guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Slash has added his name to the growing list of fans calling for Rory Gallagher to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He sent out a tweet last week calling for other fans to sign an online petition to get the blues legend, who was born in Ballyshannon, into the Ohio museum.
His message was simple: “Please sign this petition to help get Rory Gallagher inducted into RRHF.”
Slash himself, along with the rest of Guns ‘n’ Roses, is among this year’s fifteen nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame. Only five acts will go through after 500 musicians, industry professionals and critics vote.
Cllr. Barry O’Neill, founder of the Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon, welcomed the news.
“We are delighted to see this endorsement of Rory and his music. Of course, it isn’t really a surprise, because Slash has always said that Rory Gallagher is one of his heroes. When Slash played the Ambassador in Dublin 18 months ago, he came out wearing a Rory Gallagher tee shirt. He held up his guitar and said that, if it hadn’t have been for Rory Gallagher, he might never have started playing it.
“Fans are mobilising now because a person cannot be inducted until 25 years after their first album was released and now that criteria is met.”
Rory Gallagher died in 1995 following complications after a liver transplant. The on-line petition was started by the late musicians brother Donal and Omagh fanzine publisher Dino McGartland.
The petition reads: “We, the undersigned, declare that Rory Gallagher, Irish Blues guitarist and songwriter, should be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame as soon as possible. Rory Gallagher is now eligible for induction as his first record was released more than 25 years ago.”