A proposal made by the Wilgar Community Forum (East Belfast) for a statue of Irish music legend Rory Gallagher to be placed outside Ulster Hall has been approved by the Belfast City Council planning committee, according to the BBC.
Gallagher (2 March 1948-14 June 1995) is world renowned for his guitar virtuosity, and is cited as an influence by U2’s The Edge, Slash of Guns N’ Roses, and Brian May of Queen, amongst many others.
He is also well known in his native Ireland for his insistence on performing in Northern Ireland during the 1970’s when many other acts refused to play there because of the ongoing violence.
Jimi Hendrix, when asked what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world, is purported to have said, “I don’t know. Go ask Rory Gallagher.”