Rest In Peace. Gary Moore...

Gary Moore dies aged 58...
(4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)

On Sunday 6th February 2011 musician Gary Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

Acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced; Gary Moore’s career dated back to the sixties. Moore graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands including Thin Lizzy, Collosseum II and Skid Row, to name but three, and to this year maintained a highly successful solo career.

Gary is survived by four children; daughters Saoirse and Lily and sons Jack and Gus. His family take great comfort in the fact he died of natural causes and was looking forward to his holiday prior to recording a new album. Gary was thrilled by new guitars he had just bought and was planning to play shows throughout the world, later this year.

His family has requested that their privacy is respected during this sad time and no further comment will be made. They would very much like to express their heartfelt thanks for the show of support and all the kind messages from friends and fans alike, the world over.

From the official Gary Moore website.


イギリス諸島が生んだ最も素晴らしいギタリストのひとりとして認められるゲイリー・ムーアのキャリアは、60年代まで遡ります。ムーアは、さまざまな重要ロック・バンド、3つ挙げるとすればTHIN LIZZY、COLLOSSEUM II、SKID ROWのラインナップに名を連ね、今日に至るまで非常に成功したソロ活動を続けてきました。



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Musician Tributes
Neil Carter
I cannot quite believe that Gary Moore has passed away today. He was a huge part of my working life and a close friend. His brilliance as a musician will last forever in his recorded work and in the hearts of his fans. It has been a privelidge to have known and worked alongside him. My deepest sympathies go to his children and family.
Darrin Mooney
I am still stunned by the awful news of Gary's death. I fell very honoured to have played on many albums and gigs over the years with Gary and to have been involved with the last gigs in Russia, we really had a great time and couldn't wait to record a new celtic album and get out there again. Gary is the finest musician I have ever played with and I think he is one of the great guitar heroes of all time. Working with Gary was a real eye-opener for me because he never played half hearted. Every rehearsal I did with him was like a full on gig, you had to have your shit together because Gary didn't make mistakes, he would be firing on all cylinders and taking no prisoners. Amazing!!! Gary was extremley gifted and worked very hard practicing and evolving which was also inspiring and which made him a cut above the rest. Gary has been a big part of my musical journey and I will never forget that and will miss him dearly. I hope Jimi was waiting for him, he would have loved that.
Jonathan Noyce
Yesterday was not a dream. Gary Moore has died. He was my friend and I am deeply shocked. I wish you peace, dear Gary. And to Gary's family and friends, Raffy and I have you all in our hearts and minds. Love. Jonathan and Raffaella.
Brian Downey
I am in total shock. I have known Gary since 1967 when he was in PLATFORM THREE and he's been an amazing friend ever since. It was a pleasure to play with Gary again in 2006 after his days with LIZZY. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I just can't believe he is gone.
Scott Gorham
Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience, he was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him.
Eric Bell
I still can't believe it, Bell told the BBC. He was so robust, he wasn't a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy. He was a superb player and a dedicated musician.
Brian Robertson
When I first joined THIN LIZZY and we recorded the 'Nightlife' album, there was this track that we had to do, a song called 'Still In Love With You'. As it was time to record the guitar solos I refused to replace Gary's original solos. They were the best solos I'd ever heard at that point and I wouldn't let anyone talk me into changing that! In the early days with LIZZY, we did a tour of Europe with COLOSSEUM II, which was the band Gary was in at the time, and we did a gig in Arnhem, Holland. Gary came round my room at the hotel after the show with a crate of brandy. Needless to say, we had a great time and we ended up hosing each other down with the fire hoses in the hallway. Unfortunately, the fire alarm went off and the whole hotel had to be evacuated. It was a very cheap hotel and it had lots of senior citizens living there, so all of these people had help each other out of the hotel in the middle of the night while Gazza and I stayed in the room and tried to hide. We ended up in the nick for that prank, but it was quickly sorted by our managements.
Neil Murray
My memories of Gary will be of someone who was dedicated to playing the guitar as well as he possibly could and with total focus, energy and intense commitment. I don't think I ever heard him play a wrong note and he was able to effortlessly become Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix if he felt like it. He was a very funny, down-to-earth guy and for over 10 years we seemed to share identical, wide-ranging taste in music, more so than anyone else I've played with. I wish I'd had the opportunity to play blues with him but that came later in his career. I do remember that in the mid-70s he was very casual about how he looked after the priceless Peter Green Les Paul ? then again, he could make just about any guitar sing and cry. His passing is a giant loss for music.
Glenn Hughes
I'm devastated to hear of Gary’s passing. A truly great British rock and blues hero. I shared many wonderful musical and personal experiences with him. “He was a ferocious player, and had no fear of his instrument. I'm glad that Gary and I got to mend our relationship. Rest In Peace.
Tommy Aldridge
It was while living in London that I had the privilege of working with Gary on a couple albums and tours. Coincidentally it was during the same time that I met Randy Rhoads. Talk about a double-whammy...yikes! The fact that Randy was a fan of his pretty much says it all. Gary had an amazing work ethic that, in combination with his God-given gift, made him an extremely dangerous guitarist. His sheer athleticism on the instrument was exceeded only by his true musicianship. He played music, not just guitar. I was shocked when I heard of his passing. Though he loved a good laugh he led a disciplined life. I am blessed to have known him.
Charlie Huhn
