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Gary Moore’s body to be flown home today; rockers Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Biff Byford of Saxon, Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and ex-Thin Lizzy/Motorhead guitarist Brian Robertson all remember and pay tribute to Gary
The body of music legend Gary Moore will be flown to Britain later today. Relatives, including his brother Cliff and a girlfriend, are set to accompany the coffin of the former Thin Lizzy guitarist on a lunchtime flight from Malaga to London. His funeral is expected to take place over the weekend in Brighton, where the Belfast-born 58-year-old had been based for some time. Gary died of an apparent heart attack while on vacation in Costa del Sol, Spain this past Sunday morning.
In a recent radio interview Joe Elliott talked about Gary:
"Well, he's definitely up at the top (of the list of the greatest guitarists of all time), isn't he?" Elliott said. "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."
Elliott singer also spoke about the time Moore opened for Def Leppard in the '80s: "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," Elliott recalled. "He had Ian Paice from Deep Purple on drums. I remember (Def Leppard drummer) Rick Allen was just... (he) 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 apologizing for it, you know?"
Joe added, "We knew Gary pretty well and he was a lovely chap and it's such a shame and such a waste."
Kirk Hammett of Metallica told Rollingstone.com: "Gary Moore is definitely in my list of top five guitar influences, right up with Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Schenker. His influence is strong to the point that the opening lick of the guitar solo of 'Master of Puppets' is a variation of a lick that Gary Moore played a lot. I remember the first time hearing his blues album and just getting totally blown away — not only by the playing but by the sound of it too, his tone. And I remember being so inspired that I wrote a couple riffs just based on his sound and his feel. And those riffs ended up in 'The Unforgiven' on 'The Black Album'. I first heard of him in the late 1970s. I was a big Thin Lizzy fan then. I had seen them on the 'Dangerous' tour and not long afterwards I heard there was a new album out called 'Black Rose'. I heard 'Waiting For An Alibi' on a college radio station and I was amazed because I instantly knew that they had a different guitar player. That was not Brian Robertson playing or Scott Gorham playing that guitar solo. It was…something else. I went to the record store and picking up 'Black Rose', looked at the cover, turned it over and saw a guitar player named Gary Moore."
Alex Lifeson of Rush has released this statement to Classic Rock Revisited:
"I was very saddened to hear the news of Gary's death. We toured together in the '80s and I remember him as a soft-spoken, gentle man with a quick smile. His influence as a guitarist is undeniable and his purity of playing and passion will live on in all of us who love the instrument he so cherished."
Saxon's Biff Byford and Doug Scarratt told Metal Hammer Magazine:
Biff Byford : "It's really sad. We knew Gary from back in the '80s. We went to a few of his album recording sessions back then. Him and Michael Schenker and Paul (Quinn, Saxon guitarist) were quite close back then, so we'd go to their sessions and they'd come to ours. We lost connection with him a bit when he started doing the blues thing, but during his metal period we knew him well. His guitar playing was always incredible. His tone, in particular, was really something. I hung out with him and Phil Lynott at Stringfellows once! It was quite a messy evening, even though I didn't drink at the time. It wasn't a lap-dancing club back then. You had dinner upstairs and then downstairs was the disco, and it was full of fashion models and B-list film stars, and I was there with Gary and Phil Lynott! That was quite an experience! But it's very sad to lose Gary. He'll be greatly missed."
Doug Scarratt: "In my memory of guitar gigs, Gary Moore really stands out. I was a fan from back in the Thin Lizzy days. A friend of mine had a ticket for one of his solo shows and I nearly didn't bother going, but I'm glad I did! It stays in my memory as one of the best guitar gigs I've ever seen. It was at the crossover point when he'd just started doing the blues stuff, and 'Still Got The Blues' was out, but he was still playing 'Parisienne Walkways' and 'The Loner' and all the big rock hits. His playing was just so emotional. It was mind-blowing."
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, ex-Dio) released the following statement to Classic Rock Revisited regarding Gary's passing:
"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 (Beach, Whitesnake/Winger guitarist) 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 (Jimi) Hendrix and (Randy) Rhoads, but his voice was righteous and pure."
Ex-Thin Lizzy and Motorhead guitarist Brian Robertson said this about Gary:
"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."
Brian Robertson is set to release his first solo album, "Diamonds And Dirt", on April 5 on SPV/Steamhammer.
R.I.P. Gary Moore
According to Mirror.co.uk, legendary guitarist Gary Moore died of a suspected heart attack, a postmortem revealed on Monday, February 7th. Moore died in his sleep yesterday morning, hours after checking into the five-star Kempinski Hotel in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain with an unnamed female friend. He was 58 years old. While forensic experts are satisfied Moore died from natural causes, they requested further tests on tissue samples taken from his body ahead of a final report. A Spanish police spokesman said today, "Mr. Moore died of natural causes and his death is not in any way suspicious. An investigating magistrate has opened a standard inquiry to determine the exact cause of death." British tabloid The Sun reported earlier today — apparently erroneously — that Moore choked on his vomit after knocking back champagne and brandy before being discovered around 4 a.m.
More condolances from rockers around the world have poured in paying tribute to the great Gary Moore:
“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 honour 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.”
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen + 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."
“It was my wife who told me the news. It’s terrible: 58 is just too early. In Phil [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.”
Steve Morse of Deep Purple:
On the last date of our tour a couple of months ago, Gary was playing on Roger's [Glovers] 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 of the 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"
Eric Singer of Kiss:
"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" 1958 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."
