GARY MOORE Biography, and His Guitars
Gary Moore was one of the great stars of the electric guitar, influenced mainly by Blues, but also introduced to genres such as Hard Rock or Heavy Metal.
He was also one of the first musicians to masterfully mix Rock with Celtic music. Getting with this mix, tremendously energetic music and I would say even explosive. You can check it in the song "Over The Hills And Far Away", and you will understand what I mean.
Robert William Gary Moore was born in 1952 in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 10 years of age, he enjoyed his first guitar, an acoustic one. And at the age of 14, he got his first electric guitar.
At the age of 16 he left for Dublin and thanks to his talent as a guitarist, he joined the band Skid Row with the legendary singer, songwriter, and bassist Phil Lynott, leader and founder of the Irish group Thin Lizzy.
Two years later, they had the opportunity to open a Peter Green concert. One of Gary Moore's great musical influences, and a former member of the famous band Fleetwood Mac. Helping the band sign a contract with CBS Records.
In 1972 Gary decided to leave the group to start his solo career, and in 1973 he released his first blues-rock and hard rock style album (Grinding Stone) with the nickname The Gary Moore Band.
Later he decided to collaborate in different recordings and tours of other groups until in 1978 he released a new solo album (Back on the Streets).
In 1980 he created the band G-force together with other musicians until he again left the group to edit a new solo album (Corridors of Power) in 1982, including the heavy metal genre for the first time.
But it was not until 1987 that his first great solo success came with the album "Wild Frontier". With a more intimate sound, away from heavy metal, but with hard rock as the main style, along with Celtic music.
In 1989 he released the album "After the War". Considered the last great album loaded with heavy metal and hard rock, until in 1990 it changed the course towards its main musical influence, the blues. Recording that same year, the blues and blues-rock style album, "Still Got the Blues", moving away from heavy metal but without losing the tone of hard rock, achieving total success.
Composing for this particular song one of the best-known guitar solos of all time. Although a Munich court declared it plagiarism of the song "Nordrach", recorded in 1974 by a group very little known outside of Germany, Jud’s Gallery, after a lawsuit filed by the German band.
At trial, Gary Moore denied knowing the song, claiming that when he recorded his song, the Jud’s Gallery song was not available on compact disc or vinyl. However, the court ruled that the song could have been heard on the radio or in a live performance and that, although there was no evidence that the guitar solo was stolen from “Nordrach,” there was a copyright infringement. .
Moore was ordered to pay an undisclosed amount in damages to the song's composer.
Beginning with the 1990 recording of "Still Got the Blues," Gary maintained that musical path, between blues and blues-rock, but with a touch of hard rock, allowing him to play alongside great blues stars such as B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins.
For Gary Moore, the blues was like a revelation, being the musical style that most impressed him and that changed his life, but according to Gary commented, if you wanted to have a career as a guitarist in the 80s, you had to play hard rock.
Until at the end of the decade, he discovered that he did not belong to that world, returning to the genre that inspired him the most. Becoming one of the most important blues musicians in history. With a very strong blues style, but at the same time elegant.
Gary Moore was left-handed, but he played like a right-hander, something peculiar to some left-handed guitarists who have adapted perfectly to this way of playing.
The scar on his face was supposedly the work of bassist Phil Lynott, who attacked Gary with a broken bottle during an argument when they both belonged to the band Thin Lizzy.
Gary Moore: Guitar, Amp, and Pedals
Throughout his extensive career he has used dozens of different guitar models, but starting in the 1990s, his main guitar was the Gibson Les Paul.
The basis of its sound comes mainly from this guitar model, Marshall amps, an Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-9, and TS-808 pedals.
After more than forty years of a musical career, and while enjoying a vacation in the Spanish city of Estepona, Gary Moore died at the age of 58, of a heart attack while sleeping in his room at the Kempinski hotel.