I did several recording projects with Gary Moore and the guy was amazing. He could play anything, flawlessly. We would be in the studio recording and he would start goofing around with a country version of the song we were recording and, as if that wasn't funny enough, he would do a Japanese version. Unbelievable. The many nights we would spend at the hotel bar after recording at Morgan Studio NW London for the Dirty Fingers album would be filled with joking, poking and self-depricating humor which made one feel like we were accepted in the presence of this genius. The title for the album wasn't decided and having two Americans in the band, Tommy Aldridge on drums and myself, Gary, being Irish, jokingly suggested, “Let's call it Paddy and the Septics. No wait, The Four Skins!” What a hoot. He didn't drink much because his father did and he wanted to work on his career but what a jokester. A few years later we did a release and a tour of England including the Marquee Club in London and the Reading Festival. The first day of rehearsal, I was so jet lagged that after an hour of practice I laid down on a bench at rehearsal unknowingly fell fast asleep with all the noise going on. Then a tap on the foot woke me up and the guys were playing “The Star Spangled Banner” perfectly. A little embarrassing but hey, I'm in the midst of international superstars, Ian Pace on drums and Neil Murray on bass. Gary was always so positive, happy and generous and I will always remember all the great times we shared in the 80's. Rest In Peace, my friend. That was a great song, as well, from the Dirty Fingers album. I will sorely miss you, Gary.
Greg Lake
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Gary Moore. Gary was not only a fellow musician but also a soul mate; ever since he played in my solo band we developed a special bond and I will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.
Bob Daisley
It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Gary Moore in this way. His passing has come as a sad and terrible shock and I have difficulty believing that he’s gone. I have many fond memories of our years together, both in the workplace of music and as friends. I have love and respect for Gary as a musician and as a person, he was one of the greatest. Farewell and rest in peace Gary my friend. Sincerely, Bob Daisley.
Gary Ferguson
I am so sad my old colleague is gone. I really wanted to play music with him again. He was inspirational to me as a player as he played with so much passion. My heart goes out to his family. It is so surreal to have lost him he was a strong person. Rest in peace my brother you will be missed.
Eric Singer
I had the Pleasure to play drums with Gary on his 1987 Wild Frontier tour. I joined Gary's band via Bob Daisley. We had recorded together with Black Sabbath on the Eternal Idol album. Bob arranged the audition in London in January of 1987. We soon began rehearsals for what would become one of Gary's most successful tours ever. I remember we would practice everyday at John Henry Studios in London. Bob and Neil Carter lived in Brighton and would have to leave in time to make their train home. Gary and I would sometimes stay on and jam. Just drums & guitar. We would play Thin Lizzy tunes or just jam endlessly as Gary never ran out of ideas when it came to soloing! He would also play those legendary guitars back then. The "Peter Green" 19589 Les Paul and his "Pink Salmon" 1962 Fender Stratocaster. He of course did not take those on tour anymore as they had become much to rare & valuable. I have to say the one thing that always stood out to me about Gary was his absolute passion and intensity as a guitarist. This man played every song and note like it was the last time he would ever play it. And therefore demanded and expected the same from his band. I have to admit he could be a bit tough on drummers. But he only asked for and expected what he himself gave to music. And that was complete commitment every time you played with him. He inspired me to want to play up to his level every night. I will always thank him for the opportunity he gave me to play with him. He really was a Brilliant musician. And I always felt like he helped take me to another level as a drummer & musician. It was an experience and an education I will never forget and take with me everywhere I go. God Bless You Gary Moore.
Ozzy Osbourne
I knew Gary Moore for what seemed like forever. We'd run into each other many times over the years and we were always able to pick up right where we left off. I had the honor of recording with Gary on his 'After The War' album on the track 'Led Clones' which was great fun. To say that his death is a tragic loss doesn't seem to give it the justice it deserves. We've lost a phenomenal musician and a great friend. Rest in peace, Gary.
Jack Bruce
Truly shocked and terribly saddened by the news. Our thoughts are with Gary Moore's family, friends and all of his fans. What a sad loss.
Roger Glover
I am deeply shocked and saddened about Gary's passing. He was truly one of the great guitarists, had a huge talent, and was a musical force beyond par. I am a fan.
Paul Rodgers
Gary was a friend and a truly great man. I respect that he played the game his way... no time for B.S. He was focused and passionate about music and was one of the best. The last time that I jammed with Gary, he came on as my special guest at London's Royal Albert Hall and proceeded to take it to another level... the place imploded! When he played, he was a man on fire. If there hadn't been an ocean between us and Gary didn't mind flying, we absolutely would have created more together. We've lost a great British blues man and I am very, very sad.
Otis Taylor
Dear blues fans: I am saddened by the news of the death of the great Irish blues guitarist Gary Moore. Touring and recording with Gary was a highlight of my career. I will not forget his generosity and all that he did for me. Sincerely, Otis
Gypsy and The Wolf
He will never be forgotten, a legend and a friend, RIP
Roger Taylor (Queen)
It was my wife who told me the news. It’s terrible: 58 is just too early. In Phil(ip Lynott)'s case it was tragic, and in Gary’s case there should have been a lot more years. “I have great memories of Gary on tour in Thin Lizzy with Queen: always smiling, very cheerful and… too young to die. He’d recently joined Lizzy and he fitted in great: a blindingly fast player, and his thing was these staccato runs, with a bit of jazz in there. Totally different to Brian(May), who’s a very fluid player, but musicians usually ‘get’ other rated musicians, and Brian very much enjoyed his playing. Over the years, I’d see Gary out in the clubs: a great guy on the scene. He liked to drink, as I remember, but everybody did in those days. It’s very sad. But I think his music will live on. Virtuosity is something we really don’t have now: there are lots of great bands, but the emphasis just isn’t on that anymore. In those days, it was all about how great you were; there were so many virtuosos and he was definitely one of them. He was a star player.
