Forty years of Rory Gallagher Rockpalast concert

Rory Gallagher and resonator guitar

Ah, it’s that time of the year again. End of the year, a time when we are settling scores and remember past times. But no one can forbid us to remember things that had happened before we were even born, right? Of course not.

So, 40 years ago, namely in 1977, one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Irish marvel Rory Gallagher had his famous Rockpalast appearance at the Grugahalle arena in Essen. The show followed a release of his album Calling Card.

But who is Rory Gallagher, the man who entered the Rolling Stones’ list as one of 100 greatest rock guitarists of all time? And on number 57, for that matter.

He was born in Ballyshannon, Ireland on March 2, 1948, in a family of music and art buffs. He got his first guitar at an early age and won a talent contest when he was only 12. And what did he do with the prize money? Bought himself his first electric guitar, of course.

In 1966, Gallagher formed the band Taste, but after they released three studio albums, Gallagher decided that he would be better off on his own. And that wasn’t a bad decision at all! After all, following the release of his second album, Melody Maker voted him International Top Musician of the Year. Oh, did I mention that in a voting he had beaten Eric Clapton? Yes, he was THAT good.

Rory Gallagher was on loan. From God. He died on 14 June 1995, at the age of 47, and the musical world lost yet another great talent at very early age. But hope is that Rory is somewhere out there, playing his Stratocaster for his Moonchild.

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