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GARY MOORE 1952–2011

6 February 2011 5,103 views 5 Comments

All here at TBL are saddened to hear of the death of Gary Moore aged 58.

He was found dead early on Sunday morning in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain.

Gary’s pioneering playing with Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and a successful solo career, merged blues and rock genres with finesse and precision.

On August 5th 1970, Skid Row performed at the Whisky Ago Go in Los Angeles  and were joined on stage by John Bonham.

Gary’s 1989 album After The War included the track Led Clones. Featuring guest vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, the song was a tongue in check nod to the wave of bands that were replicating the Led Zeppelin sound such as Kingdom Come and as the song put it – had ‘’stolen from the Houses Of The Holy’’.

In 2002, Gary Moore appeared at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert alongside Robert Plant & Strange Sensation, Paul Weller and Jimmy Page. Gary Foy an I were in attendance at that show at the Royal Albert Hall and I recall the guitarist setting the tone of the evening with a suitable blues wailing set.

TBL contributor Stephen Humphries commented:

‘’To say that I am in shock is a profound understatement. Gary was my all-time favorite guitarist and my fandom for the man ranks Zeppelin/Robert Plant. I own literally everything he has ever recorded.  I have collected literally everything he has ever recorded and saw him live a number of times. Gary was, to me, the greatest. Gary’s technique was, of course, truly virtuosic and few guitarists could play as many styles of music. But Gary’s greatest gift was his ability to get his emotions across on 6 strings in a way that few guitarists are able to do.’’

For more of Stephen’s thoughts on Gary Moore visit

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends (DL)

Gary Moore & Ozzy Osbourne-Led Clones

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  • Neil Henderson said:

    Was fortunate to see Gary Moore live on numerous occasions.The proudest moment was to be in the audience at the Glasgow Apollo 1984 in which four thacks were recorded for, We Want Moore double LP.

    Still cannot believe he is gone.

  • Chris Wright said:

    There has been so much talk about the stunning technique of virtuosos like Satriani and Vai, but where Gary Moore had them ALL licked was in the incredible emotion he packed into his guitar playing. He created a very special blend of blues, pop and rock styles to create something that was uniquely his own. Still Got the Blues never fails to move me as deeply as any song ever has, and probably ever will. And there are so many other corners of the Gary Moore catalogue that have a similar effect.

    Once again, we have had to say goodbye to one of the true greats and the world is that much the poorer. Thank goodness the recorded legacy will stand forever.

    Thanks Gary, it was a complete pleasure.

  • Jim Sloane said:

    Sad day – Gary was one of the best !!

  • Paul Lawrence said:

    Truly shocked and saddened by this, I was a big fan of his, and saw him play a few times. As Larry states above, he never really got the credit he deserved. RIP

    Paul Lawrence – Led By Zeppelin

  • Larry said:

    Very saddened to hear of this. I enjoyed his playing as well. He was a great player who probably never got his due. You don’t see him on many “top guitarists” lists which is absurd as he was probably better than most.

    Saw him live a few times, particularly a couple of times back in his metal days in the 80s. Incredibly exciting live player.

    RIP Gary. And thanks.

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