1. Rockpalast Night 23.-24.July 1977
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In memory of Rory Gallagher 2.3.1948 - 14.6.1995 and Rod de'Ath 18.6.1950 - 1.8.2014 and Lou Martin 12.8.1949 - 17.8.2012
WDR Text 1977: Rory Rallagher is well known in Germany among fans of good rock music. He accumulated a loyal following through numerous tours, first with Taste and later on with his own band. His biggest strengths are 'live-shows'. He immediately brings energy into every venue. His trademarks are a worn looking Stratocaster, an old small amp and straight forward rock'n'roll, heavily blues influenced. On stage he varies. He is known to play an accoustic set, incorporate his great slide-guitar abilities or even play his electric mandolin. Overall, Gallagher makes sure that audience and band always have a great time.(Official - Text)
Plaid shirt, jeans, sneakers and his worn Stratocaster were Rory Gallagher's trademarks. No other musician will ever be as closely tied to the history of 'Rockpalast' as Gallagher. He started the first Rocknacht in the Grugahalle in Essen in 1977. Before that he had already given a Rockpalast concert on 10-6-76 in the studio. It was him as well, that played at the 1st open air on the Loreley and who was Peter Rüchel's guest at 'Best of Rockpalast'. All in all he was a Rockpalast guest five times. On july 26th, 1996 they had a tribute concert at the Loreley in his honor.
Born on March 2nd, 1948 in Ballyshannon, Ireland, Rory Gallagher started playing guitar at the age of 6
and joined the semi-professional scene at 15. The first band Rory toured with was the 'Fontana Show Band',
which later changed their name to 'Impacts'. In 1965 the Power-Rock-Blues trio Taste came on the scene. In
1970 Rory Gallagher started his solo-career. The strenghts of his Live-shows is documented on his
Double-Live-album "Irish Tour 74". 3 Years in a row he was chosen Germany's most populare guitarist (Musik
Express) in 1972 he became 'Melody Maker's "Musician of the Year". Against all odds and fashion Gallagher
stayed loyal to his music - Blues, Blues-Rock and even Accoustic, where you could hear the Irish folkmusic
On June 14th, 1995 Rory Gallagher died at the age of 47 from complications of a livertransplant in a hospital in London
Rory Gallagher - g/voc
00 Messin' With The Kid (Only Radio) 00 I Take What I Want (Only Radio) 00 A Garbage Man (Only Radio) 01 Moonchild (5'45'') 02 Secret Agent (6'05'') 03 Calling Card (7'10'') 04 Out On The Western Plain (4'30'') 05 Barley And Grape Rag (4'40'') 06 Tattoo'd Lady (5'55'') 07 Souped Up Ford (7'45'') 08 Bullfrog Blues (10'02'') 09 Bought And Sold (5'00'')
Rory Gallagher (1971) Polydor 2383 044 Deuce (1971) Polydor 2383 076 Live In Europe (1972) Polydor 2383112 Blueprint (1973) Polydor 2383189 Tattoo (1973) Polydor 2383230 Irish Tour (1974) Polydor 2679030 Against The Grain (1975) Chrysalis 6307563 Calling Card (1976) Chrysalis 6307568 Photo-Finish (1978) Chrysalis 6307620 Top Priority (1979) Chrysalis 6307669 Stage Struck (1980) Chrysalis 202884 Jinx (1982) Chrysalis 204408 Blues On 2 (1986) BBC Records Defender (1987) Intercord 145101 Fresh Evidence (1990) Intercord 145144 Edged In Blue (1992) Intercord 84517 G-Men Bootleg Series (1992) Strange/Castle 3 CDs BBC Sessions (1999) Strange Music/BMG Lets Go To Work (2001) Strange Music/BMG 4 CD Live Box Set Wheels Within Wheels (2003) BMG Big Guns (2005) Sony/BMG The very best of Rory Gallagher Live At Montreux (2006) Eagle Rock The Beat Club Sessions (2010) Eagle Rock Notes From San Francisco (2011) 2CD Box Legacy/Sony Kickback City (2013) Sony 3CD Irish Tour '74 (2014) Box 7CDs+DVD Blues (2019) Universal 3CDs Check Shirt Wizard (2020) Universal - Live In '77 The Best Of (2020) Universal 2CD
Messin' With The Kid - Live at the Cork Opera House (????) BMG 78min. Irish Tour (2001) DVD BMG Rory Gallagher At Rockpalast (2004) DVD Fernseh Allianz Rockpalast Collection (2005) 3 DVDs Fernseh Allianz limited Edition Live At Montreux (2006) Eagle Rock Live at the Cork Opera House (2006) DVD Ghost Blues - The Story Of Rory Gallagher (2010) Eagle Rock Live At Montreux Festival 1975-94 (2013) Soulfood CD/2DVD
Rory Gallagher - A Biographie
Riding Shotguns - 35 Years on tour with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero
Starporträts: Mein Leben mit Rory Gallagher (Gebundene Ausgabe)
von Gerry McAvoy und Pete Chrisp
Rory Gallagher im Internet:
Rory Gallagher Concerts Rockpalast 1976, 1979, 1990
Rory Gallagher - At Rockpalast DVD - order now at Amazon ! feat. Rockpalast shows 1976, 1977 and 1979 DVD Info
Rory Gallagher - Rockpalast Collection (3 DVDs) - order now at Amazon ! all Rockpalast Concerts and Jam Sessions DVD Info
Rory Gallagher - The Complete Rockpalast Collection
Interview with Little Feat: Slide Guitar Session of Lowell George - China White
In memory of Lowell George 1945-1979, Richie Hayward 1946-2010 and Paul Barrére 1948 - 2019
WDR Text 1977: "The best band of the 70's" or "America's finest" are two ways this band from Los Angeles, California has been described: Little Feat. The band was formed in 1970 by Lowell George, Billy Payne, Richie Hayward and Roy Estrada. In the meantime there are 6 members and Little Feat has managed these past 3 years to always be a step ahead of other bands in new develope- ment of rockmusic. There are 2 reasons. The first one is called Lowell George. This musician manages to write songs, that make people shake their heads and wonder how a person can possibly write songs about simple life experiences, that are very difficult to describe, put it all together in 10 lines and make it feel so right. The second reason is the rhythmwork of the band. Simple, good rhythm is the most important thing for rock'n'roll. Listening to Little Feat, you realize, that the band forges the separate complicated elements of drums, bass and percussion to create this simple, strong and good rhythm. Due to these 2 reasons Little Feat can be aptly described as the best Rock'n'roll band of the 70's - everything just comes together. The audience of Rockpalast has the difficult choice, whether to simply listen or to let lose and dance. (Official - Text)
As second band Little Feat filled the Grugahalle with their typical sound- carpet. Beforehand the legendary interview backstage with the now famous questions about slide-guitar playing:"Is this difficult?" As answer Lowell George gave a lesson in slide guitar. China White - One of the best pieces of the night.
The band was formed in '69 in L.A, by Lowell George, after leaving the Zappa field. The bandname stems from the teasing remark of Mother's drummer Black about George's small feet, but is also a play on words in regards to a small accomplishment. The first album "Little Feat', with guest Ry Cooder, came out in 1970 and included the original version of the known" Willin', but, unfortunately wasn't very successful. In the middle of the work on "Sailing Shoes" guitarist, singer and songwriter, Paul Barrére. joined the band. The perfect mix of Blues and Boogie, with a dose of country thrown in and the incredible band chemistry, as well as the slide-guitars and Lowell George's deep voice gave Little Feat their unmistakable sound. During the 1977 Rockpalast,the material for the 'Time Loves A Hero' album was being introduced. 1977 seemed to be the year for Little Feat: During their U.S. tours they proved to be in superior form, which was mirrored in their 1978 live album "Waiting for Columbus". In 1979 Little Feat broke up due to upcoming solo-projects by several members. Shortly thereafter, June 29th, 1979, Lowell Geore died of a heart attack.
The band finished the album "Down on the farm" before they completely disolved. Everybody was working on their solo-projects or was playing with other bands (Richard Hayward with Joan Armatrading 6. Rocknight) In 1981, belatedly, the album "Hoy Hoy" was released, which included beautiful demos and Live tracks. In 1988 there was a Little Feat reunion to that Billy Payne:" I respect and understand anyone, that misses Lowell George, but it's time to look forward." Nowadays Little feat with singer Shaun Murphy and guitar player Fred Tackett is still one of the favorite live bands in the USA.
