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Brendan 'Brush' Shiels reveals pal Phil Lynott crashed his honeymoon

Published 25/03/2014 | 07:46

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Dublin rocker Brendan 'Brush' Shiels has many memories of the jamming sessions with his late pal Phil Lynott.

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But it is the memory of the Thin Lizzy legend gatecrashing his honeymoon that will always stand out in the performer's mind.

To this day, Shiels (right), who helped to set up the popular 60s rock-blues band Skid Row, said that himself and his wife Margaret still laugh at the memory of their week-long trip to Manchester back in 1969, courtesy of Phil's mother Philomena.

"We had no money and Phil's mum had a hotel in Manchester so we went there for our honeymoon," Shiels told the Herald. "I don't think the missus was very happy. I ended up playing with a band for the week and Phil would take Margaret out to dance."

The couple marked 45 years together last January and Shiels remarked: "We're still the best of pals."

The 68-year-old enjoyed a special live performance last night where he recalled iconic moments in his rock history.

Shiels, who has been credited with taking Lynott under his wing back in the 1960s, said even his fans were surprised that he was still standing when they came to see him.

Shiels has had a colourful career, including being managed twice by boyband mentor Louis Walsh.

Shiels, who has been on stage since the early '60s, was rushed to hospital in October 2012 after suffering heart failure.

"I always look forward to performing -- I'm surprised to be still alive," Shiels said.

His show, From Rose Tynan to Skid Row, opened in Dublin's Pearse Theatre last night and will continue tonight.

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