For the last two weeks I've been living out a childhood dream of mine.
I grew up on Rory Gallagher's music, so when I got the call to join original RG band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna on tour, I jumped at it.
So. What have I learned from working with my hero's band?
- You should always try and meet your heroes. They're probably just as awesome as you thought they'd be.
- You need to be pushed constantly. Being in a band means egging each other on and drawing out the best performance from your colleagues. I've never been pushed like I am being on this tour. I swear my fingers were an inch longer before I started this.
- The most important thing is the show. Not your guitar tone, not the drive, the soundcheck, the merchandise, or settling up at the end. Give it 110% or go home. If you're still able to stand up when it's over, you're doing it wrong.
- Time limits and curfews are not important. Alright. sometimes they are... but remember the last point? Haven't finished what you wanted to say? Keep going until you've hammered it so far home that it's undeniable. 90 minute sets? Don't make me laugh...
- Success is happiness with a job well done, and done with love. The most important one in this list. These guys have seen and done more than I ever will. The look of joy while they are playing is still the way I remember feeling when I started playing at 11 years old. They talk about their heroes with the same reverence I talk about them with. Our down time is spent mostly talking about music. Every moment on stage is carried out with true conviction, sincerity, and flat out old fashioned elbow grease and passion for the art. It's truly a powerful thing to be a part of.