The Story Of Thin Lizzy Singer Phil Lynott’s Decline

For many artists, the story of misfortune and hardship often begins during childhood and spreads through adulthood. Sometimes the baggage they can’t let go of ultimately provokes them to try to numb their pain with substances that threaten their lives. The case was no different for Phil Lynott since he was the son of an Irish mother and a Brazilian father, which caused the singer to question his racial identity.

After his parents’ separation, he grew up without a father, and the discrimination and racism he faced in Manchester encouraged his mother to send him to his grandparents. The singer, who came from a broken family, turned to music and wrote lyrics to feel less alone, and before he knew it, he decided to pursue a musical career.

The singer settled on his musical journey in Thin Lizzy in the early ‘70s. Although their debut album didn’t perform that well, they were starting to slowly but surely build a fanbase. The band’s breakthrough came with their fourth album ‘Fighting,’ which became their first record to hit the charts in the UK. However, their sixth studio album, ‘Jailbreak,’ became a worldwide hit with ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ single. The band’s success carried on for several more years with a few more albums.

The success train doesn’t last long for many bands in the industry. Similarly, Thin Lizzy’s fanbase ultimately lost interest, and the band started to become irrelevant. Their album sales began dropping with albums such as ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Renegade.’ By the end, with so many line-up changes in between and the resignation of longtime manager Chris O’Donnell, Phil Lynott announced their farewell with their last album, ‘Thunder and Lightning.’ They made their separation official by doing a farewell tour, and Lynott went on his solo journey a few years later.

With sales plummeting and commercial fame becoming a memory from the past, Lynott, who had previously used drugs, came to rely more on them; he started to struggle with keeping up with the band’s live performances. The singer, who already had a troubling past, probably felt a vast void, and the decision to disband added to his need to numb the pain.

The singer, admired by so many, couldn’t battle his addiction to heroin, and in 1985, his physical health had been significantly impacted by heavy drinking and substance use. He couldn’t recover despite his efforts. The singer got diagnosed with septicemia and, a year later, at 36, passed away due to pneumonia and heart failure.