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RIP Gary Moore (1952-2011)
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It has been reported by Hotpress’ website that that Belfast-born guitarist Gary Moore died his sleep last night while on holiday in Spain.


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Moore began his career in Skid Row when he was 16. He later joined Thin Lizzy before going on to have a successful solo career, playing with many well-respected artists such as Ginger Baker and BB King. He was 58.

The Gary Moore story started on East Bread Street, in the hulking shadow of the ropeworks in east Belfast. In time, he would play with Thin Lizzy and Skid Row, a friend of George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne. He was a virtuoso guitarist in that he could play extremely fast and send those fingers roaring along the frets. But Gary was not just a speed merchant. His ear was tuned to Irish traditional music, he made a reputation in jazz-fusion and metal, even experimenting with hip hop. The music industry prefers an artist that will stay with one genre, but Gary was loyal to his own impulses, occasionally a feature in the sales charts but always happily engaged with his art.

In 1963, he saw The Beatles playing at the Ritz in Belfast and soon became a feature in the nearby Maritime Hotel, active at 13 years old with The Beat Boys. The son of a ballroom manager, he was born into showbusiness, playing covers such as Alma Cogan's 'Sugar In The Morning'. After a stint with The Method, he was installed in Dublin, where Skid Row was taking shape. Phil Lynott was on his way out but Brush Shiels would steer the three piece to America, managed by Fleetwood Mac's handler, Clifford Davis. Gary was mentored by the Fleetwood guitarist Peter Green, who even gave Moore his white Les Paul guitar. The gesture was later returned when Gary composed a song called 'Blues For Greeny'.

He made several appearances with Thin Lizzy, replacing Eric Bell in 1974 and recording the track 'Little Darlin', plus an early version of the live showstopper 'Still In Love With You'. He was touring with the band on a 1977 US tour with Queen and in 1979 he featured on the 'Black Rose' album, rocking hard and throwing 'The Mason's Apron' and 'Danny Boy' into the heroically overdone 'Roisin Dubh'.

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