Joe Bonamassa
Hey Everybody, It pains me to write this but the great Gary Moore has passed away. He was one of my premier inspirations in guitar playing. Like all young lads in the early 90's I was given a copy of Still Got the Blues. It blew me away.. His tone a phrasing were perfect. Gary opened up the door for me and a lot of other blues rock guitarist. He was a legend, a musical titan and a very nice man. I only met him twice and he always joked around with me how my records changed style from one song to the next. He also.. said that he enjoyed my work and congratulated me on the success I was having. He was a class act and a true original.. Ireland has lost another of its most talented sons today.. I am still a bit in shock so .. I apologize if my words are not as eloquent as they should be.. I have brought out the "Gary Moore" les paul... ( i named one of my guitars after him) and have been playing his stuff today.. Rest in peace.. GM
Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
Terrible news. Well he's definitely up at the top isn't he?. In fairness I think that he was probably wrongly accused of being one of these speed merchant guitarists because he could play fast. But the thing about Gary was that he actually came from the blues. Whereas a lot of the '80s guitarists just ripped Eddie Van Halen off. With Gary, he'd done his kind of - he'd paid his dues. He came down as a 16 year old kid from Belfast to Dublin in 1970 I think it was - 69/70 and joined this band called SKID ROW. Which is not the Skid Row that you guys know but it was the band that featured Phil Lynott before he was in THIN LIZZY and then of course on and off through the next 10 years or so he was in and out of Thin Lizzy. Three or four times and at the same time he was also in a band called COLISEUM and he had a lot of solo stuff." He actually was - he took over funnily enough, he took over from JON BUTCHER AXIS on our Pyromania tour about halfway through it and was special guest to ourselves and KROKUS. He had Ian Paice from DEEP PURPLE on drums. I remember like Rick Allen was just couldn't - he was beside himself. He was 16 years old or 17/18 years old and his hero, his drumming hero was third on the bill to us you know. We were almost apologising for it you know! We knew Gary pretty well and he was a lovely chap and it's such a shame and such a waste.
Kee Marcello (Europe)
The first time I heard him play was on the first Skid Row album. I remember on the record sleeve it said, ‘Gary Moore - 17 years old - lead guitar’ and, even back then, he was amazing. I loved Colosseum II and then, of course, his work with Thin Lizzy. Black Rose was just incredible. His sense for melodies reminded me of Jeff Beck; he had superior technique, melody and feel and knew where to play a lot and where not to play. His later work turned on a whole new generation to the blues. It is very sad to see him pass at a way-too-young age. I will miss him.
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
I spent today rediscovering some of the work he did. Nobody ever played with more emotion than Gary Moore. He played with unmatched soul and melody. But he was also by far, THE most ferocious, fearless and intense player i ever heard. No question. His playing made a huge impact on me. I had the opportunity to see him play several times while on tour. I remember me and Reb listening to him warm up.... It was awesome! Not only was he one of the all time great guitarists right up there with guys like Hendrix and Rhoads, but his voice was righteous and pure. Rest Peacefully Gary.
Steve Morse (Deep Purple)
On the last date of our tour a couple of months ago, Gary was playing on Roger's MP3 player backstage through an amplified speaker. It was Gary and our Don Airey, I think, playing with Colosseum II. They sounded great, of course. Don always spoke fondly of his playing, and I'm a fan as well. His playing was lively, energetic, but tasteful at the same time. I never knew him but all of us in Purple were shocked at the loss.
Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers)
I had the pleasure of meeting Gary when he was playing with Thin Lizzy, back in the late 70's early 80's, I think it was. We played a few shows with the guys, and I wondered who this great guitarist was. I remember having a beer somewhere in a bar while on the tour, and speaking briefly with him. He was a gentle soul, and quietly friendly while we hung out together. A few years later, I started really listening to Gary's music, and became a huge fan. I would venture to say that, in my humble opinion, he was one of the greatest blues players of our time. And a tremendous all around musician in general. Great voice, killer licks and tone, and he really could play any kind of music. It's obvious to us, his fans, that his heart belonged to the blues, but he rocked with a vengeance, and he could sing a gentle ballad with all the feeling one might hope for. It's funny, but I was just thinking about him the other day, and hoping I would have a chance to see him play somewhere soon. Now he's jamming with the immortals, and I'll have to wait awhile longer. He left us all the gift of an amazing amount of fantastic recorded material, and I feel so lucky to have that to remember him. I'm going now to put on the DVD of his live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990. I recommend this to anyone who loves Gary, or wants to see this great artist at his best. We'll all miss him, but his music lives on for us, and we'll keep him in our hearts. Thank you Gary for keeping the flame burning.
Joe Lynn Turner
Gary Moore was one of the greats. He had his roots in the blues and the power of rock, which is a brilliant combination. I have played with some of the best guitarists in the business, and when asked if wanted to do a project with someone else, I always said, 'Gary Moore.' Maybe it's little known, but I am a guitarist myself. I became a singer by pure accident. So I can really appreciate Gary's playing from a musician's point of view. He was an amazing talent and let's not forget his voice, which was pure and honest like his playing. I had the great fortune to meet Gary while in Denmark during the RAINBOW days. He was a great guy and very down to earth, which is impressive, to say the least. We shall greatly miss him for he was an original who stood out from the rest. I send my sympathies to his family and friends and to the rock world who is truly saddened by this loss. RIP, Gary.

