RORY GALLAGHER'S life as the perpetual blues guitarist, always on the road, dedicated, serious, won't change, even though there's a film and a double live album doing the rounds now.

The Irish star is one of rock's most unlikely heroes. He got restless during his two-week summer break. Then just before leaving for his current six-week tour of the States he aimed a few
broadsides at the rock establishment.

He has nothing but contempt for the rock stars who hide away in their country mansions living on record company advances.

''Musicians who want to play go on the road," he says; "Mind you, we don't work as hard as people make out. We're just normal."

This attitude took him recently to London's Marquee for a steamy season of three solidly-packed nights; something he enjoyed more than all the grand tours.

"The trouble with doing two concert tours a year is that it becomes a royal occasion. I like to do the small clubs. It's bad when you get to the point where you only play big stadiums."

some of the clubs we do in the States are really small and very relaxed."

''Y'see the most valuable thing for me is just to get on the stage. There is more to music than just playing on a stage, but that's 99 per cent of it for me."

"What's the point of being a retired millionaire?, " he asks.

"The trend in the music business is towards Hollywood glamour - well, that's OK. Those people get wrapped up in their own enigma and become schizophrenic. Some of them can take it."

Naturally, Rory does no acting in the film which should be on general release this autumn. Tony Palmer- rock critic turned cinematographer - has made the story, Rory's Irish Tour, into a candid camera epic. Rory's pleased. He also denies that the release of a live album is a cop-out.

"There are 10 songs on two albums and the fourth side is a jam session. Also, half the material has not been recorded before and it's a document of the film."

Anyway, he wants to forget it now.

"I feel at the end of a certain patch or work. We all saw and heard too much of the film. Now I want to forget it on the road."

That road is a long one, but Rory reckons he's in a lucky position. After the American tour, there's a London gig, then a German tour, back to America, then Scandinavia, Spain, UK and an Irish tour....on and on.

"There's plenty of hard work: it's not a bowl of roses - it's all cake and honey. I've got an extra responsibility - I've got a lot to live up to."

Next time the band hits the UK, there'll be loads of new songs and possibly an extra keyboard to broaden the sound. But you won't hear synthesizers or wah wah pedals from this lot.

With characteristic purity, Rory sums it up: "If you've got an affinity for the blues, you like to keep it as simple as possible."

by Peter Harvey

from the 8/10/74 issue of RECORD and Radio MIRROR
reformatted by roryfan
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