Gary Moore

Quite shocked to hear of Gary Moore’s death (likely to be confirmed as a heart attack) this week, as much for it happening at such a relatively young age really. I first came across Gary in Colosseum 2 back in 1975, where he rubbed shoulders with DP man-to-be Don Airey and Whitesnake’s former bassist Neil Murray.
His other connections with the DP scene were of course with Ian Paice, who joined him around the Corridors Of Power album, after getting fed-up with the Whitesnake on-off saga (an album which also featured Airey). We were only watching a repeat of the Gary Moore Sight & Sound In Concert a few months back on BBC4 TV.

Gary Moore Manchester Apollo
photo : copyright Harry Potts, taken at the Manchester Apollo in the 80s.


9 Responses to “Gary Moore”

  1. Roy Davies Says:

    Sad to hear of his death; I well recall the superb gig I saw at the NEC on the Wild Frontier tour- guitar work arguably better than anything Ritchie was doing with DP at the time. I recently found an forum post by Roger Glover regarding the man that I think is an apt tribute, and Ive reproduced below;

    “For a while, some years ago, Gary Moore and his family lived close to me, his manager at the time was Steve Barnett, (incidentally, an old DP business associate from the early days). During this time our families had a few dinners and evenings together. Once, in my basement studio, we did a demo together of Cold Day in Hell, I think it’s called, and that was pretty much that until the very last day he was there. They had nowhere to stay for the final night, having left their rented home, and we offered them accommodation. That night I played Gary a song that I had been working on. I had got as far as a 24-track demo with machine drums, bass, keyboards and mandolin. He heard it, asked if I wanted him to add some guitar. I said sure but it was too late that night. The next day their car was due to pick them up at 6pm. At 4.30pm we finally went down and he picked my old Strat which hadn’t been set up for years, the strings were ancient, and plugged it into a small Polytone bass amp. He did three passes at it before domestic matters intervened and then he was gone to the airport and back to the UK for good. I spent an hour or so compiling his guitar parts and there it remains – an idea for a song with some brilliant guitar on it. I have yet to figure out what to do with it – release it on a possible ‘basement tapes’ kind of deal, or finish writing the song and edit part of what he did as a solo. Unfortunately the sound is not exactly the best, considering the equipment he was using, so I don’t know if he would ever consent to that being released, at least on a ‘proper’ album. His performance, whatever anyone thinks of his blues technique, was nothing short of superb. His sense of pitch, phrasing, and the sheer power of his fingers (I tried later and physically couldn’t bend the all but rusty strings the way he had done) blew me away and I was left with a new found respect for Gary’s abilities as a guitar player. RG “

  2. Jamie Woodward Says:

    I only saw Gary Moore twice but have followed his Lizzy and post-Lizzy careers. He played Manchester Apollo with G-Force around 1981/2 in support of Whitesnake (latter on the Ready and Willing tour). He almost blew the snakes off the stage. He was awesome. The second time I saw him was back at the Apollo in late 1985 when Out in the Fields was in the charts. Phil Lynott joined him on stage for a couple of numbers and the roof nearly came off the place. A few weeks later, January 1986, Lynott was dead. Check out the film of GM with Lizzy playing next to the Sydney Opera House – one of his finest moments and there were many. RIP Gary Moore.

  3. Anthony Says:

    Neil, you could be thinking of G-Force, who supported Whitesnake in 1980. That band, at Southampton Gaumont, were breathtaking. Am sure they would’ve played Manchester Apollo too.

    Gary Moore and Michael Schenker were to many of us the “new” Blackmore and Page in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Moore could play anything brilliantly, and with lots of wild emotion. He always played well. Yes, I agree that he and Paicey were a good combination.

    RiP, GM.

  4. Mike Galway Says:

    Gary Moore was a great guitarist, often overlooked for some reason-I especially love his playing with Lizzy and Colosseum II’s Strange New Flesh has some wonderful music- My one and only everything is called “Roisin” after the Black Rose album- R.I.P. Gary and thoughts with his family and loved ones.

  5. Jeff Summers Says:

    I saw him in Colloseum II, probably about 12 times. Prior to that enjoyed his work on Skid Row and album and his solo album Grinding Stone. He was almost as influential as Ritchie I think and will be sorely missed.

    RIP Gary Moore.

  6. Neil Cutler Says:

    I too was shocked to hear of the death of Gary Moore. A quick look on You Tube confirms what a talented guitarist he was. He chopped and changed quite a bit so wasn’t always easy to keep up with careerwise, but I seem to remember seeing him as a support act, probably at the Manchester Apollo, though I don’t remember who he opened for, Rainbow, Whitesnake or Gillan? Real sad loss and far too young.

  7. Martin Says:

    After Ian and Don joined Gary, he actually has taken hard rock to the very next level, regardless to the NWOBHM happening. He seemed to be outside of it but he estabilished his own illimitable standard. His guitar sound was genuine for being as sharp as a razor, slaying with speed and precision, but unlike to then-to-come new wave of modern axemans (like EVHie, Satch, Vaee or Yng) – always emotive and displaying the feel and the witty awareness of every note meaningful in the soundscape. Take it in “Mistreated”-ish “I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow” or the headkick of “Don’t Take Me For A Looser” with middle improv building up to a gunflashing notes outpur. Simply amazing, I believe it suited Paicey very well, and actually rocked to the bone, maybe the best in Purple tree of early eighties along with late Gillan stuff. And this style, while abondoned in 1989, became a kind of amusing style stamp on hard rock that was – in a way – something many performers could only wildly dream about. So strange that limited audiences have appreciated that, including the Man himself. Indeed, The Lord of the Strings. Hats off, Gary, you’ll be so dearly missed with your sounds, skills and unbreakable attitude of a total command to feel the guitar. Rest in peace, True Inspirator.

  8. Andy DiGelsomina Says:

    Gary Moore was the Mount Everest of rock guitar players, in that he sounded so massive, and peaked so high. His guitar style was one of the most dominating sounds in rock history, and he died way too early.

    R.I.P. Gary; bet you’re jamming with Phil Lynott, John Bonham, John Entwistle, and Ronnie James Dio. And you KNOW they have a hell of a band.

  9. Jon Kirkman Says:

    I also remember Gary Moore with Colosseum II and of course Thin Lizzy. I have also interviewed him a great many times over the years and he was always very gracious and very open and honest and no matter that there was a gig on he always made sure that you got the interview you wanted. An amazingly talented man who was one of the great guitarists of my generation and a thoroughly nice guy as well. We will miss his talent but most definitely mourn the man.

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