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本当にショックです。ゲイリーとは、彼がPlatform Threeに在籍していた1967年以来の知り合いで、それからはずっと素晴らしい友人だった。Thin Lizzyを離れてから、2006年にもう一度彼と共演(「Close As You Get」)できて、とても嬉しかった。ゲイリーはいつも私やファンの心の中にいるだろう。彼が逝ってしまったなんて信じられないよ。
「Black Rose」時代、Thin Lizzyでゲイリーと一緒にプレイできたのは、私にとって素晴らしい経験となった。彼は偉大なプレイヤーであり、偉大な人間だったんだ。彼がいなくなると寂しくなるよ。
私が最初にThin Lizzyに加わって「Night Life」のレコーディングをしていた時、「Still In Love With You」を作り上げる指示をされた。私は、ゲイリーのソロと差し替えることを拒否した。私がこれまでに聞いたu中で最も良いソロで、説得してそれを替えさせなかった。Thin Lizzyは、Colosseum IIとヨーロッパ・ツアー中でアルンヘム(オランダ)でギグをした。ゲイリーは、ショーの終わった後、ホテルの私の部屋に来た。言うまでもなく、素晴らしい時間を過ごし、そして私たちは、廊下で消化ホースで水をかけあった(!?)火災報知器が鳴り出し、全員ホテルは避難するはめになった。(略)このいたずらで刑務所に行ったが、マネージャーの素早い対応で事なきを得た。
ゲイリー・ムーアは、ジミ・ヘンドリックス、エディ・ヴァン・ヘイレン、スティーヴィー・レイ・ヴォーン、マイケル・シェンカーと並んで、間違いなく俺が影響を受けたギタリストのトップ5に入る。彼のブルースのアルバムを初めて聴いたときのことを覚えている。完全に吹っ飛ばされたよ。その弾き方だけじゃない、サウンドにもだ。あまりにも影響受けたから、彼のサウンドとフィールをもとにリフを作ったことがある。それが「The Black Album(Metallica)」の中の「The Unforgiven」になった。そのギター・ヒーローであるゲイリーと1年半前に偶然、会うことができた。ドイツのホテルにいて、ジムに行くとこだった。5階でエレベーターに乗ったら4階で停まって、ゲイリー・ムーアが乗り込んできたんだよ。信じられなかった。自己紹介して、彼にどれだけ影響を受けたか話すことができた。前に、彼は自分のマネをするギタリストが大嫌いだって聞いてたからちょっと怖気づいてたんだけど、彼はものすごく親切だった。いま思うと、こういうチャンスが持ててホントよかったよ。

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