- 09 Mar 11
Legendary Irish music figure Frank Murray reflects on his years working with Thin Lizzy and his relationship with their iconic frontman.
A veteran among Irish music business veterans, Frank Murray knew Phil Lynott from the Black Eagles and Skid Row days, and as a longtime friend was obvious choice for the post of Thin Lizzy tour manager. In his capacity as boot camp sergeant and nursemaid, Murray oversaw Lizzy’s rise from promising one-hit wonders to one of the premier touring bands of the day. He was also the man charged with the sad task of stewarding Phil Lynott’s casket home in January 1986.
Following Thin Lizzy’s demise, Murray went on to handle on-the-road duties for Elton John and also took on the not inconsiderable task of managing The Pogues throughout their glory days, before heralding The Frames through their lean years (he proclaimed that band’s debut single ‘The Dancer’ as the finest Irish single since The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’). After four decades, Murray remains at the industry’s coalface, managing gruff-voiced rabble rouser and balladeer The Mighty Stef. He sat down with Hot Press in the last days of 2010 to reflect upon Phil Lynott’s legacy, and all points beyond.