MONTREAL: It's the second straight North American tour in a row that
Rory Gallagher has opened here, and what better place? To
start with the Irish guitarist probably has as big a following here as
any place on the continent - as witness the large hall (8,000) he
opened in the Montreal Forum Concert Bowl, one of his biggest venues
to that the fact that it was very nearly sold out, and you have a big
night for local hungry Gallagher freaks.
Gallagher’s New York booking agency insisted on putting Rush, a third
group on the bill (Nazareth were second billed).
are a loud and obnoxious glitter group from Toronto who don't mind
having their name confused with Montreal's own successful Mahogany Rush.
set started slowly, built up briefly with “Bad, Bad Boy's” solid
riff-rock effectiveness (even though guitarist Manny Charlton’s slide
was a little off key), then sagged badly in the middle of the set.
the Scotsmen, who will record here soon, rallied well (thanks also to
dry Ice and Lighting
effects) with “Shanghai’d In
Shanghai” and “This Flight Tonight.”
started, of course, with “Messin’ With The Kid,” and even though it was
already nearly midnight, that didn't dampen his fans’ enthusiasm one
bit. A rush to the stage seemed imminent; “Tattoo'd Lady,” the
second number, made it a reality.
always, the energy level never let up as Rory ripped through a couple
of new tunes and blasted away on the likes of “Cradle Rock.”
man Lou Martin is a madman once you turn him loose on a solo, and, as
always, he gives Gallagher’s fingers a chance to rest once in a while.
good was Gallagher? Donald K. Donald, the concert's promoter and
the nation's largest impresario, turned to me a bit overawed and
said: “I’d give up my whole business just to manage that kid.” Bill Mann This
article comes from the November 23, 1974 issue of Melody Maker Thanks
to Brenda O'Brien for sharing and preparing this article Thanks
to Sistina Zeidler for the photo artwork used with the article reformatted