing and talented singer, band leader, and overall person that we lost way too soon. This band and their talented leader were pure hard rock at its best! But I truly loved the songs on the softer side maybe even more because Phil wrote lyrics with depth and emotion.

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