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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:07 PM
I have been a fan of Rory's since 1971. My fondest memories of him were riding around with my friends during the 70's and 80's drinking,smoking and listening to all of his stuff on 8-Track. I loved his gimmicks...just flat out Blues and Rock.
I was so shocked when he died, it broke my heart. I still love his music and the memories he and his music gave to me

Rory Gallagher (2 March 194814 June 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, grew up in Cork City in the south of Ireland. He is best known for his tenure in Taste and his solo work.

Life and works

Gallagher's first bands were showbands which played the popular hits of the day. In 1965 he turned The Impact into an R'n'B group which played gigs in Ireland and Spain.

He formed Taste in 1966, but the line-up which became legendary was formed in 1967, featuring his guitar and vocals, the jazz-tinged drumming of John Wilson and intricate bass playing of Richard McCracken. Recordings of the earlier version of Taste are still available and it's interesting to compare Gallagher's rudimentary guitar playing to the virtuosity that became evident fairly soon after in the later Taste.This was the group who released two studio albums, Taste and On the Boards, and made two live recordings, Live at Montreux and Live at the Isle of Wight. The latter appeared a long time after the band broke up at that same Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. A legend of blues music, Gallagher played with many of the genre's biggest stars, including collaboration with Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis on their respective London Sessions in the mid 70s and Gallagher received invitations to jam with The Rolling Stones following the loss of their lead guitarist Mick Taylor, and Canned Heat after the departure of The Eagle.

After the demise of Taste, Gallagher toured under his own name, hiring bass player Gerry McAvoy to play on his first eponymous 'solo' album (a relationship that would last twenty years on the road) and Wilgar Campbell on drums.

The 1970s were Gallagher's most prolific period. He produced ten albums in that decade, including two live albums, Live in Europe and Irish Tour '74 which for many captured best his bands' raw and naturally dynamic qualities.[citation needed]. 1972 saw the debut of the album "Deuce" which is essential 3 piece R&B.

The classic line-up is widely considered to be with Rod De'Ath on drums and Lou Martin on keyboards between 1973 and 1978. Other release highlights from that period include Against the Grain and the jazz tinged Calling Card album, assisted in production by Roger Glover (bassist with Deep Purple) and the hard blues-rocking Photo Finish and Top Priority albums with Ted McKenna on drums.

In the 1980s he continued recording, albeit at a slower pace, producing "Jinx", "Defender", and "Fresh Evidence". These albums progressed towards a more mature blues style. After "Fresh Evidence", he embarked on a successful tour of the United States, introducing his music to a new generation of listeners.

In 2003 Wheels Within Wheels a collection of acoustic tracks was released posthumously by Gallagher's brother Donal Gallagher. Collaborators on this album included Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, The Dubliners and Lonnie Donegan.

He played and recorded what he said was "in me all the time, and not just something I turn on ...". Though he sold over thirty million albums world wide it was his marathon live performances that won him greatest acclaim. His passion and skill for the blues is well documented in the 1974 film Irish Tour '74 directed by Tony Palmer.

In 1972 he was voted Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year, dethroning Eric Clapton. His album Live in Europe has been a big selling album not only in Ireland but also internationally. Generally regarded as one of the most influential guitarists ever, many of today's top musicians, including The Edge from U2, Slash of Guns N' Roses fame, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, and Brian May of Queen cite Gallagher as an inspiration in their formative musical years. It is also well documented that the Rolling Stones auditioned Gallagher among a number of other guitarists for the band in the 1970s.

While residing primarily in London during his professional career, Gallagher lived for a time in Belgium.

Gallagher's health and his ability to perform were increasingly compromised by excessive use of alcohol combined with drugs that had been prescribed to alleviate his anxiety of flying. From the late 1980s, he suffered increasingly poor health yet he continued touring. By the time of his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands, he was visibly unwell. A liver transplant became necessary and was nearly successful, but just before being discharged from the hospital, a MRSA developed. He quickly worsened and died in London on 14 June 1995. Gallagher never married and had no children.

Rory's Stratocaster

Gallagher was always associated with his well-worn sunburst 1961 Stratocaster, which his brother Donal has officially retired. It was reputedly the first in Ireland, ordered by a showband member who changed his mind about the colour. Gallagher bought it for just shy of 100 at Crowley's Music Store on Cork's McCurtain Street. The guitar was extensively modified by Gallagher. The tuning pegs, for a start, are odd (5 Sperzels and one Gotoh) and all of these have been found to be replacements. Secondly, it is thought that the nut has been replaced and interchanged a number of times. Thirdly, the scratchplate was changed during Gallagher's time with Taste. Another change was the pickups of which none are original. The final modification was that of the wiring. Gallagher disconnected the bottom tone pot and rewired so he had just a master tone control along with the master volume control. He also installed a 5-way selector switch in place of the vintage 3-way one. The most notable effect that years of touring have had is the almost complete removal of the guitar's sunburst finish, partly through being left out in the rain in a ditch for days after being stolen. Other quirks include a 'hump' in the scratch plate which moves the neck pickup closer to the neck on the bass side and a replacement of all of the pickups, though this replacement was due to damage rather than a perception of a tonal inadequacy. Reproductions of the guitar have recently been sold by Fender, though with smaller frets and lower action than the original

Other Instruments

Gallagher owned a number of other instruments, including:

Coral Sitar Purchased for $2000 in Florida by Donal Gallagher. Used on the song "Philby" in 1979.

Danelectro Silvertone This guitar was bought for $15 from a pawnshop. It was often used in Gallagher's live set to play "Cradle Rock" and "A Million Miles Away".

Fender Esquire This guitar dating to 1959 was heavily modified. It started off as a stock Esquire in cream and ended up as a black Telecaster. At one point in between, Gallagher put a Strat pickup in the middle position and added a 5-way selector.

Fender Telecaster (1967) This was very similar to the Esquire after the Esquire had undergone all of its modifications. It can be seen in action on Gallagher's Live at Rockpalast DVD in the song "Bullfrog Blues".

Acoustic Guitars His main acoustic guitar was a Martin D-35. In his later years, he used an Electro-Acoustic Takamine (a prototype model given to him by Takamine while he was touring Japan) that was much easier to amplify in a live context.

Martin Mandolin This was used most famously in Gallagher's joint effort with Lonnie Donegan, "Goin' To My Hometown".

National Resonator (1932) Gallagher used this to play blues standards and acoustic sets and often used a heavy steel slide with it.

Other Instruments Gallagher also played the saxophone, showcased on the song "On The Boards" by Taste, and harmonica which can be heard on the Taste song "I'm Not Surprised".


* On 25 October 1997 a tribute sculpture to Gallagher was unveiled in the newly renamed Rory Gallagher Place (formerly St. Paul's St. Square) in Cork. The sculptor was a childhood friend of Rory, Geraldine Creedon. The two had grown up together in the McCurtain Street area of the city.
* A pub in Cork City at 32 McCurtain Street was named "Gallaghers" in his memory.
* Comic book artist Timothy Truman is also a fan, and GrimJack #4: Legacy has a cover and story line utilizing Gallagher's image.
* There is a Rory Gallagher Exhibition located in Ballyshannon, Ireland which contains a detailed history of his life and many items of memorabilia.
* There are a number of Rory Gallagher tribute bands, many of whom perform at the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon.
* A theatre in Ballyshannon has been renamed as the Rory Gallagher Theatre.
* There is a Rory Gallagher Corner at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin.
* A life-size bronze statue in the shape of his Stratocaster has been installed at Rory Gallagher Corner in Dublin's Temple Bar. Some of those who attended the unveiling include The Edge of U2 and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
* In 2004 the Rory Gallagher Music Library was opened in Cork. [2]
* A street in Paris was renamed Rue Rory Gallagher.
* The French town of Bedoin in Vaucluse at the base of Mont Ventoux has a street named after Rory Gallagher in the old town "Impasse Rory Gallagher"
* Irish musician Pierce Turner released a tribute song "The Ballad of Rory Gallagher" on his album "The boy to be with".
* Irish musician John Spillane released a tribute song "A Song For Rory Gallagher" on his album "Hey Dreamer".

Taste- "Gambling Blues" ( Live-isle of wight)

Taste "Sugar Mama" (live 1969)

Taste "Blister on the Moon" (live 1969)

Taste "Sinner Boy" Isle of Wight

Taste "It's Happened Before" Rory plays the Sax !!!

