Here is an audio recording of Rory’s historic performance on the magical evening in September of 1974 .

 

 

 

Published on Jan 9, 2014

” Rory Gallagher 7th September 1974 Central Park New York.
This is the concert where Rory famously played Aerosmith off the stage. The crowd went into a frenzy after Rory (the opening act) left the stage. Aerosmith played for about 45 mins until their drummer was hit by a bottle and then they abruptly ended the show.
1. Messin’ With The Kid
2. Tattoo’d Lady
3. Early In The Morning
4. Cradle Rock
5. Just A Little Bit
6. Walk On Hot Coals
7. Laundromat
8. Hands Off
9. Bullfrog Blues “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Hannigan

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…

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