Rory Gallagher’s longtime bassist on the Irish guitar wizard’s aversion to stardom

By Steve Newton

With Christmas 2018 upon us, it’s time to be thankful for the musicians who have helped devoted fans of guitar rock have such a wonderful life.

Like Rory Gallagher.

I for one am grateful for the way the Irish guitar wizard stayed true to himself, how he made the music he wanted, and how he never kowtowed to the music biz. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can piss right off.

When I interviewed Gallagher’s longtime bassist Gerry McAvoy a few weeks ago, before a Band of Friends show in Vancouver, he explained how Rory was never one to go the commercial route.

“He didn’t like it,” recalled McAvoy, who played with Rory for two decades. “He didn’t want to make singles. You know, in hindsight, maybe if he hadda gone down that route it would have been a different road that he took [popularity-wise].

“But he shied away from the rock-star lifestyle,” added McAvoy. “He didn’t like the limousines. He was a very down-to-earth guy. He just liked getting on stage and playing.”

Merry Christmas Mr. Gallagher, wherever you are, a million miles away.

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3 responses to “Rory Gallagher’s longtime bassist on the Irish guitar wizard’s aversion to stardom

  1. RORY GALLAGHER WILL ALWAYS & FOREVER BE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Nobody touches him; he’s my ABSOLUTE GREATEST TEACHER. I’m privileged to play in a band dedicated to HIM; & l will ALWAYS. I LOVE YOU RORY. Hope l see you SOON. I’m as SHY AS YOU!! 🎸💚👑💞☘️

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