"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."
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."
Roger Glover of Deep Purple:
"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. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, and fans all over the world."
Rich Williams of Kansas:
"We were in the dressing room in El Paso. Thin Lizzy had opened for us in the past, so I didn't bother to go backstage to check them out, but I could hear someone really fucking tearing it up. I remember asking, "Who the fuck is playing guitar"? Well it was Gary, and I had to meet him. Later I introduced myself and we did what guitar players do ... gear talk. He hands me his pride and joy, the Les Paul he recently got from Peter Green. To my surprise I could hardly play it. He used very heavy gauge strings, high off the neck like a slide player. He played it with such ease ... I couldn't even make a bar chord. Felt like a total pussy."
"I am touched and sad about Gary’s passing. He was a great guitarist that many players looked up too and were inspired by."
Bryan Basset of Foghat:
"Gary Moore was a guitarist's guitarist. He not only had a faithful following of fans who loved his music he also inspired many professional guitarists with his brilliant technique and command of several musical styles. For me, listening to his playing was a wonderful musical experience and a master class of playing technique. We have lost another musical giant. He will be missed but not forgotten. RIP Gary."
Bill Leverty of Firehouse:
"Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, Gary Moore stands out as one of the greatest guitarists, ever, who was able to combine rock and blues; high energy and melody; tone and taste, emotion and style. I would say the same about his extraordinary vocals, which made him such a complete artist with deep integrity. He's a true legend in every sense of the word, and his music will live forever."
Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot:
"At a brief moment in time after the release of the 1982 "Hughes/Thrall" record and at a party at Glenn Hughes's house, Gary, Glenn and I were talking about the real possibility of forming a power trio. Gary's enthusiasm for the project was infectious. The union never materialized, but for me it would have been a dream band! Rest in peace Gary, you were one of a kind and a rare and genuine talent."
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses):
"Gary Moore gave a lifetime of music to the world; [he was] such a great guitarist. He was like the rock guitarist, the guy that had the best of everything in his playing — and that could only come from having the best of everything in his heart.
To his family, you have my deepest sympathies, the love and support of millions of fans, all wishing you strength in this difficult time."
Swedish rockers Europe:
"No words can describe how sad we feel hearing the news that Gary Moore has passed away. We can't believe it! It's a total shock! He was one of our biggest influences, both as a guitarist and a songwriter. Our thoughts and feelings now go out to his family and close friends."
Herman Rarebell ex-Scorpions Drummer:
"I met Gary the last time last year here in Brighton at a Hotel called Hotel de Vine. We talked about music of course and we were both surprised that we lived in the same City Brighton. I always liked Gary's music. Still got the Blues. Gary forever."
Mark Kendall of Great White:
"Gary Moore was such a tremendous feel player. I call it playing from the pores of your skin and he definitely had that. I wanted to share a quick story concerning Gary. In 1988 we were on tour with Whitesnake and I became pretty good friends with Vivian Campbell. We used to jam alot before shows and stuff. One night before the show I told him I really loved his live solo and could he show me what he was doing. He showed me the riff and said all I do is play this one riff but I play it all over the neck and it makes it sound like I am playing something different but I am not. Then he said and one more thing, "I stole the riff from Gary Moore." Gary will be sorely missed."
"I was a sad day loosing Gary Moore at age 58. I'm in shock. I never had the chance to meet or play with him, it was on my bucket list but I felt like I knew him through his music. My favorite songs are "Still Got The Blues" and “Empty Rooms." There's a live version of “Empty Rooms” on YouTube from 1987 that's the best live solo of all time and is the essence of what Gary Moore stood for, taste, feel, power and conviction. God rest his soul. We’ve lost a giant."
"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."
As we bid farewell to a year full of tragedy, the new issue of Revolver magazine — available on newsstands everywhere on December 21 — remembers many of hard rock and metal's most dearly departed.
The cover features a stunning painting by legendary comic-book artist J.G. Jones (Superman, Batman, Wanted). Jones depicts Ronnie James Dio, SLIPKNOT's Paul Gray, AVENGED SEVENFOLD's The Rev, TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele, PANTERA's Dimebag Darrell, METALLICA's Cliff Burton, NIRVANA's Kurt Cobain, OZZY OSBOURNE's Randy Rhoads, QUEEN's Freddie Mercury, and ALICE IN CHAINS' Layne Staley rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster with the issue.
Inside the issue, Revolver remembers the cover artists and many of hard rock and metal's other fallen heroes via exclusive interviews with members of SLIPKNOT and TYPE O NEGATIVE, Dio's wife and manager Wendy Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows, JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford, ALICE IN CHAINS' Mike Inez, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde, RAMONES' Marky Ramone, MELVINS' Buzz Osborne, rapper Ice-T, and more.
As a tie-in to the issue and a special tribute to PANTERA's Dimebag Darrell, Revolver has produced a highly limited-edition commemorative coin in his honor. The coin comes free with the magazine when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, it is available with the issue and an antiqued metal coin holder at this location, where a portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Before he rocked the world with Ozzy Osbourne, late guitar great Randy Rhoads blazed it up with Quiet Riot. This pro-shot footage is from Randy performing an extended guitar solo with Quiet Riot during a show at the Starwood on 10/25/79 (while portions of this show have been circulated - the extended footage presented here has not).