EVENING POST SPECIAL PUBLICATION OFFICIAL PROGRAMME READING ROCK ‘76
LOOK out, Rory’s back in town – and
heading for Reading Rock Festival 1976.
It’s going to be a great weekend with
Rory and the top bands from America like Black Oak Arkansas and Ted
Nugent – plus Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Colosseum II and a whole host
of others. So get ready – it’s time to ROCK ‘76.
See Rory and Live
COME Saturday night he’ll probably be
wearing his faithful jeans and a lumberjack shirt.
He’s had his hair cut once or twice,
but Rory Gallagher still retains the rough and ready stomping approach
of ‘69. The baby‑faced Irishman is a Jekyll and Hyde, off‑stage
mild‑mannered and quiet ‑ on‑stage a demon, second only to Page for
This will be Rory’s second Reading
Festival appearance. In 1973 the crowd virtually dragged him back
“When I listen to something, I like to
be taken out of my seat and thrown across the room,” he says. ”I
like guts, a good drive, which can include gentle stuff too. If it
sounds good and feels good that’s it.”
Rory’s talents first emerged when he was a child
in Ireland giving renditions of songs by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to
the strains of a plastic guitar. He lashed out £4.50 on his
first real guitar and started playing in school groups. Turning
professional meant that he had to join a showband, so he served his
apprenticeship with the Fontana Showband.
He developed a liking for Lonnie
Donnegan, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly and he later went across to
Hamburg leaving the showband for the delights of hard rock.
He formed a band called Taste who recorded two albums for Polydor
before splitting up. After that Rory recorded an album simply
titled Rory Gallagher and the stage was set for a promising solo
With Wilgar Campbell on drums and
Gerry McAvoy on bass, Rory went on to record Deuce and Live in Europe.
The band visited America for the first
time in 1971 and although way down the bill made a suitably large
impression. Wilgar Campbell was later replaced by Rod de’Ath and
since then the band line‑up has remained stable.
The Blueprint, Tattoo and Irish Tour
‘74 albums have followed in quick succession. The latter was the
sound track to a film which is still doing the rounds.
His latest album is Against the Grain
and while all his LPs have sold in good quantities not one has captured
the full excitement of Rory on stage. He’s essentially a live
performer and has to be seen to be believed. From
the Official Programme of the 1976 Reading Festival
Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing this article
reformatted by roryfan