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He's one of the TOP axemen in rock......and he's got a new album coming out in Nov 08 too :)

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Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, he has played with artists including Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and the blues-rock band Skid Row as well as having a successful solo career. Among many cameo appearances over the years, he performed the lead guitar solo on "She's My Baby" from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.



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1 Background <LI class=toclevel-1>2 Skid Row

<LI class=toclevel-1>3 Solo career

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3.1 Albums
3.2 Selected singles (UK Singles Chart Top 40 hits)

<LI class=toclevel-1>4 Thin Lizzy

<LI class=toclevel-1>5 Colosseum II

<LI class=toclevel-1>6 Greg Lake <LI class=toclevel-1>7 BBM

<LI class=toclevel-1>8 (Gary Moore's) Scars

<LI class=toclevel-1>9 Connection with Peter Green <LI class=toclevel-1>10 Guitars used <LI class=toclevel-1>11 DVDs <LI class=toclevel-1>12 References

[*]13 External links


[edit] Background

Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight, and got his first quality guitar at the age of fourteen, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left handed. Like so many others, Moore's early influences were artists such as 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 prevail over his career. The largest impact on Moore's early career came from Peter Green, of Fleetwood Mac fame, who helped foster Moore's musical career as a mentor during Moore's early days of playing in Dublin. Peter Green remained an influence to Moore and was later paid a tribute with Gary Moore's 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Peter Green compositions. Moore recorded this album using Peter Green's celebrated 1959 Les Paul standard guitar which Green had loaned to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green's request, so that "it would have a good home".[1]

Gary Moore has remained relatively unknown in the US, however his work has "brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world - especially on Europe".[2] Moore has throughout his career been recognised as an influence to many guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett.[3]

Over his long career, Gary Moore has been anything but predictable in his style and genre, at times to the dismay and confusion of his fans and crtics alike, ranging from an amalgam of rock, jazz, blues and country, to traditional electric blues, to hard rock, heavy metal and more. Although primarily recognized as a blues-rock artist, his variations and versatility are no more evidenced than by a glimpse at some of his collaborations including such diverse acts/artists as Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, The Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name a few.[4]

[edit] Skid Row

In 1969 he joined the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan "Brush" Shiels. The music was eclectic, covering a wide range including jazz, rock and blues. It was with this group that he earned himself a reputation in the music business, and his association with Philip Lynott began.

[edit] Albums

  • Skid Row (1970)
  • 34 Hours (1971)
  • Gary Moore/Brush Shiels/Noel Bridgeman (1971) Released (1990)

[edit] Solo career

In 1973 he released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, billed as the Gary Moore Band. In 1978 his solo career started again with help from Phil Lynott. The combination of Moore's blues based guitar and Lynott's voice, produced "Parisienne Walkways", which reached the Top Ten in the UK Singles Chart in April 1979; and the Thin Lizzy number two hit album, Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

After a series of rock records, Moore returned to blues music with Still Got the Blues, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. The album was well received by fans and a huge success. Moore stayed with the blues format until 1997, when he decided to experiment with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise; this left many fans, as well as the music press confused. Back to the Blues saw Moore return to his tried and tested blues format.

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[edit] Selected singles (UK Singles Chart Top 40 hits)

  • "Parisienne Walkways" - 1979 - No. 8
  • "Out in the Fields" - 1985 - No. 5 α
  • "Empty Rooms" - 1985 re-issue - No. 23
  • "Over the Hills and Far Away" - 1986 - No. 20
  • "Wild Frontier" - 1987 - No. 35
  • "Friday on My Mind" - 1987 - No. 26 β
  • "After the War" - 1989 - No. 37
  • "Still Got the Blues (For You)" - 1990 - No. 31
  • "Cold Day in Hell" - 1992 - No. 24
  • "Story of the Blues" - 1992 - No. 40
  • "Parisienne Walkways" - 1993 re-recording - No. 32

α Credited to Gary Moore and Phil Lynott. β Cover version of The Easybeats 1966, No. 6 UK hit.

[edit] Thin Lizzy

Moore played in Thin Lizzy for several periods and worked with Phil Lynott subsequently in his solo career.

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[edit] Colosseum II

Colosseum II is a band that came from the ashes of Colosseum and featured Don Airey, John Mole, Jon Hiseman and Gary Moore.

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[edit] Greg Lake

He participated in the recording of Greg Lake's two solo albums, Greg Lake (1981) and Manoeuvres (1983). He also played live in Greg Lake's line-up. Some notable performances of his touring stint with Lake, were the live covers of King Crimson songs "21st Century Schizoid Man", "In the Court of the Crimson King", as well as "Parisienne Walkways".

