That time 20-year-old Davy Knowles told me that Rory Gallagher was his absolute idol

By Steve Newton Rory Gallagher fanatics will know Davy Knowles as the astounding guitarist who joined Gallagher’s former bassist Gerry McAvoy and late drummer Ted McKenna in Band of Friends, recreating the Irish guitar legend’s music live in recent years. But Knowles was professing his love for everything Gallagher long before Band of Friends hit … Continue reading That time 20-year-old Davy Knowles told me that Rory Gallagher was his absolute idol

Rory Gallagher’s fierce talent exposed by unearthed live tracks, but will the Rock Hall even notice?

bob geldof photo By Steve Newton Rory Gallagher is quite likely the most underrated rock-guitar player of all time. Even though his instrumental prowess has been constantly raved about by such longtime fans as Slash, Brian May, and The Edge, a lot of music fans have never even heard him. Perhaps most shocking is the … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s fierce talent exposed by unearthed live tracks, but will the Rock Hall even notice?

Rory Gallagher’s stunning Blues should be his ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Steve Newton Life is full of unanswered questions. Like, is there life after death? Are UFOs real? And why the hell isn’t Rory Gallagher in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I’ve been asking that last question for a few years now, via various blog posts, and the usual response from dedicated Gallagher … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s stunning Blues should be his ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rory Gallagher’s former drummer Ted McKenna dead at 68

Paul J. White photo By Steve Newton Sad news for rock fans today. The music world is reeling right now at reports that drummer Ted McKenna–best known for his work with the likes of Rory Gallagher, the Michael Schenker Group, and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band–has died from complications following elective surgery. The news is … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s former drummer Ted McKenna dead at 68

Rory Gallagher’s ex-bassist ponders the music Rory might be making if he were alive today

By Steve Newton As we kick off a new year it’s fun to ponder what type of music is to come–or what might have been if certain rock legends hadn’t passed before their time. When I interviewed Rory Gallagher’s bassist of 20 years, Gerry McAvoy, last month, I asked him what kind of music he thought … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s ex-bassist ponders the music Rory might be making if he were alive today

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, … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s longtime bassist on the Irish guitar wizard’s aversion to stardom

Rory Gallagher’s unshakeable spirit burns bright in Vancouver with a Band of Friends

all shitty iPhone photos by the Newt By Steve Newton Vancouver’s hardcore Rory Gallagher fans came out to pack the Fox Cabaret last night, and they left with their ears well blasted by the Irish guitar legend’s deathless, blues-drenched tunes and roughly 123,972 wicked Stratocaster licks. The latter came courtesy Davy Knowles, the 31-year-old picker … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s unshakeable spirit burns bright in Vancouver with a Band of Friends

Rory Gallagher’s former bassist talks vinyl shopping, finding Davy Knowles, and pushing Rory live

bob geldof photo By Steve Newton If you were a fan of Rory Gallagher back in his heyday, you most likely listened to him on vinyl. Impressed by the raucous blues-rock of his previous power trio, Taste, you may have picked up his self-titled solo debut in 1971. Perhaps won over by the catchy vibe … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s former bassist talks vinyl shopping, finding Davy Knowles, and pushing Rory live

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

Idiots at the Rock Hall think Janet Jackson is more deserving of nomination than Johnny Winter, Link Wray, and Rory Gallagher

By Steve Newton The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2019 were announced recently and, as expected, Jann Wenner and the other dimwits in charge of the place proved themselves jackasses of the highest order. For the past eight years I’ve been keeping tabs on the RRHOF’s shameful derelictions of … Continue reading Idiots at the Rock Hall think Janet Jackson is more deserving of nomination than Johnny Winter, Link Wray, and Rory Gallagher

Rock Hall ignores Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher yet again, proves its head is still lodged firmly up its ass

charles campbell photo By Steve Newton It’s been 10 days since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction in 2018, choosing a whopping 19 bands and artists this time around. They include, in alphabetical order: Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, the Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, … Continue reading Rock Hall ignores Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher yet again, proves its head is still lodged firmly up its ass

Rock Hall boneheads once again choose Chic over Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame apparently believes that Depeche Mode outrocks Johnny Winter, that Chic blows Rory Gallagher away, and that Joan Baez is more rock than Link Wray. Whatta buncha boneheads. Yep, Jann Wenner and his gaggle of dimwits at the Rock Hall have done it again, blindly ignoring three … Continue reading Rock Hall boneheads once again choose Chic over Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated 15 artists for induction today, but neither Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, nor Link Wray were among them. Instead, Jan Wenner and his tonedeaf buddies chose such legendary rockers as the Spinners, Janet Jackson, the J.B.’s, and Chic. Janet Jackson instead of Johnny Winter? Chic instead … Continue reading Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

Marty Friedman doesn’t get why the Bee Gees are in the Rock Hall and Rory Gallagher isn’t

By Steve Newton If you’ve been visiting Ear of Newt for the last year or two you’ve no doubt figured out that I’m not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I mean, Jann Wenner and his jackass buddies piss me off the way they totally ignore some of the most … Continue reading Marty Friedman doesn’t get why the Bee Gees are in the Rock Hall and Rory Gallagher isn’t

Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Iron Maiden, and Link Wray

By Steve Newton Okay, it has finally come to this. After years of slagging the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its inconceivable ignorance of the best rock music from the past, I’ve gone ahead and established my own institution to pay tribute to the stellar artists the RRHOF deems unworthy. Based somewhere near … Continue reading Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Iron Maiden, and Link Wray

Rock Hall finally inducts Stevie Ray Vaughan, could Rory Gallagher be next?

