2011 was already off to a bad start in the eyes of music fans as it had taken both Phil Kennemore (from Y&T) and Don Kirshner from us in January and now it is with great sadness that I announce that the music world has lost the legendary guitar slinger Gary Moore. He was 58 years old.
For many fans Gary Moore first came into public prominence with his band Skid Row and no, not the Hard Rock/Hair Metal group that was fronted at one time by Sebastian Bach but instead a Dublin based Blues Band. He knew musicians like Phil Lynott and Brian Downey since his high school days and resultant of this had a very early association with their band Thin Lizzy. He was actually a member at three different points in time which I found very interesting. Aside from the work with the legendary Irish band, Gary was also known for a nothing short of prolific solo career. While I was one of those casual fans it was thanks to the efforts of my own music circle that I would enjoy albums like “Corridors of Power” and “Victims Of The Future”. It was great stuff when you took a larger look at it and Gary’s talents shined like a beacon over much of his competition. It’s also important to remember just how great and powerful a voice that the musician had under his command. He was influential to many a Hard Rock and Metal guitar player during these years and even found his music inspiring the Finnish juggernauts Nightwish, who offered the world their take on “Over The Hills and Far Away”. They did a nice job and you should do a search for it to see for yourself.
In 1990, Moore returned to performing Blues music and while this might have surprised his heavy music fans, it did not at all disappoint them since he did this genre so much justice. The album “Still Got The Blues” was a fantastic journey into his musical talent and he would remain on this particular road for many more years. I was never able to enjoy Gary’s talent in the live sense and instead only got to see him on videos, and to listen to his music on record, tape and eventually CD. He was one of the many that I had hoped to see in my lifetime, but now that is no longer possible.
Gary was vacationing in Estepona, Spain at the time of his death. No other information has been released.
The impact of Gary’s legendary skills are far-reaching and we would love to find your own views about the master being left on this memorial as comments. Please feel free to share your stories about shows attended, the music that inspired you or even your encounters with him in person. Rest in Peace Gary Moore. You are once again jamming with Phil Lynott and perhaps even working on material being overseen by Ronnie James Dio. Thanks for all of your musical gifts to the world. You shall never be forgotten.