Rory Gallagher’s longtime bassist thinks Rory’s “uniqueness” makes him worthy of Rock Hall induction

By Steve Newton

If you’ve been reading this blog much over the last few years, you’ve surely figured out that I’m not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I got so fed up with the way the RRHOF would continually overlook deserving artists like Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Link Wray–and instead induct rappers, cheesy pop stars, and other non-rockers–that I started up my own institution and named it Newt’s Rock Hall.

I inducted Rory the first chance I could, naming him–along with Winter, Wray, Deep Purple, and Iron Maiden–in my inaugural Class of 2015.

The guy’s just such a stunning guitar player and one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter that it boggles the mind why he keeps getting shunned by Jann Wenner and the other dimwits at that other, better known Rock Hall in Cleveland.

When I got the opportunity to chat with Rory’s old bassist Gerry McAvoy last week–in advance of the Band of Friends show at Vancouver’s Fox Cabaret this Friday (December 14)–I asked him how he felt about his old friend and bandmate being ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I think he deserves to be part of it, absolutely,” McAvoy said, “because of his uniqueness if nothing else. You know, people like Brian May and Johnny Marr from the Smiths, right down the line–loads of guitar players–have said that he’s an influence, you know.”

McAvoy–who wrote a book about his time with Rory Gallagher titled Riding Shotgun–contends that Gallagher’s “uniqueness” is what made him such an incredible guitar player.

“His style was quite unique,” he says. “There was a lot of ‘Irishness’ in Rory’s playin’. There’s a certain Irish lilt in the way Rory played, even though he was playin’ blues–or his style of blues.”

Let’s here it for the “Irishness” of Rory Gallagher’s blues–and for the Rock Hall one day pulling its head out of its ass long enough to appreciate it.


3 thoughts on “Rory Gallagher’s longtime bassist thinks Rory’s “uniqueness” makes him worthy of Rock Hall induction

  1. It is a joke that he is not in that place..I hate to say Hall of Fame as that is also a joke..Maybe it’s the water in the town..Who knows, they just keep putting losers in there..My best guess is they take money to vote somebody in..Joan Jett??? Really? And rap crap..You want rap HoF? Build one!! It’s called ROCK AND ROLL for a reason..Idiots!

  2. RRHOF has little credibility- similar to the Grammy awards. Rory was/is so far beyond that stuff.

  3. The fact that Rory thumbed his nose at the ‘music industry’ in general tells me that if he were alive today, he’d probably celebrate the fact that he’s NOT there. As far as the RRHoF itself, it’s just a ridiculous situation. If fans are the ones who buy music and support the art and the artists, why aren’t fans the ones who get to nominate and elect the winners? Rory’s attitude was the correct one in my opinion… do what you do the way you want to do it and let the chips fall where they fall. Rory was real – the Rock hall of fame is a joke.

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