Exclusive: Alex Lifeson On Rory Gallagher’s Legacy

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re looking at the legacy of Rory Gallagher.

The Irish rocker first started in the band Taste, but later established a solo career. Over the course of his musicianship, he sold over 30 million records across the globe.

Rory Gallagher

One of his biggest fans? Alex Lifeson, guitarist of Rush.

Here’s what he had to say on Gallagher’s legacy, exclusively to MusicVaultz:

“It is truly remarkable how many guitarists over the years have cited Rory Gallagher as an influence. I was introduced to his playing during the Taste years but it was during one of Rush’s early tours opening for Rory in the fall of 1974 that left the greatest impression. He oozed passion in his playing and I envied his ability to transcend the moment. I learned a lot from him as a guitarist but it was his character that touched me most. We spent many nights talking about history, politics and music ’til the wee hours. After a short break off, we recommenced the tour and he gave me a gift of a series of Flann O’Brien’s books, one of his favourite authors. I still have those books and will always remember that thoughtful and kind consideration. He had a sweet soul and graciousness that I’ll never forget.”

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