Rory Gallagher - "In Your Town"

Rory Gallagher - Moonchild

Rory Gallagher - Messin with the kid

Rory Gallagher - Shadow Play

Rory Gallagher "Philby"

Rory Gallagher - "Tattoo'd Lady"

Rory Gallagher - Mississippi Sheiks

Rory Gallagher, "Walk On Hot Coals" Live On Old Grey The Whistle Test

Rory Gallagher "Secret Agent"

Rory Gallagher "Calling Card"

Rory Gallagher - Out on the Western Plain

Rory Gallagher-"Used to Be"

Rory Gallagher "A Million miles Away

Rory Gallagher - "For the Last Time"

Rory Gallagher - "Hands Up"

Rory Gallagher - "I Take What I Want"

Rory Gallagher-"Wayward child"

Rory Gallagher - "Who's That Coming" (Irish Tour 1974)

Rory Gallagher/Jack Bruce - "Politican"

Rory Gallagher - "Off The Handle"

Rory Gallagher - "Follow Me"

Rory Gallagher - "Bullfrog Blues"

Rory Gallagher plays "Can't Be Satisfied" Acoustic

Rory Gallagher - "Walkin' Blues" Acoustic

Rory Gallagher "Souped up Ford"

Rory Gallagher "Bought and Sold"

Rory Gallagher "Shinkicker"

Rory Gallagher "Sinner Boy"

Rory Gallagher - "I Wonder Who"

Rory Gallagher - "Do You Read Me"

Rory Gallagher - maybe his last TV session 1994

Rory Gallagher - "Tore Down"

Rory Gallagher - "Garbage Man"

Rory Gallagher "I Could Have Had Religion"

Rory Gallagher - Texas 1985 interview

Rory Gallagher - 1976 interview, Part 1

Rory Gallagher - 1976 interview, Part 2

Rory Gallagher - 1976 interview, Part 3


* Rory Gallagher - 1971

* Deuce - 1971

* Live In Europe - 1972

* Blueprint - 1973

* Tattoo - 1973

* Irish Tour - 1974

* Against the Grain - 1975

* Calling Card - 1976

* Photo-Finish - 1978

* Top Priority - 1979

* Stage Struck - 1980

* Jinx - 1982

* Defender - 1987

* Fresh Evidence - 1990

* BBC Sessions - 1999

* Let's Go To Work - 2001

* Meeting With The G-Man - 2003


* The Story So Far - 1974
* In The Beginning - 1975
* Sinner... and Saint - 1975 (previously from Rory Gallagher and Deuce)
* Take It Easy Baby - 1976
* A Blue Day For The Blues - 1995
* Last of the Independents - 1995
* Etched In Blue - 1998
* Wheels Within Wheels - 2003
* Big Guns: The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher - 2005
* Live At Montreux - 2006


* Irish Tour 1974 - 2000
* At Rockpalast - 2004
* The Complete Rockpalast Collection - 2005
* Live at Cork Opera House - 2006
* Live In Montreux - 2006

Guest appearances

* The London Muddy Waters Sessions - Muddy Waters - 1972
* The Session - Jerry Lee Lewis - 1973
* Drat That Fratle Rat - Chris Barber - 1974
* London Revisited - Muddy Waters - 1974
* Gaodhal's Vision - Joe O'Donnell - 1977
* Live - Albert King - 1977
* Tarot Suite - Mike Batt - 1978
* Jammin` With Albert - Albert Collins & The Icebreakers - 1983
* Box of Frogs - Box of Frogs - 1984
* Strangeland - Box of Frogs - 1986
* The Scattering - The Fureys and Davey Arthur - 1989
* Out of the Air - Davy Spillane - 1989
* Words and Music - Phil Coulter - 1989
* 30 Years A-Greying - The Dubliners - 1992
* The Outstanding - Chris Barber and Band - 1993

"Playing on stage with him in LA was one of the biggest thrills for me ever." Slash (Guns N' Roses)

"A beautiful man and an amazing guitar player. He was a very sensitive man and a great musician." The Edge (U2)

"It was all about him playing the guitar, it got into your soul." Cameron Crowe (Writer/Film Director)

"In the 70s he built himself a reputation as a live performer of tremendous vitality." "He was even headhunted to join The Rolling Stones." Niall Stokes (Editor, Hot Press)

