Gary Moore, formerly of Thin Lizzy, has died. His body was found in Spain where he was on vacation. A cause of death is not yet known. BBC interviewed Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell after news of Moore's death broke. According to the BBC report, Bell said he was "in shock..." because "Moore was so robust."
While most people immediately recognize Moore from his work with Thin Lizzy, he did have a prolific solo career and worked with a slew of other musicians including Ozzy Osbourne and Jackson Browne. Moore had great blues feel and instantly provided groove to any track he touched. BBG! writer Christian fancies himself a blues guitarist and he weighed in on Moore's passing. Christian says:
"Gary Moore was always one of "those guys." You know, great guitar player, but somehow not on the A-list. He had some great songs, like "Out In the Fields" and "After the War," but, for me, he was more the guy who added some color to a compilations, than someone you followed rabidly. That changed overnight with the release of Still Got the Blues. See, I love the blues as much as I love rock and metal, and overnight, with a sappy ballad that was nine parts "Parissiene Walkways" and perhaps one part pseudo-blues riding high on the charts, he sold a whole generation of guitar players a CD full of incendiary blues playing, and brought players like Albert Collins and Albert King in to the limelight where they belonged. His next CD included a collaboration with BB King, and from there, he played blues for the rest of his life, with great skill and emotion. It was through loving his blues stuff that I went back and really came to appreciate his rock output more, too. As a guitar player, I can say I spent a year learning how to play that first album, and I learned a lot from it. Because Peter Green was being obtuse, the tab book didn't contain my favorite song, "Stop Messin' Round," which forced me to learn how to work out songs by ear. I don't know if I play at all like Gary Moore, but I know I try very hard to. As a lover of guitar music, I can only say I'm shocked and saddened to hear that we've lost a guy who was perhaps never huge in the mainstream eye, apart from a few minutes back in 1990, but who still made a real impact on the genres and on the instrument."
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