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Those of us Who Met Rory.. Please do Tell . . .

PostPosted: 29 May 2014, 03:23
by RobertaSparrow
Hey- I'll Get The Hang of This Moderator Thing Yet-

Capo suggested this ought to be its own thread- so now it's set apart- Do Tell!


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On this eve of the Ballyshannon Party for Rory (and a week to go before the same in Cork)

For those who met Rory, got to share a few words with him, if you would like to share, we'd like to hear it-

I never actually met him, saw him play a bunch of times, I like to think he saw me (but he did seem to look right into his audience, so maybe he did :) ) but I never had a chance to speak to him, and if I had, I don't think I could have formed intelligible sentences anyway . . . .

But those of you who did, do tell-

What was it like to meet the man?

P.S.

Photofinish, you as well, please tell us about how you first met Rory-

Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 29 May 2014, 12:08
by folkdeejay
I met Rory in Manchester during the Defender tour.

After the gig, at the long-gone International II, he signed all my RG vinyl LP sleeves. I had seen him a good number of times already, and he played a great gig - quite 'heavy' in tone, as per the Defender LP. It was the first time I saw him play a cutaway acoustic (Takamine) and I asked him about it, he explained his old Martin was a bit beat up, and he was trying the Takamine out and liked it.

He signed all my LP sleeves (which I took along in a plastic bag) including all his solo stuff up to & including Defender, and all the Taste Polydor LP's - even the compilation that was a bit controversial as they were the Taste Mk1 recordings (Take it easy baby ).

He was quiet, but friendly and engaging. A legend.

Also shook his hand during a 1982 gig at the Apollo (but he was a bit busy then as it was during the encore)

Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 29 May 2014, 18:43
by photofinish
First met him at York University..20/11/1981...went before gig..he signed all my albums...i have 2 framed on the wall...i met Rory another 10 times...and got to know him quite well...the highlight being having a drink with Rory after been invited backstage by him at Leeds Irish Centre..thats my pic on my avatar...when i get more time..will post some more stories about my times with Rory...

Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 02 Jun 2014, 01:33
by jenniferj
I love hearing these stories - for those who never had the privilege of meeting Rory, its like being there with you when you talk about your experiences. Keep them coming...
Jennifer.

Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 02 Jun 2014, 17:17
by photofinish
When i get chance will post my fav Rory story from Jinx Tour...regarding Rory's love for Laurel And Hardy.......and all because i made a mistake in the tape

i gave him.....!!!!!!.......

Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 02 Jun 2014, 19:08
by RobertaSparrow
If he enjoyed Laurel and Hardy, and Mel Brooks, then he had excellent taste in comedy as well 8-)


The Music Box :lol:

This particular comedy short won one of the first Academy Awards. The stairs it was filmed at are still there, in the Echo Park district (last time I was in L.A. they were still there, anyway).

Re: What book would you share with Rory?

PostPosted: 11 Jun 2014, 11:45
by RobertaSparrow
photofinish wrote:I already did that..gave Rory a Muddy Waters Tape in 1982...and then in 1987..talking to him about that tape..and sharing a beer with him..can't get better than that...


Tell us about the Laurel and Hardy connection? If you please?

Re: What book would you share with Rory?

PostPosted: 11 Jun 2014, 18:12
by capo
Yes Photofinish. Maybe from time to time when you are able too you will share your Rory stories with us all. Theres not many left who have had that honor. Maybe, Roberta, we can set up a separate thread where people can leave their memories of meeting Rory. Roryon has something like that but lets start our own. Just a thought.

Re: What book would you share with Rory?

PostPosted: 11 Jun 2014, 19:35
by RobertaSparrow
capo wrote:Yes Photofinish. Maybe from time to time when you are able too you will share your Rory stories with us all. Theres not many left who have had that honor. Maybe, Roberta, we can set up a separate thread where people can leave their memories of meeting Rory. Roryon has something like that but lets start our own. Just a thought.


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Re: Those of us who met Rory, do tell . . .

PostPosted: 11 Jun 2014, 19:59
by capo
Yes indeed! Now, bring forth all ye stories of mighty Rory and his merry band. Please.