Sat Eye Candy: Gary Moore


This past Sunday, February 6, one of the greatest guitarists the U.K. has ever produced, Gary Moore, was found dead of a heart attack in his hotel room while on holiday in Spain. A player of extreme confidence and muscle, Moore first rose to prominence with Thin Lizzy, a band he left and joined several times, but he also played in Dublin blues-rockers Skid Row and Colosseum II, as well as an extensive solo career that increasingly placed him in the upper echelon of electric blues players on the planet. Moore sparred with the likes of B.B. King, Greg Lake, Otis Taylor, Ginger Baker and countless others, and always left a serious impression. Like fellow Irishman Rory Gallagher, Moore was an original with a real facility for the blues, hard rock and much more, a guitarist and singer who approached each piece with palpable conviction and power. He will be sorely missed. (Dennis Cook)

We begin our salute to Moore with an early Lizzy rager. This is what rock ‘n’ roll is all about.

Many try their hand at Hendrix but few did so with more authority and fire than Gary Moore.

In recent years, Moore had been playing regularly with the great Otis Taylor. Sparks always flew when these two came together.

Moore utterly transforms “Don’t Believe A Word” from it’s somewhat frenetic original form, pouring the late night blues vibe of Freddie King into it.

He was just 16-years-old when he joined Skid Row and immediately his playing made the hairs on your neck stand up. Here he is at 19 tearing it up.

Moore was often at his most potent when he made his instrument cry and wail, a most human sound that reaches inside a listener to great effect.

Even those who didn’t know the depth of his work may have come across this signature tune in his catalogue.

A glimpse of the 80s incarnation of Thin Lizzy as they worked to evolve their sound.

Though largely unknown in the U.S. outside of prog-rock hardcores, Colosseum II nonetheless were one of the 70s units that picked up what Return To Forever and Weather Report laid down and ran with it.

A song that truly lives up to its title. This 1982 lineup of Moore’s band - Ian Paice, Don Airey, Neil Murray, John Sloman – is considered by many serious Moore fans as the best he ever had. It would be tough to beat the level of musicianship displayed here.

Not many can step up and give as good as they get with B.B. King but Moore surely does it.

We conclude with a raveup with Moore and his Thin Lizzy mates. We hope things are poppin’ off just as mightily in Heaven right now.

[Published on: 2/12/11]

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