Category: belfast

Do you ever post any Taste/Rory Gallagher? I tried looking through tags, but couldn't find anything – though that could also be Tumblr being its usual nightmare self.

Well, friend, ya stumped me! I’d heard Rory’s name but knew nothing about him (or heard him that I’m aware of), and had certainly never heard of Taste!

It turns out that our boy Rory had a stellar 1971, with his second solo album called Deuce, two Taste live albums, (Taste Live, and Live At The Isle of Wight), and finishing ahead of Eric Clapton to top Melody Maker’s poll for Best Guitarist!

As you know (and I discovered), he’d left Taste as 1970 ended, and the tale is a sad one, combining the usual record label nonsense of the era with the Irish Troubles. Taste, and Rory in particular, had gone from having vocal supporters in John Lennon and Eric Clapton (opening for both Cream’s final shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Blind Faith’s US tour) to a final show in Belfast on December 31, 1970 as a dozen car bombs ripped the city apart. 

Rory was 19 when the band started, and 22 when it all came crashing down.

An amazing telling of the tale here: The rise and acrimonious fall of Rory Gallagher’s Taste: Cork power trio Taste blazed onto the blues scene, propelled by Rory Gallagher’s incendiary guitar. Fours years later they blew up in a maelstrom of betrayal. (Read on – a genuinely fantastic read, even for folks like me who aren’t familiar with Rory!)

Taste was only around for a few years, so not a ton of photos, and most of the ones I’ve seen around the web are already on tumblr. I did find a couple I haven’t seen here yet, including a couple from that amazing 1970 edition of The Isle of Wight Festival:

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And one from 1975 that I think looks pretty cool:

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And a more tender one:

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I found all of these on the Pinterest of a user named Fenna Bosman, and none seemed to point back to tumblr images. If any of you have better sources, by all means let me know!

Anyway, YOU surely have a lot more to tell ME about all this, so feel free to drop me a line! My chat’s open if you want to keep it private, and I don’t post non-anon Asks without permission, so let me know what else I should know!

PS. Coming soon: more answered Asks!

firethatgrewsolow:

firethatgrewsolow:

soundsof71:

Led Zeppelin, first performance of “Stairway to Heaven”, Belfast, March 5 1971, via ledzeppelin

Was met with polite applause. Lol. I wonder if the audience had any clue about what they’d just heard. I’m sure they figured it out later. 🙂

Stumbled across this show last night, and I’d forgotten how absolutely fantastic Robert’s voice is in it.  Here’s the boot.  Everyone is playing their heart out, but Robert is simply unbelievable.  Forgive the somewhat murky audience recording and take a minute to listen.  Unreal.  

Jimmy has noted that “Stairway to Heaven” didn’t become “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” until the US 1973 tour, which sounds about right to me. Contemporary reviews don’t really lock onto it one way or the other; Billboard’s first (very positive) review of LZ IV doesn’t even mention it at all. 

But this is a terrific boot of an important show. Thanks for the link!

soundsof71:

out-on-the-zeppelin:

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Belfast, 1971.

This March 5 show debuted 4 songs that would appear on Led Zeppelin IV later that year: “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, and “Going to California”.

And maybe it’s me having grown up in a Yiddish neighborhood in Brooklyn, but Jimmy’s hat, beard, and curled forelock looking very Orthodox to me, in a good way.

Bonzo, dark and light, from Led Zeppelin’s March 5, 1971 show in Belfast, where they debuted songs from Led Zeppelin IV. This really does summarize the delicate and wild wonder that is John Bonham.

out-on-the-zeppelin:

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Belfast, 1971.

This March 5 show debuted 4 songs that would appear on Led Zeppelin IV later that year: “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, and “Going to California”.

Led Zeppelin, first performance of “Stairway to Heaven”, Belfast, March 5 1971, via ledzeppelin

firethatgrewsolow:

waywaydowninside:

Belfast, 1971

Floating around 71 tonight.  This was the first show of their “Back to the Clubs” tour, and they played lots of things from LZ IV for the first time.  Check it out – Black Dog.  The whole gig is on youtube, and it’s incredible.  Not a great recording, but Robert’s voice is superhuman.    

March 5: tonight’s debuts also include Rock and Roll, Going to California, and of course Stairway to Heaven. This and the following night in Dublin would be their only Irish shows.

John Bonham, Belfast, March 5, 1971. The first show to promote Led Zeppelin IV.

Bonzo, dark and light, from Led Zeppelin’s March 5, 1971 show in Belfast, where they debuted songs from Led Zeppelin IV. This really does summarize the delicate and wild wonder that is John Bonham.