Billy Payne comments on the Little Feat sound: "you would always recognize the Rolling Stones, no matter who plays with them. The same goes for our Band. Little Feat could play "Happy Birthday" and you would recognize us immediately."
"3 days before the concert, at 7 am, we stood in the terminal of the Cologne airport, starring at the
escalator of the flight from New York. One by one we saw the well-known faces show up, except for one. Only
after a seemingly endless waiting period he came. Finally Lowell George was there, too."
Paul Barrére - voc/g
01 Skin It Back (6'00'') 02 Fat Man In A Bathtub (4'25'') 03 Oh Atlanta (4'05'') 04 Day At The Dog Races (9'30'') 05 All That You Dream (5'25'') 06 Old Folks Boogie (4'30'') 07 Dixie Chicken (11'45'') 08 Tripe Face Boogie (6'00'') 09 Feats Don't Fail Me Now (6'20'') 10 Willin' (4'05'') 11 Rocket In My Pocket (3'45'')
Little Feat (1970) Warner Brothers 46072 Sailin' Shoes (1972) Warner Brothers 46156 Dixie Chicken (1973) Warner Brothers 46200 Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974) Warner Brothers 56030 The Last Record Album (1975) Warner Brothers 56156 Time Loves A Hero (1977) Warner Brothers 56349 Waiting For Columbus (1978) Warner Brothers 66075 Down On The Farm (1979) Warner Brothers 56667 Hoy-Hoy (1981) Warner Brothers 66100 Let It Roll (1988) Warner Brothers 925750-1 Representing the Mambo (1989) Warner Brothers Shake Me Up (1991) Morgan Creek Ain't Had Enough Fun (1995) Zoo/BMG 72445 110972 Live from Neon Park (1996) Zoo Under the Radar (1998) SPV/CMM 085-29242 Chinese Work Songs (2000) SPV 71002 Hotcakes And Outtakes (2000) Rhino 4CD's 30 Years Of Little Feat Little Feat - Extended Versions (2000) Hot Tomato Records Endangered Species (2001) Hot Tomato Records Waiting For Columbus (2002) WSM (2CD Deluxe Edition 10 Bonus Tracks) Ripe Tomatos (2002) Hot Tomato Records Raw Tomatos (2002) Hot Tomato Records Live at the Rams Head (2002) Hot Tomato Records Down Upon the Swannee River (2003) Hot Tomato Records Kickin It At the Barn (2003) Hot Tomato Records Highwire Act - Live in St.Louis (2004) Hot Tomato Records 2003 Barnstormin' Live CD: Volume 1 (2005) Hot Tomato Records Barnstormin' Live CD: Volume 2 (2005) Hot Tomato Records Join The Band (2008) Proper/Rough Trade Ram's Head Revisited (2011) Hot Tomato Records Little Feat from Down Under (2011) Hot Tomato Records - Live in Australia 40 Feat: The Hot Tomato Anthology (2011) Hot Tomato Records 3CDs American Cutie (2012) inakustik Rooster Rag (2012) Hot Tomato Records Rad Gumbo (2014) The Complete Warner Years 1971-1990 13 CD Boxset Live In Holland 1976 (2014) Eagle CD+DVD Electrif Lycanthrope (2015) inakustik St.Valentine's Day Massacre (2015) inakustik
Little Feat: Rockpalast Live (2000) Encore Music/Pioneer DVD/VHS Highwire Act - Live in St.Louis (2004) DVD Sights & Sounds (2005) DVD by Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett Burgers & Paradise (2005) Little Feat & Friends in Jamaica DVD Skin It Back: Live at Rockpalast (2009) DVD Edel
Little Feat Rockpalast Concert 1995 (incl. Jens Staugard review of Little Feat's Rockpalast concerts)
Little Feat Net Official
WDR Text 1977: Roger McGuinn was the forming member of the Byrds, the legendary westcoast- band of the 60's. He was also the first american musician, that combined the electrical Rock'n'roll with 3-part voice harmonies and subsequently became a leader for all later following bands in that direction (David Crosby, himself a Byrd and later with Stills, Nash and Young, or the Eagles). When you think of Roger McGuinn, you automatically think of the unique sound of his electric 12-string, that differentiates him from everybody else and that determines his classic compositions like "Eight Miles High", "So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star" or "Ballad Of Easy Ryder". Another page in Roger McGuinn's history is his colaboration with Bob Dylan. With his version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" he helped him have his first international hit and since they have traded compositions on a regular basis. Subsequently, it was quite natural, that McGuinn was an important guest at Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Review", before he founded his own band "Thunderbyrd", with which he "played at Rockpalast as the third Highpoint of the night.." (Official - Text)
The third band of the night comes on stage early in the morning and plays a fantastic show, full of energy - everybody's dancing. The sound of the 12-string fills the hall and Rick Vito's guitar gives the songs new drive. The old songs haven't sounded as fresh and new since the Byrds. Sam Clayton, Little Feat percussionist, just couldn't stay backstage - he came on stage and jammed with the Thunderbyrds.
