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Old 01-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This thread is dedicated to one of the greatest guitar players ever to grace our ears in my opinion.

I got most of this info from a booklet from one of his albums, but it sums up everything i want to say about him better than I ever would have.







Put at its simplest, Rory Gallagher was one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived. If that sounds like a bold statment to make, just ask his peers. Among those who cite him as a major influence on their playing are U2's the Edge, Slash , Johnny Marr, Gary Moore, Glenn Tipton and Brian May. Among the first to pay tribute to him after his untimely death was Jimmy page, while Eric Clpaton described him as " the man who got me back into the blues". Bono too offered fulsome but genuinely heartfelt praise, describing him as " one of the top ten guitar players of all time, but more importantly one of the top ten good guys".


His influence on such a diverse bunch of musicians alone earns him his place in the rock pantheon. But it wasn't only other guitar players who revered Rory's guitar playing. He many have been a " musician's musician" but he was also " the people's guitarist and the honesty and integrity of his music generated an enviably large and devoted fan base. At the height of his fame he was voted musician of the year in 1972 in the annual melody maker poll, dethroning none other than Eric Clapton.




His music was firmly rooted in the blues and in rock n roll as well as incorporated jazz, folk and Celtic influences. He died in 1995 from liver failure, at his funeral they played a million miles away. We surely will never see his like agian but his music lives on.

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Old 01-02-2012, 04:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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am a mild fan

i like the Irish folk songs he made into blues rock
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+1 to everything.

Glad to have "discovered" him.
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+1 to everything.

Glad to have "discovered" him.
Glad you like him.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Rory was one of the most honest and down-to-earth musicians of the last century. I was lucky enough to see him play in a small venue (SFX Hall Dublin) and the tickets were five Irish Pounds, worth ten times that. A no-frills, no-effects man who seriously let the music do the talking for him, never bigged himself up or other musicians down, and who, I think I'm right in saying, no-one has ever had a bad word to say about.

A sad loss, untimely and cruel. And an Irishman to the core!

Go raibh maith agat, Rory!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Rory was one of the most honest and down-to-earth musicians of the last century. I was lucky enough to see him play in a small venue (SFX Hall Dublin) and the tickets were five Irish Pounds, worth ten times that. A no-frills, no-effects man who seriously let the music do the talking for him, never bigged himself up or other musicians down, and who, I think I'm right in saying, no-one has ever had a bad word to say about.
Yes, I liked that about him too, when I saw him play in an old converted London cinema; he just seemed like a regular guy and he really worked hard on stage. He was wearing one of his trade-mark checked shirts, and when I looked across at the audience sitting in their cinema seats, about a third of them were waving scarves and wearing checked shirts too. It seemed like there was a special bond between him and his fans.
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Absolutely. Rory was the kind of guy that you could imagine meeting in the bar after a gig and he'd just talk to you like a normal guy. No cult of personality, no barrier between him and the fans. No logos, no image, and his band was always the very basic rock/blues combo. Not only that, but anyone who played with him seemed fiercely loyal to him and really seemed to enjoy themselves: never looked like there was any strain or battling egos or anything like that, just guys enjoying rocking out, and digging the fact that others were enjoying what they were doing.

Pretty unique really: we won't see his like again.
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Absolutely. Rory was the kind of guy that you could imagine meeting in the bar after a gig and he'd just talk to you like a normal guy. No cult of personality, no barrier between him and the fans. No logos, no image, and his band was always the very basic rock/blues combo. Not only that, but anyone who played with him seemed fiercely loyal to him and really seemed to enjoy themselves: never looked like there was any strain or battling egos or anything like that, just guys enjoying rocking out, and digging the fact that others were enjoying what they were doing.

Pretty unique really: we won't see his like again.
Well, I suspect that does make him unique, Trollheart !

When I saw PoorOldPo`s post of Cradle Rock, I was hoping for the live version which is the opening track of the Irish Tour album; have you heard that one ? If you want an example of a lone guitar hero coming out on stage and instantly blowing everyone away, that track takes some beating.




^ I`m posting this album cover because the one fan who gets his face on the cover ( bottom right), was actually a good friend of mine at the time ! By association, am I cool or what ?!
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