Youghal Thin Lizzy Fans Roll Back The Years On Album Cover - By Christy Parker
A GROUP of Youghal music fans are dancing in the moonlight as a photograph of them as teenagers attending a Thin Lizzy concert in 1980 has resurfaced as the sleeve of a 70’s rock compilation album.
The twelve men are featured on the cover of The Boys Are Back In Town, a 3-cd box set named after one of the band’s hits. The album features 60 hit tracks by such legends as Queen, Rod Stewart, The Who, Lou Reed, Slade, Leonard Skynard and of course Thin Lizzy.
Bedecked in all-denim, Doc Martins and long-haired, most of them –if not all- travelled by minibus to City Hall on Sunday April 13th to enjoy the Cork leg of the band’s ‘Live & Dangerous’ World Tour. Youghal compatriot and a photography student at Crawford School of Art Michael Hussey, also attended and gathered them for a group shot. “I was using a Pentax SLR and shot it in black white,” he recalls.
On the 30th anniversary of the gig Michael posted the picture on the local news website youghalonline.com. Fast forward two years and Nigel Pearce of London Design Corporation is trawling online libraries for an iconic image to represent 70’s rock for Universal Music TV’s compilation set. “We had only a day left and nothing amongst the mods and rockers images of the time suited” says Nigel.
In desperation Nigel Googled ‘Thin Lizzy Fans’ and discovered the photo of the Youghal boys in town for that epic night. It was exactly what we wanted,” he enthuses. “It captures the moment in time perfectly. And appropriately they also share Thin Lizzy’s nationality. I contacted Michael and he was extremely helpful in negotiating use of the image.”
All of the twelve have been identified and are still living. While they vividly remember the occasion –who wouldn’t remember a Thin Lizzy gig?!- there is some discrepancy over the details. “I remember Phil Lynott shouting “Are You Ready? and opening with that song,” says Billy Lane, then 18. “No. I definitely remember they started with Got to Give it Up,” insists Gene Twomey, three years younger. As Phil might observe, sometimes you Don’t Believe a Word…..
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