Gary Moore has tragically died aged only 58
He was a huge musical influence on my guitar playing and its terribly sad. In preparing a picture for this post I was reminded I’d spent a lifetime with Gary Moore
A Lifetime with Gary Moore
I never knew or met Gary Moore of course but he’s been ‘in my life’ if you will for over 3 decades, responsible for many hours of tortured practice.
He was, quite simply, a fantastic guitar player !
You’ll note I’ll be paying the man the respect he deserves and referring to him by name only and not prefixing it with ‘Former Thin Lizzy Guitarist’ - he was incredible in his own right.
I remember seeing him way back on a TV show called Rock School. He was demonstrating his pedal board and I sat in awe as a young kid watching and listening to the huge sound only he seemed capable of creating.
It was a time before video, MTV and YouTube etc and you never got to see these people, with YouTube and the like nowadays it’s difficult for those who know nothing else to understand the impact such a thing had back then.
In the picture you’ll see vinyl LPs such as Skid Row, Grinding Stone, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s variation of Paganini’s 24 Caprices (theme tune for the South Bank Show), Dirty Fingers and Back on the Streets, then the harder rock stuff of Corridors of Power, Back to the Future and We Want Moore a live album.
Subsequent modern blues CDs which saw him very successfully change musical track and an example of some of his guitar tab which I’ve spent hours learning.
Last night I watched the Montreux Sessions on DVD and once again marvelled at how he wrung every ounce of tone, feeling and warmth out of that Les Paul.
Interestingly, whilst I was watching him play that classic Gibson a Peter Green documentary was on BBC4 - you’ll know the connection and what a coincidence that was !
His passing serves to remind us that we’re all getting older and things that seem recent could in fact have been decades ago now.
I genuinely feel sad at the loss of Gary Moore as he played such a big part in my early life it’s a real shame. The only consolation is that he leaves a tremendous legacy that will never die - the spirit of Gary Moore will live on not only in his music but in the music created by other guitarists so inspired by the great man himself.
Nobody ever made a Les Paul sing like that
If you have memories, thoughts or opinions on the absolute real deal Guitar Hero Gary Moore then please do feel free to leave a comment