"One of the things that was crucial for me I got from Rory Gallagher, which was the idea of, like, being a guitar player for life and living it." Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

"Rory's death really upset me. I heard about it just before we went on stage, and it put a damper on the evening. I can't say I knew him that well, but I remember meeting him in our offices once, and we spent an hour talking. He was such a nice guy and a great player." Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

"So these couple of kids come up, who's me and my mate, and say 'How do you get your sound Mr. Gallagher?' and he sits and tells us. So I owe Rory Gallagher my sound." Brian May (Queen)

"Rory's death is a tragic loss of a great musician and a very good friend." Van Morrison

"The man who got me back into the blues." Eric Clapton

"An uncompromisingly serious musician" The Times, 16 June 1995.

Kind of reminds me of a hip Robert Mitchum in the one above.

Rest in Peace Brother Rory, We miss you and your great music.

[Edited on 1/4/2009 by OldDirtRoad]

[Edited on 1/4/2009 by OldDirtRoad]



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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:11 PM
GREAT post,my friend ! Rory was one of the best ever !!! Can't tell Ya how many times i've watched Denza's Rory dvd project,& I'm always spinnin' his cd's...RORY ON !




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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:17 PM
Rory? Someone mention Rory?

And how!!!!


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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:27 PM the man




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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:28 PM
Hero From The Emerald Isle

Hero from the Emerald Isle Celtic style,
Guitar man, hey there.
With a smile in his eye his licks full of spirit,
He took his guitar to the towns that would hear it,
Hey there Rory.
No one can play like him.
No one will ever play like him.
Hey there, I said no one, no one, not one, not one.

He's traveled down through many lands.
He always takes the time to shake the hands of his fans.
He's a gentlemen.
When he jams at a gig the Irish are proud,
Of this peoples guitarist.
Turn him way up loud. Hey there Rory.

No one can play like him.
No one will ever play like him.
Hey there, I said no one, no one, not one, not one.

Twas quite an honor a privilege for me.
You played with such integrity.
Hey there Rory.
I'm still on such a high,
I'll count the years till you stop back by.
Hey there Rory. Hey there Rory. Hey there Rory.

Empty Stage

This isn't the ending I would choose to write,
on the last chapter in your book of Life.
Words will never heal the pain within, and music
can't hide the rough shape I'm in.

Happy go lucky that's always been me.
People taking notice of the change they see.
Life isn't Fair, it's a give and take and your
story so Far came way too late.

Chorus: All I see is Empty Stage. All that's left's an
Empty Stage. Empty Stage.

Did they line the streets of EireAnn holding
candles in the night? Lighting up the memory of a
brave and gallant fight. Life isn't fair it's a
take and give. Your brothers' hurting cuz he's the
one left to live

Chorus: All he sees is Empty Stage. All that's left is
Empty Stage. Empty Stage.

Your guitars left behind you, he's extended his
hand. He needs you beside him. Footprints in the
sand. We don't understand and may not agree.
(Your one of Gods children he'll bounce on his knee.)

Chorus: All we see is Empty Stage. All that's lefts an
Empty Stage. Empty Stage. Empty Stage.

Marianne Murphy

[Edited on 12/29/2007 by TanDan]


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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:33 PM

I thought about you most of the time I was fixing the tribute, Brother Dan.

My next one will be to Frankie Miller.....




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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:35 PM
Rory Gallagher - Messin with the kid

Great stuff indeed... Big fan here since late 80's!!




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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 08:41 PM
Irish Tour is one of the all time great guitar albums , love it .




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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 11:05 PM
Rory is one of my all time favorite guitar players ...period.

When i first joined this site, I was thrilled to find so many Rory fans here. Where I live, only hard core music fans or of course, serious guitar players have even heard of him.

One of my favorite quotes about Rory comes from a tribute to him published in the Irish music newspaper Hotpress in July 1995, just after his death:

"Here was a man who managed to combine the gift of being an authentic creative genius with the even rarer gift of being a genuinely decent, honourable human being."

God bless you Rory. We still miss you...


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In my dream I lost a friend
Come down Gabriel and blow your horn
Cause some day we will meet again"

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  posted on 12/28/2007 at 11:39 PM
Thanks for the Rory tribute. I love Rory, he's the real deal. So sad that so many talented musicians are no longer with us. So many short bright lives. Reminds me of this poem.

