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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Thin Lizzy in the running for rock's Hall of Fame

Brian Downey, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore – Thin Lizzy
Brian Downey, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore – Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time.

The late Phil Lynott's band are one of 16 acts on the shortlist for next year's ceremony, which also includes Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, and the Notorious B.I.G.

The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 2.

Ballot

To be eligible for the award, an artist or band must have released a first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.

The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with other ballots to choose the 2020 inductees.

From January 10, fans can go to Google and search Vote Rock Hall 2020 or any nominee name plus vote to cast a ballot with Google. Fans can also vote at rockhall.com

Thin Lizzy feature on a new set of stamps issued by An Post to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary.

An Post issued the two stamps in Dublin at a ceremony attended by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lyn-ott's daughters Sarah and Cathleen, his grandchildren and ex-wife Caroline.

Former manager Terry O'Neill said the accolade had come a year too early.

"They could have changed the dates. It was a simple thing to do," he said.

Dubliner Lynott died in January 1986 at the age of 36 from a heart attack foll- owing a drugs overdose.

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