Pete Townshend’s Disappointment About His Overdose With Phil Lynott Of Thin Lzzy
The Thin Lizzy co-founder Phil Lynott went through hard times when he was a child due to the problems in his family and his racial identity. The musician was the son of Philomena Lynott and Cecil Parris, who got separated after their short relationship, so Lynott grew up without seeing his father. Also, he couldn’t be with his mother after facing racism at school in Manchester, and Philomena sent him to his grandparents.
Thus, there’s no doubt that Lynott had a lonely childhood, which became one of the reasons behind his severe addiction problems. Even though he sought help through music and poetry, which made him very famous as a Thin Lizzy member, later Lynott used heroin for years, causing a severe crisis in his life. It’s not surprising that when someone spent a night with the singer, it would end up as an infamous incident, and one of them was The Who guitarist Pete Townshend.
What Happened To Pete Townshend When He Was With Phil Lynott
Unlike numerous rockstars who struggled with alcohol and drug abuse for years until they decided to get sober, Pete Townshend wasn’t famous for his substance addiction. However, the guitarist admitted that he had issues before and smoked marijuana for a while. He revealed that drinking helped him stay in the band because he wouldn’t want to be in it as a free soul during some of his previous interviews.
Although he didn’t define himself as a drug addict, there was an unforgettable moment in his life in which he overdosed in a London club when he was with Phil Lynott and The Jam’s Paul Weller. Townshend recalled that night, saying that he woke up with a needle in his arm and the Thin Lizzy vocalist was looking at him. Many people would expect he would regret using, but he had another thing in his mind.
The famous guitarist highlighted that he wasn’t in the headlines or front page of the newspapers after that dangerous near-death experience that he had with his fellow musicians. Probably, Weller and Lynott drew more significant attention from the media than Townshend’s situation. The Who icon described it as a disappointment because he thought the only overdose in his life would remain unknown.
In Townshend’s words, he said:
“I woke up with a needle in my arm and Phil standing there, looking at me passed out. Do you know what my big disappointment was? That I wasn’t on the front page of the newspaper the next day. I was in a club with Paul Weller and Phil Lynott, and it was the only time in my life I was ever going to overdose, and nobody knew!”
Sadly, Phil Lynott couldn’t get rid of his heroin addiction which seriously harmed his overall health for many years. In 1985, he collapsed because of heavily using alcohol and drugs, and later he couldn’t get well despite his efforts. The singer was also diagnosed with septicemia and passed away because of pneumonia and heart failure on January 4, 1986, at 36.