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THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 19:57
by RobertaSparrow
Courtesy of Steve Creswell, AKA Roryweb Steve, and copied from the RW forum:

Clarification, it was a previously published article, an oldie but a goodie-
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Thanks JimLED for the link, I couldn't remember where I'd seen it. I love these stories, Rory was so good he just couldn't help it. ;) 8-)
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THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

In the late summer of 1974, a New York brewery called Schaefer’s organised an outdoor music festival at the auditorium in Central Park.

Over the course of 12 nights, locals were afforded the opportunity to see a whole host of acts, covering all musical tastes. From Ray Charles to Lynyrd Skynyrd, from The Pointer Sisters to Bad Company, the line-up each evening ran the gamut of some of the most popular outfits of the time.

On September 7th, the last night of the run, the bill was topped by Aerosmith and the warm-up act was one Rory Gallagher.

Wearing his standard uniform of jeans, denim jacket and a check shirt, Gallagher took the stage in front of a crowd who’d paid $1.50 and $2.50 to be there and he seemed determined to give them value for money.

“It’s quite a few months since we were here,” said Gallagher as he tuned up. “I think it was October of last year.

We’ve got a few new tunes since that, a few things you might like to hear. This next one is called ‘Tattoo’d Lady,’ I hope you enjoy it.”

From the opening riff, he was on fire for the next hour and 12 minutes.

The location for these concerts meant the promoters were never quite sure how the Manhattan outdoor audience was going to react to such a diversity of acts. No such worries for the Corkman of Donegal origin (you see what I did there!). Coming off a few weeks in which he’d played gigs alongside ZZ Top, the J Geils Band and Sly Stone, Gallagher had them eating out of his hand from the off. As the performance wore on, there was only one serious problem. Most of those watching didn’t want it to end.

Yet, New York’s curfew laws and Aerosmith’s outsized egos meant that Gallagher eventually would have to stop. According to eyewitnesses, he ignored the first couple of signals he received asking him to wind up the show. He was having too much fun, and judging from how those present react when you listen back to the live recording (no footage exists), the crowd were too.

An hour in, he started Bullfrog Blues. With the stage manager presumably giving him the sign to come off, he just kept going. For almost 13 minutes of what those watching seemed to savour, he kept it going and going and going. The audience were loving it, those running the show perhaps not. Finally, Gallagher gave in to the demands of the authorities and ended his set, much to the chagrin of those in front of the stage. They wanted an encore and more.

In an incident that has become part of rock folklore, Aerosmith walked on and were greeted with derision. As they started into their set, there were still jeers and boos from fans irate at the Gallagher virtuoso display having been curtailed. In all too typical New York-style, things soon got out of hand. Some newly-converted Rory devotees fired bottles at Steven Tyler and his cohorts who were unable to produce anything like the magic Gallagher had just delivered.

“The result was a certain amount of self-expression from the audience,” wrote Ian Dove in the New York Times’ report on the incident, “trash and garbage, with an occasional bottle, were thrown onto the stage at the hapless and helpless road crew changing equipment for the following group, Aerosmith.”

According to some reports, the Aerosmith drummer was cut by a flying bottle. That cannot be confirmed. All we can say for certain is September 7th, 1974 is known in rock history as the night Rory Gallagher blew Aerosmith off the stage.

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 21:54
by capo
Well, just to set the record straight, and me being so anal when it comes to Rory trivial, the quote from the article saying "It's quite a few months since we were here......" is from the September 3rd, 1974 show at "My Fathers Place" in Roslyn, NY. Sometimes this Boot is mistakenly named as the Central Park show. But the sound is far superior then the Central Park show on the 7th. It is my favorite show from this time period. Rory is on fire! I won't provide a link as it is a Boot, but you can find both on Youtube. Now back to our previous program. ;)

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 22:17
by Sid_Sidow
About two years ago I was asked to do some work in Hawaii (yes, it really was work....but then a little fun!) On the flight I read the Marcus Connaughton book where this event was mentioned. But I thought it was probably blown a bit out of proportion just to for literary license and a good story.

When I arrived in Honolulu and got my rental car, I found a satellite radio station where someone was interviewing Joe Perry. This story came up and he became obviously annoyed and upset. He even made some type of comment negative about Rory - not sure but I think it was something about wishing he could have punched him!!

The timing was so perfect for all the information!! Makes me even prouder to be a Rory fan!

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 22:33
by capo
Sid_Sidow, if you look up the thread on the Forum here titled "Joe, what did you expect", it deals with Joe Perry's autobiography and his rememberance of this Rory event. Maybe one the of the Mods can link the thread here, I know not how. :oops:

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 22:38
by JimLED

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2016, 23:09
by RobertaSparrow

Thanks JimLED for the link, I couldn't remember where I'd seen it. I love these stories, Rory was so good he just couldn't help it. ;) 8-)

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2016, 01:48
by CiaSeattle
Sid_Sidow wrote:About two years ago I was asked to do some work in Hawaii (yes, it really was work....but then a little fun!) On the flight I read the Marcus Connaughton book where this event was mentioned. But I thought it was probably blown a bit out of proportion just to for literary license and a good story.

When I arrived in Honolulu and got my rental car, I found a satellite radio station where someone was interviewing Joe Perry. This story came up and he became obviously annoyed and upset. He even made some type of comment negative about Rory - not sure but I think it was something about wishing he could have punched him!!

The timing was so perfect for all the information!! Makes me even prouder to be a Rory fan!


I'm surprised to hear that Joe made a negative comment, as he certainly wasn't that way about the incident in his book. I know the full quote has been posted before, here's just the last part:

"I remember it as the only time that we were blown off fair and square in true rock-and-roll style. That night Rory Gallagher was just too good to stop".

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2016, 05:09
by Sid_Sidow
This was a live interview, perhaps he let his guard down and said things that never made it to the book!

Trying to find more detail.......

Re: THE NIGHT RORY GALLAGHER BLEW AEROSMITH OFF THE STAGE

PostPosted: 22 Jul 2016, 22:04
by SUBY1974
Well Rory and his band were too good. End of!! Subrata.x :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: