Welcome to Oslo---"God's Place"
Oslo is located at the head of the Oslofjord and is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals. Founded in 1048 by Harald Hardrade. it has undergone several name changes after a fire decimated the town in 1624. It was rebuilt during the rule of king Christian IV and renamed Christiania, and then later Kristiania, finally changing back to its original name, Oslo, in 1924.
It has been called the "City of Tigers" after a famous poem by Nobel Prize winning laureate, Bjornstjerne Bjornson, that likens this political and cultural nerve center to a dangerous tiger.
It is also the childhood home of famed expressionist painter, Edvard Munch whose famous work titled, "The Scream" used the landscape of Oslo, with its view of the two bays at the head of the Oslofjord, as the backdrop to the portrait of the fear-stricken man.
Rory played at Chateau Neuf, a five-storied student activities center at the University of Oslo located in the Blindern section of the city. It is a building filled with hidden bars and concert stages, with its largest stage in the basement.
So head on down to the Chateau Neuf and raise a glass or two of Linie Aquavit in honor of the man who brought a new feral presence to the town known as the "City of Tigers." And unlike the man in the painting you'll be screaming with excitement as Rory Gallagher takes center stage.