Monday, 7 February 2011

Gary Moore The Blues and Rock Guitarist Dies

Yesterday the sad death of Gary Moore the blues and rock guitarist was announced.
"Moore grew up on Castleview Road opposite Stormont's Parliament Buildings, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast and started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. Moore got his first good-quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. Moore's early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career."  MORE
Gary Moore is best known for his involvement with the rock band 'Thin Lizzy'  who he first joined in 1973  and rejoined them several times more throughout his career.  Before joining 'Thin Lizzy' Moore was with the rock band 'Skid Row'.  In 1974 he joined Jon Hiseman's ‘Colosseum II’ and stayed with them until 1978 when he then followed mainly a solo career.  Gary Moore however collaborated with many major artists throughout his solo career like George Harrison, Albert Collins, BB King, Albert King and Greg Lake,Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, the Beach Boys and Ozzy Osbourne, just to name a few.

His fine rock and blues guitar virtuoso playing will be sadly missed.

Some Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Moore

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/06/gary-moore-thin-lizzy-dies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12377862

http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/gary-moore-dies