I just ordered the '06 Live at Montreux DVDs and the recently released '07 Live at Rockpalast DVDs. Should complement the AWESOME Denza/Bbart Rory Collection.

Can't wait for a Rory New Year!

First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends
It gives a lovely light!

(I've also heard the last line as It gives off twice the light!)


The Older I Get... The Better I Was

I'm not as Good as I Once Was...
But I'm as Good Once as I ever Was !!!


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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 09:32 AM

Some other stuff :

The Rory Gallagher Story Part 1 Of 4

The Rory Gallagher Story Part 2 Of 4

The Rory Gallagher Story Part 3 Of 4

The Rory Gallagher Story Part 4 Of 4

From A Whisper To A Scream - Rory's Story Part 1

From A Whisper To A Scream - Rory's Story Part 2

Songs & Stories - New York Remembers Rory Gallagher




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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 10:50 AM
"I loved his gimmicks...just flat out Blues and Rock."

All I can say is Rory On!


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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 10:51 AM
Great tribute, I am thrilled to have stumbled onto it on my return to this site. I just picked up the BBC CD for the holidays, and love it.

I heard that there was a recent Rory tribute night in New York in the Village. Is that true?

Rory seemed to be under rated in the US, but not so in Europe. They say that he tried out for the guitarist opening in the Stones. That would have been about as unsuccessful as the Stevie Ray Vaughn stint with Bowie--the treat we all got on "Let's Dance" notwithstanding.

Wikipedia says that Rory has sold 30 million records worldwide could that be possible?

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:03 PM
Great Rory post ! I love to watch the "Live at Montreux" DVD , a nice retrospective throughout Rory's career at Montreux . I agree with the previous post on how good the "Irish Tour" CD is , a great guitar cd !

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:41 PM
l miss Rory. l saw him a number of times, once with Roy Buchanan on the same bill. That was a killer show!! lf my memory serves me right l believe Rory was the headliner. Roy is another one that left us to soon..

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 07:52 AM
Did anybody here attend that Rory Gallagher tribute night in NY in the beginning of December? It was too late by the time I heard about it. It looks like it will be an annual event. Rory's brother Donegal is very active in promoting Rory's music, releasing more CD's, a documentary, and more. i

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 09:15 AM
Wow, what a fantastic thread. Rory is still my alltime favorite besides the ABB. His death in 1995 impacted me more than any other's musicians untimely death. My son Rory was born a few month's later. We already decided on his name. Or it was one of the candidates. Initially due to a concert we went to in january 1995 (which turned out to be one of his last) and when i heard the announcement of his death later in june the name
was decided upon period (boy or girl!!).

Both the Montreux 2DVD and the Rockpalast 3DVD boxset (lovely packaging) are strongly recommended and pretty much essential in a fan's collection.

BTW, regarding ODR's plans for a Frankie Miller thread: Frankie Miller is guesting on the 10 hour long rockpalast boxset !!!

Regarding the tributes: there's still a petition going on to rename Cork International Airport
into Rory Gallagher International Airport (although unfortunally i do not think that will happen) and recently a life-size bronze statue is commisioned to be prominently placed in his birthtown. I think it will be revealled in june during the annual 3 or 4 day tribute festival. I hope the statue will be of the same quality as the beautiful Phil Lynott statue in Grafton Street, Dublin. I guess i have an extra reason to go back to lovely Ireland ASAP.

Keep Rockin' !!!!!




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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 09:20 AM
Rory Gallagher - For the Last Time (1971)

Wow, never saw this before. Goosebumps !!!! So young...........




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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 09:29 AM
Rory Gallagher - For the Last Time (1971)

Wow, never saw this before. Goosebumps !!!! So young...........

GREAT, Thanks man! I had never seen those clips from that show...some great tunes from the first album he rarely played later on, like I Fall Apart...

[Edited on 12/30/2007 by Denza]


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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 10:06 AM

"The Last Time"

"Crest of a wave"

"Used To be"

"Sinner Boy"

Were all some of my fave Rory songs.......

I'm not sure if this is still in print, but I had it on LP. It was a combination of "Rory Gallagher" and "Duece".

