Grace’s memories of two Rory Shows
Cabaret Philadelphia, PA 6/22/85
Mustards Club Reading PA 6/29/85
show, with my good friend Bill Smith
my RORY RULES #1 poster.
this poster to Rory during his encore and he propped it up on a drum
mic stand, where it remained until the end of the show. (Unfortunately,
I was out of film, so there was no photo of this. I often wondered if
my poster made it back to Ireland and is now a part of a Rory art
there was a second show at the Chestnut Cabaret. I drove to the show
with four or five friends from Bensalem (near Northeast Philadelphia).
I believe it was a popular local rocker, John Eddie & the Front
Street Runners who opened for Rory. John had a tough gig because after
every song he received shouts of “Get off! You suck!” and “Rory! Rory!
Rory’s opening song was ‘Do You Read Me’. He was turned up for this gig
and came out for most of the encores as much as anyone as I've ever
seen! Bullfrog Blues was one of his last songs of the night. One hell
of a show I’ll never forget!
his Coral electric sitar
at Mean Mr. Mustards)
Rory Kicks ass again at Mean Mr. Mustards Club in
Another Jim Grace Rory
poster. This one was pried out of my
hands by a very drunk girl.
Note the $5, $7 ticket prices.
Unbelievably low prices
see the greatest ever!
My friend, Bill Smith
found out about this show and we got
the directions and drove up with another friend, Brett Nielson. It was a long
drive to Reading and by the time we got there, Rory was already
rocking. He was
in the middle of Mississippi Sheiks as we arrived. He was playing an
newer white guitar (not a Fender or Gibson…maybe a B.C.Rich or Dan
I taped this gig with a
very old Sony stashed in a shopping
bag. Later in the show, the tape ran out and I put the recorder back in
car. This was unfortunate because Rory played a Chuck berry song,
Queenie' during the encore. The only time I ever heard Rory do a Chuck