HEROES Gary Moore

By Fox, Darren | Guitar Player, December 2000 | Go to article overview

HEROES Gary Moore


Fox, Darren, Guitar Player


With his profound impact on players such as Randy Rhoads and George Lynch, Gary Moore has indirectly influenced thousands of guitarists. Moore's vocal-like vibrato, spot-on intonation, stellar dynamics, and fat, cutting tone have made him one of rock's most fiery and distinctive stylists.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Moore's career started with the band Skid Row in the late '60s. The group released two albums before Moore split to start the Gary Moore Band in 1971. (The group recorded one hard-to-find album, Grinding Stone.) Moore then joined forces with Thin Lizzy for two tours and the albums Night Life, Black Rose, and Life/Live. He also recorded three albums with the U.K. fusion outfit, Colosseum II.

"I consider myself to be a guitarist of many types," said Moore in the October '84 GP. "I'm primarily a rock guitarist, but I do like to include subtlety in my playing."

After several standout hard-rock solo albums (including Victims of the Future, Corridors of Power, and Wild Frontier), Moore changed musical gears with a headlong dive into the blues for Still Got the Blues. …

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