One of the things that was crucial for me I got from Rory Gallagher, which was the idea of, like, being a guitar player for life and living it.
Johnny Marr (The Smiths), UK Guitarist 265: The Rory Gallagher Story, BBC Radio 2
Rory's death really upset me. I heard about it just before we went on stage, and it put a damper on the evening. I can't say I knew him that well, but I remember meeting him in our offices once, and we spent an hour talking. He was such a nice guy and a great player.