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Monday 20 August 2018

Phil tribute to rock out O2

HE may be dead more than 26 years, but Phil Lynott can still sell out a show. The Diary can reveal how the highly acclaimed exhibition based on the fascinating life of the talented musician is going to feature in a major show in London next month.

Hosted last year in the Stephen's Green shopping centre, it garnered rave reviews from visitors around the world.

Now organisers have confirmed that it will open in the British Music Experience at the O2 in London from April 5 to June 24.

Entitled Still In Love With You -- The Philip Lynott Exhibition, it includes priceless guitars and musical equipment, along with tour jackets worn by the singer.

His personal diary is also in the exhibition, along with ancient school reports and copies of his shares in Manchester United Football Club and archive footage from Hot Press. Artists, including Bono (below left), Imelda May (left) and former bandmate Brian Downey, have paid tribute to him in audio-visual recordings.

Mum Philomena Lynott has said she's "thrilled" that the show is going across the water. "There is a huge feeling of goodwill out there towards Philip and so this is going to be an inspiring event -- not just for all of the people who loved my son and his music but for every fan and student of great music," she said.

It comes as Thin Lizzy have confirmed that they will be playing as special guests at the Guns N' Roses concert in Dublin's O2 on May 17.

Band member Scott Gorham said: "We just love getting on this tour , and we are already cooking up some plans with Richie and Axl for the encores. When we play Black Rose at the O2 in Dublin it's going to be extra special. And I mean extra special." Brian Downey added: "It is an honour to be asked to join this tour."

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