There are many tribute bands playing the music of Rory Gallagher some good some not so good but what they are doing is keeping the music of this great musician alive. Rory’s music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, Covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60’s 70,s and the 80's. sadly we lost Rory on June 14th 1995, to his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy
The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory more a celebration of his life and music. The band consists of musicians who played with Rory throughout his career.
GERRY McAVOY (Bass Guitar) played with Rory for 20 years; from 1971 to 1991 and because of this has a great insight into the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made. He also wrote a book following his career which was published in 2005. “RIDING SHOTGUN” “ON THE ROAD” its German title. www.ridingshotgun.co.uk. (Deep Joy/Champion Jack Dupree/Rory Gallagher Band/Nine Below Zero)
TED McKENNA (Drums) played with Rory from 1977 to 1981. Ted is a rock drummer’s drummer. He has played with numerous rock legends and has recorded some of the top albums of our time. (Teargas/The Sensational Alex Harvey Band/Rory Gallagher Band Greg Lake/Gary Moore/Michael Schenker Band)
MARCEL SCHERPENZEEL (Guitar) grew up with Rory’s music and Gerry is quoted as saying “This is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear” Marcel still plays with his band Wolfpin. (Wolfpin)
So as you can see this is not a tribute band. This is THE BAND.