March 8, 1974 - Victory Theatre - Toronto RORY
a musician anyone interested in guitar doesn't easily forget.
He gives his
soul in each set, and his dexterity is astounding.
was back in Toronto a few days ago for a pair of concerts (in one
evening) at the Victory theatre -an aging, burlesque house which
specializes in bare breasts during the week and rock and roll at
showed - as we know already - that he's not a particularly subtle
guitarist. He specializes in charges through the music, always
trying to win his audience with passion as well as skill.
occasionally lapsed into a softer style that, I imagine, has been
influenced by B. B. King; and, when he did that, it was possible to
hear fully how talented he truly is.
I guess what
I like most about Gallagher is his dedication. He's a
musician first and last. He's capable of drinking prodigiously,
but he also protects his health. There's no messing with dope or
women - the vices that seem to kill guitarists off at an early
age. So he continues to improve.
married to his music and it's a successful marriage, as witnessed by
these 90‑minute performances when he could get away with playing for
half that length of time.
Gallagher, I personally find the closest thing to an artist that I've
ever encountered in a pop musician.
Clapton will never get better. Hendrix, of course, can't
improve. But Gallagher will find new abilities within himself as
he ages. The masters - the Kings (all of them) were the same way;
they took considerable ability and then disciplined themselves to get
the most out of it.
Not that I'm
thrilled about everything he does. In particular, I am less than
overwhelmed by his trio of sidemen. With Gallagher being so adept
at shattering an audience's resistance, it would be nice if he
could find supporting musicians who are capable of providing a gentle
background rather than the full-tilt rock music that they insisted on
contributing at the Victory.
Gallagher’s true abilities to be widely recognized, he'll need a band
with the talent required to make Gallagher’s abilities obvious to
coming along nicely.
scope in his repertoire and his stage presence gets better and better.
And that may
explain why Gallagher is becoming a very important name in North
American music circles. from
Express – March 30, 1974
Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing & preparing this article
Thanks for the artwork to John Wainwright
reformatted by roryfan