Rock icons pay tribute to Harry Doherty

The late Harry Doherty (on right) with Queen guitarist Brian May.
The late Harry Doherty (on right) with Queen guitarist Brian May.

Some of the biggest names in the world of rock music have been paying tribute to Harry Doherty, the Derry-born journalist and critic, who passed away last week.

Harry (61), who started his media career with the ‘Derry Journal’ in the early 1970s, died in hospital in London last weekend.

Originally frm Richmond Crescent in the city, Harry had been living on the south coast of England for the past number of years.

He will be remembered at a service in St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, this Saturday (May 10) at 4 p.m.

Brian May, guitarist with music legends Queen, and Scott Gorham, of Thin Lizzy fame, have both paid tribute to Harry.

“In a largely cynical music journalism world from the 1970s onwards, Harry was one of the Good Guys,” wrote May in his web diary.

The notoriously press-phobic guitarist added: “He was a trusted friend, one of the very few that I ever had in the music press, and I will miss him greatly.”

With Harry Doherty, Scott Gorham, lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, wrote the biography of the band, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’.

“Harry was the only qualified person to tackle the project, and he did a superb job,” says Gorham.

“I’m going to miss him, as will a great many others. Rest in peace, dear friend, your heart was always in the right place.”

Niall Stokes, editor of Irish music magazine, ‘Hot Press’, also hailed the Derry man’s contribution to rock journalism.

“It made a huge difference to Irish bands, knowing that there was someone from this neck of the woods writing at a high level about music in London,” he said.

“As it proved, Harry was a great champion for Irish music – and he also inspired young Irish rock writers to believe that they too could make their mark... Harry will be hugely missed by everyone in the business.”