Roger McGuinn's story is also the story of the Byrds, which he formed in 1964. Born on 7.13.49 in Chicago as James Joseph McGuinn, he changed his first name in '68. The Byrds consisted of: Gene Clark (voc,perc), Mike Clark (dr), David Crosby (g, voc), Chris Hillman (b, voc) and Roger McGuinn (g, voc). Everybody knows their hits, like "Eight Miles High", "Mr. Space- Man" or "Do You Want To Be A Rock'n Roll Star", as well as their excellent Dylan interpretations, especially "Mr. Tambourine Man". The band broke up in 1973 and McGuinn started various solo-projects. In 1975 he was a member of Bob Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue". In 1977 Mcguinn introduced his new band Thunderbyrd with a new album. After a renewed "Rolling Thunder Revue" came it to a collaboration with Gene Clark and Chris Hillman, which pro- duced 3 albums. Since the 80's McGuinn only plays only sporadically, either as soloartist or guest musician, for examply with Bob Dylan.
Roger McGuinn - g/voc
01 Lover Of The Bayou (6'30'') 02 American Girl (4'45'') 03 Mr. Spaceman (3'30'') 04 Why Baby Why/Tiffany Queen (4'45'') 05 Golden Loom (4'10'') 06 Juice Head (3'40'') 07 Chestnut Mare (5'30'') 08 Midnight Dew (?) 09 Dixie Highway * (4'10'') 10 We Can Do It All Over Again (4'05'') 11 Shoot Him (5'15'') 12 Feel A Whole Lot Better (2'45'') 13 Turn, Turn, Turn (3'00'') 14 Mr. Tambourine Man (2'15'') 15 Eight Miles High (6'05'') (* + Sam Clayton von Little Feat)
Roger McGuinn (1973) CBS 65274 Peace On You (1974) CBS 80171 Roger McGuinn And Band (1975) CBS 80877 Cardiff Rose (1976) CBS 81369 Thunderbyrd (1977) CBS 81883 Shooting Live (1978) Oh Boy 1-9144 (analog zum Rockpalast Konzert) McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (1979) Capitol 064-86075 City (1980) Capitol 064-86075 Mcguinn And HILLMAN (1980) Capitol 064-86237 Back From Rio (1991) Arista Roger McGuinn Live from Mars (1996) Hollywood Records 62090 Treasures From The Folk Den (2001) Hypertension/Edel Contraire 1210 HYP Roger Mcguinn & Band.. . Plus (2004) Bear Family Records Thunderbyrd (2005) Repertoire/SMARIS Remastert The Folk Den Project (2005) Live from Spain (2007) 22 Timeless Tracks from the Folk Den Project (2008) CCD (2011) April First Stories, Songs & Friends (2014) April First CD+DVD Electric Ladyland 1981 (2015) inakustik
Live At Rockpalast (2010) MIG Music
Roger McGuinn and Byrds books:
Time Between - Die Geschichte der Byrds
Heinz Dirk Zimmermann
Roger McGuinn (Byrds) Internet:
Roger McGuinn Personal Page
Fotos © WDR/Manfred Becker