Moore's 1984 album Dirty Fingers (which also featured ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Charlie Huhn, former Rainbow/Wild Horses and later Dio bassist Jimmy Bain, and ex-Black Oak Arkansas/Pat Travers and later Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake/Ted Nugent drummer Tommy Aldridge) had a song called "Nuclear Attack", which he also performed on the Greg Lake album.

[edit] BBM

Formed in 1994 the group comprised Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker (both formerly performers with Cream) and Gary Moore.

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[<A title="Edit section: (Gary Moore's) Scars" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gary_Moore&action=edit&section=14">edit] (Gary Moore's) Scars

Formed in 2002 the band issued an eponymous album Scars which was released on September 10, 2002. The band featured Gary Moore (Vocals/Guitar), Cass Lewis (Bass guitar/Backing vocals) and Darrin Mooney of Primal Scream (Drums).

Note: This group is not to be confused with the Scottish punk/post-punk band called Scars, which existed from 1977 - 1982.

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[edit] Connection with Peter Green

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Please improve this article if you can. (March 2007)According to numerous interviews he has given to guitar magazines, he was the protege of British blues pioneer Peter Green, whom he had always admired ever since the Bluesbreakers days. When Green quit Fleetwood Mac and the entire music scene, he sold his famous nasal-sounding 1959 Gibson Les Paul to Moore, for the same price that Moore had managed to sell his then guitar (a Gibson SG).

The nasal sound of the neck pick-up on Green's guitar was not, as used to be believed, the result of the pickup having been turned backwards, but instead its two coils had been — perhaps accidentally — reconnected in parallel and out of phase, as per the "in between" positions of a Fender Stratocaster. [Others, such as the late British guitar maker Sid Poole & guitar expert Jol Dantzig (Hamer Guitars), believe the pick-up's permanent magnet was reversed*]. Moore has used this guitar in the recordings of some songs of his albums Still Got the Blues, After Hours and Blues For Greeny.

Peter Green and Moore also reportedly had a disagreement regarding what guitar the former was playing in the song "Albatross". Moore insists it was the Les Paul, because the guitar tone was particularly warm and rich in the bass, while Peter Green maintains he was using a Strat, as the vibrato in that song was not finger vibrato, but subtle tremolo arm vibrato.

Guitar designer and builder Jol Dantzig recounted a story in Vintage Guitar magazine about investigating the pickup mystery with Moore in the 1980s. What Dantzig actually found was that the neck pickup magnet had been reversed. It was out-of-phase by the magnet being turned around, not by the leads at the pot reversed-wired. "I can't say whether it was done by a repairman or done at the factory originally, said Dantzig, "who knows?"* — actually Peter Green is on record as having done it accidentally himself, however it is unclear if he meant reversing the magnet or the whole pickup.

[edit] Guitars used

Over the years Gary has used numerous guitars. These include - Peter Green's 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, and the 1950s Gibson Les Paul Junior. He has also used guitars from Charvel, Ibanez, Hamer, Jackson, Heritage, Paul Reed Smith and, as seen in the music video for Out In The Fields, a SynthAxe. Amplification has generally come from Marshall, although Soldanos and Fender have also been used, as well as transistor-driven Dean Markley units (especially in the studio). He also has used numerous effects over the years. These include; Delay units such as the Roland Space Echo, 555, Overdrive/Booster units such as the BOSS DS-1, Ibanez Tubescreamer variants, Marshall [[Marshall, Bluesbreaker and Guv'nor pedals as well as wah-wah pedals such as the Vox Wah, Dunlop JH1. He appears nowadays to favour Gibson and Fender guitars, through Marshall amplifiers. His choices in effects have remained constant, using an Ibanez TS10 Classic Tubescreamer on many recordings/live shows.

Moore's contribution to music and blues in particular have been recognised in recent years by prestigious commercial endorsements. In 2004-2006 Gary featured in full page advertisements for Marshall's range of reissued classic handwired amplifiers, including classic amplifiers from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the popularly named, "Bluesbreaker combo" — originally made famous by Eric Clapton. Gary was also one of the first artists recognised by Gibson Guitars with a signature model. The Gary Moore Les Paul is not a reproduction of an existing model but a new model, with distinctive lemon sunburst maple cap, the neck is unbound (unusual for a Les Paul but easier to refret & play) as is the body, a "Gary Moore" name plate on the truss rod cover and some early model Gibson Burstbucker pick-ups, one with zebra-coils (one black & one white bobbin).

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Gary ìin the early days.


Gary has always been good at pulling faces, ( gurning,)

It's good to see he is still playing, but being part Northern Irish, I suppose I'm 'biased'.

I never got the chance to meet him, say hello from me if you get the chance, tell him, 'the bird in the photo of the band 'The Boys', that I gave Phil when he played Bath Uni with 'Grand Slam' they will have seen the picture that Phil wanted of me in the band 'The Boys'.

I would never see him (Phil, ) alive again :(

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