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AND HIS BAND
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
|DECEMBER||FRI 8||LEWISHAM ODEAN|
|SAT 9||BIRMINGHAM N.E.C.|
|SUN 10||LIVERPOOL EMPIRE|
|MON 11||NEWCASTLE CITY HALL|
|WED 13||EDINBURGH ODEAN|
|THU 14||GLASGOW APOLLO|
|FRI 15||MANCHESTER APOLLO|
|WED 27- SAT 30||DUBLIN THE STADIUM|
|SUN 31 - MON 1ST JAN||CORK ARCADIA|
|JANUARY||WED 3- SAT 6||BELFAST ULSTER HALL|
|TUE 9||BRISTOL COXTEN HALL|
|WED 10||BOURNEMOUTH WINTER GARDENS|
|FRI 12 - SUN 14||HAMMERSMITH ODEON|
|TUE 16||IPSWICH GAUMONT|
|WED 17||BRIGHTON DOME|
Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, he was playing his first real acoustic guitar (it replaced an earlier plastic one) by the time he was nine, regaling relatives with cowboy tunes and Irish folk songs. He remembers enjoying Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry, and getting into blues the traditional second-hand way; hearing Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie thiough skiffle player Lonnie Donegan. Rory joined an Irish show band at the age of fifteen while attending school because it was the only way at the time to play constantly and keep himself in guitars and amps.
With the Fontana Show Band, Rory was able to
tour England and Ireland and attune himself to life on the road (which
still doesn't faze him). After touring Europe with the show band's bass
player and drummer, Rory formed the original Taste in 1965, a legendary
Irish blues-based band featuring Eric Kitteringham on bass and Norman
Now Rory Gallagher is slap bang in the middle of his most traumatic year since he split up Taste as they were on the verge of touching their peak, back in 1970. Striving to realise his vast potential once and for all, Gallagher has decreed that 1978 is to be a year of drastic change.
To measure the meticulous with which Rory has been re-plotting his career, you have only to consider that his last album, " Calling Card", which in itself marked a slight change in musical direction, was realized in October 1976, two years ago.
Shortly after the final concert of that tour, a raucous event at the London Hammersmith Odeon, Gallagher took time off and made his momentous decision. The time had come, he felt, to make a clean sweep. Drummer Rod DeAth and keyboard player Lou Martin would be departing but bass player, Gerry McAvoy, who has been at Rory’s side since the split with Taste, was to be retained.
The new album, “Photo Finish”, was originally to be released almost a year ago and Rory had spent some time in California recording. Then came the news that the album would be delayed because Rory had damaged his hand in an accident.
The time came to re-record his new album and Rory searched for a producer. Eventually, he wisely decided on an engineer who could double as producer and there was no better man available for the job than fellow Irishman, Alan O’Duffy, who had gained invaluable experience working with Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. With that, band and producer! engineer, he headed for Germany. At the end of August Rory Gallagher completed recording ‘Photo-Finish” and this time was satisfied with the outcome.
The album is set for release on October 6th. There are nine brand new Rory Gallagher compositions on what will be viewed as a different album. Without shuffling the pack too much, Rory has injected a freshness and vitality in this new album. “Brute Force And Ignorance”, an oddly-twisting rocker that was featured on the last British tour, and the mellow, but forceful, “Fuel To The Fire”, will be seen as Gallagher classics with time.
But really, we shouldn't be too annoyed that Rory has fused so much over this new collection. He wants to put his recorded work on a par with the brilliance and electricity of his live performances.
He once said that being called “good old hard-working Rory” was nothing more than a back-handed compliment and with “Photo-Finish”, he proves that there is much more to his character than merely being a minstrel on tour for the rest of his life.
Rory Gallagher is a man with history,
with the pioneering days back in Ireland with Taste. In 1978, he is
to place himself on a new plateau and “Photo-Finish” could
just be the
perfect launching pad to open a new era for Gallagher, both as a
and a musician.
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