Sinner... and Saint

1. USED TO BE **

All Titles Composed by Rory Gallagher
Produced by Rory Gallagher
(Previously available on "Rory Gallagher" and "Deuce")

RORY GALLAGHER (Vocals/Guitars/Harmonica, Alto Sax, Mandolin)
GERRY McAVOY (Bass Guitar)
WILGAR CAMPBELL (Drums and Percussion)

*Recorded at Advision Studios, London
*Engineer: Eddy Offord

**Recorded at Tangerine Studios, London
**Engineer: Robin Sylvester




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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 10:22 AM
Rory's first guitar...

The National...

The Strat


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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 10:44 AM
Not much to add at this point.

Got into him back in the 80's when a roommate played me his first album.

Named my first born after the man.

Rory On!!!




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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 10:55 AM

This very special headstone was designed for Rory's grave,
the right hand 'ray' of the monument is made to the scale of a Stratocaster neck,
and has correctly scaled frets along its inside edge.


And Dirty, just to add to your above equipment list...mainly he used...



Dan Electro Silvertone (bought for 15$ in an US pawnshop) used for "A Million Miles Away" and "Cradle Rock"

But Rory used a lot of equipment over the years, some of these were:

Electric Guitars
Fender Stratocaster (probable the first Strat in Ireland), S/N 64351, Nov 1961, purchased second hand by installments from Michael Crowleys Music Centre in Cork, 1963 for 100 , neck was replaced several times Fender and Mighty-Mite, Schaller and Sperzel mechanics, Star Brass bridge, Gibson frets, 5 way switch, one ton control for all (original) PUs, tremolo broken and fixed with wooden block, stringing: .010, .012, .015, .026,. 032, .038(.040), high action (good for sustain and for using slides)
Fender Stratocaster, 1957, maple neck (studio work only)
Fender Telecaster
Fender Duosonic with MusicMaster neck, tuned up one note, supported by 22 1/2`` short scale
Gibson Meloy Maker, 1960
Gibson Les Paul Junior #84374, 1958, P 90, Schaller M6 mechanics, Bad Ass bridge
Burns Bison Guitar, 3 PU (62-64, London)
Gretsch Corvette, 1957, purchased for $80 in a second hand shop, Rory replaced the defect pickup by a P 90
Coral Electric Sitar
Dan Electro Silvertone (bought for 15$ in an US pawnshop) used for ``A Million Miles Away`` and ``Cradle Rock``
Silvertone / Teisco

Martin D-35, Ibanez PU
Martin Mandoline
National Duolian (1932)
Takamine, single cutaway
Stella Harmony

STRAMP Power Baby TYP K-85, 80 W, 2 x 12``
Ampeg VT 40 MK I
Ampeg VT 40 MK II
Fender Bassman 1954
Fender Twin 1954
Fender Concert 1961
Marshall Combo (?)
Marshall Top and 4 x 12`` (for big halls only)

Rangemaster (with AC 30 only)
Hawk booster (from New Jersey, used as midrange booster in combination with Bassman)
Phaser MXR Phase 90
MXR DynaComb (Compressor)
Boss Octave (Octaver)
Ibanez Tube Screamer (old version)
Boss Graphic Equalizer
Boss Flanger
DOD Analog Delay (Slap-Back-Echo)
Synconics Noise Gate (19``)

"He was such a gracious man, I'm sure everybody tells you this.
The most gentlemanly person you could ever meet in this business -
or any other business probably. Such a sweet guy y'know,
such a completely gentle and generous person with his time and everything.
So this couple of kids come up, whose me and my mate and say y'know
"How do you get your sound Mr Gallagher" and he sits and tells us -
he says "Well mainly its this little box here - this little Rangemaster treble booster.
And I just plug my guitar in here and the treblebooster goes into the amp
and thats me sound." So I ran straight out and got myself a Rangemaster
and a couple of AC30's, second hand of course, all beaten up but they worked.
And from that moment on, I had the sound that i wanted. I didnt have his guitar,
I'd already made my own guitar. But my guitar just seemed to work perfectly
in this setup - so I owe Rory my sound" - Brian May

[Edited on 12/30/2007 by Denza]


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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 12:18 PM
I love Rory. I seen him open for Rush once in the early '80's. It was his Jinx tour. I had never heard of him but I've been a fan ever since. I like the "Photo Finish" and "Calling Card" albums the best but "Jinx" still holds a special place in my heart.
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