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple–artists who actually rock–out in the cold. Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Stevie Ray Vaughan, could Rory Gallagher be next?

Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan box-set announcements make the Newt holler “fuckin-AAA!”

photo by Bob Geldof. Yes, that Bob Geldof By Steve Newton It’s been a wonderful week for fans of blues-rockin’ Strat masters Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan. First off came the announcement on Tuesday that on October 20 Sony Music/Legacy Recordings will release the 40th-anniversary expanded deluxe-edition of Gallagher’s Irish Tour ’74 album. That … Continue reading Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan box-set announcements make the Newt holler “fuckin-AAA!”

Crest of a Wave shows off the best of shockingly underrated Rory Gallagher

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 2, 2009 By Steve Newton I’m a sucker for guitar heroes. Check out my CD stash and you’ll find the biggest sections are reserved for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, and Joe Satriani. But in recent years my main guitar-god … Continue reading Crest of a Wave shows off the best of shockingly underrated Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher crime-noir interests spawn Kickback City

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 17, 2013 By Steve Newton Guess I shoulda known, from song titles like “Kickback City” and “Loanshark Blues”—not to mention “Continental Op”—that Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher had a passion for the crime-noir genre. For anyone else who might have missed out on that angle, Eagle Rock Entertainment is going to set … Continue reading Rory Gallagher crime-noir interests spawn Kickback City

Rory Gallagher’s long-shelved studio album finally released

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 17, 2011 By Steve Newton Rory Gallagher fanatics have had a lot to be thankful for of late. Last September saw the release of Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher, a revealing documentary that covered the Irish rock hero’s entire career, and included commentary from such huge Gallagher fans … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s long-shelved studio album finally released

Bob Geldof and Slash worship Rory Gallagher on Ghost Blues DVD

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 21, 2010 By Steve Newton When superstar humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof was the music editor of the Georgia Straight back in the ’70s he had no qualms about assigning himself to shoot his hero, Rory Gallagher, when he came to town. The result is this beauty photo of the Irish guitar legend … Continue reading Bob Geldof and Slash worship Rory Gallagher on Ghost Blues DVD

Rock Hall fucks up royally again, nominates Chic instead of Rory Gallagher

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 16, 2013 By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done it again. It’s made a complete ass of itself by nominating, for the eighth time, Chic. When you consider that somebody like Irish guitar hero Rory Gallagher hasn’t once been given the nod, it’s utterly preposterous. No less … Continue reading Rock Hall fucks up royally again, nominates Chic instead of Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher project shows the guitar legend’s passion for crime noir

PHOTO BY BOB GELDOF. YES, THAT BOB GELDOF Guess I shoulda known, from song titles like “Kickback City” and “Loanshark Blues”—not to mention “Continental Op”—that Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher had a passion for the crime-noir genre. For anyone else who might have missed out on that angle, Eagle Rock Entertainment–which also issued the amazing Gallagher documentary Ghost … Continue reading Rory Gallagher project shows the guitar legend’s passion for crime noir

Glenn Tipton says that Rory Gallagher made him pick up the guitar

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2005 By Steve Newton Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton waited 12 years for original vocalist Rob Halford to hook back up with his band. But when the Straight calls him at his room in a swanky Ottawa hotel, he can’t spare 12 minutes to talk about the reunion. Now … Continue reading Glenn Tipton says that Rory Gallagher made him pick up the guitar

Braindead twats at the Rock Hall nominate Whitney Houston, spurn Rory, Link, and Johnny

By Steve Newton I’ve been lobbying for years to get the three most deserving rockers I can think of–Rory Gallagher, Link Wray, and Johnny Winter–inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I keep hoping that one day Jann Wenner and his braindead RRHOF cohorts will pull their heads out of their asses long … Continue reading Braindead twats at the Rock Hall nominate Whitney Houston, spurn Rory, Link, and Johnny

Rock Hall finally inducts Deep Purple; could Rory, Link, Johnny, and Maiden be far behind?

By Steve Newton Well, those bozos down at the highly slaggable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally came to their senses. Twenty-two years after it first became eligible for induction, legendary British hard-rockers Deep Purple finally gained admittance into the Cleveland institution’s hallowed halls. I guess the powers-that-be finally broke down and played Machine Head … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Deep Purple; could Rory, Link, Johnny, and Maiden be far behind?

Nikki Sixx says he’d turn down Rock Hall: awesome, more room for Rory

By Steve Newton Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx declared on his Facebook page yesterday that he’d “probably” turn down induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fvckin-AAA! That just leaves more room for more deserving types like Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Link Wray. Here’s Sixx’s post, complete with grammatical errors: The only … Continue reading Nikki Sixx says he’d turn down Rock Hall: awesome, more room for Rory