Guitar great Rory Gallagher has been posthumously honoured with the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards in London.
Classic Rock magazine said: "The ability to inspire a new generation is a genuinely special trait. To be an inspirational figure you must not only be mercurially talented, but also a boundary-pusher, someone who breaks down walls and refuses to let their creativity be stifled."
Accepting the award, Rory Gallagher's brother Dónal said: "Ideally, I would want my brother here to collect the award in person, but I am very grateful to all who fly the Rory flag - this is one for the fans."
The new Rory Gallagher box set, Kickback City, has just been released.
Read the RTÉ TEN review at: www.rte.ie/ten/reviews/music/2013/1113/486442-rory-gallagher-kickback-city/ and watch out for an interview with Dónal Gallagher on RTÉ TEN in the coming weeks.
Dónal Gallagher: "I am very grateful to all who fly the Rory flag - this is one for the fans"
Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2013:
Best New Band: The Temperance Movement
Reissue of the Year: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition
Film of the Year: Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day
Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, 13
Band of the Year: The Rolling Stones
Breakthrough: The Virginmarys
Spirit of Prog: Alex Lifeson of Rush
Event of the Year: Black Sabbath hits No1 after 43 years
Innovator: Wilko Johnson
Musicians' Union Maestro: James Dean Bradfield, Manic Street Preachers
Classic Album: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton by John Mayall
Showman: The Darkness
Outstanding Contribution: Mott the Hoople
Metal Guru: Zakk Wylde
VIP: Shep Gordon
Living Legends: Black Sabbath
Tommy Vance Inspiration: Rory Gallagher