Gary Moore, former guitar player for the band Thin Lizzy, was found dead in his hotel room yesterday. According to Adam Parsons, manager for the band Thin Lizzy, he died at the Costa Del Sol Hotel in Spain. He is said to have been on holiday with his girlfriend.
Gary Moore's Thin Lizzy bandmate Eric Bell had this to say to BBC 6Music News:
"I used to see him quite regularly up until about a year ago, he was a very robust guy, he was off all drugs and he only had a few Guinness's with me, so he was a pretty healthy bloke. He was just as an amazing guitar player and a superb musician, it was his energy that got me, his enthusiasm for the instrument was remarkable."
Thin Lizzy drummer and founding member Brian Downey gave his thoughts to the Guaurdian UK:
"I am in total shock. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I just can't believe he is gone. I have known Gary since 1967 when he was in [the band] Platform Three and he's been an amazing friend ever since. It was a pleasure to play with Gary again in 2006 after his days with Lizzy."
One of the most impressive aspects of Moore was that he could play Blues, Rock and Metal equally as well. His work with Thin Lizzy is filled with strong rhythm playing, lead playing and great riffs as well as screaming solos and harmonized guitar interplay with his co-guitarists. Moore’s solo albums run the gamut from Irish-tinged Rock - like on the song ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ from the ‘Wild Frontier’ album - to Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal - like the songs ‘‘Running From The Storm’ and 'Speak For Yourself' on the ‘After The War’ recording. (Ozzy Osbourne sings on two songs, including 'Speak For Yourself', on ‘After The War’).
Starting in 1990, Moore went straight Blues. His release ‘Still Got The Blues’ is phenomenal - pure, raw emotion and feeling. Moore can bend the guitar strings to produce heart-wrenching sounds - sometimes so beautiful they can inspire hope and renew faith and sometimes so sad and soulful they can bring one to tears.
Geezer Butler, bass player for Black Sabbath, wrote this about Moore: “His ‘Still Got The Blues’ album was one of the great albums, certainly one of my favorites. His way of playing cannot be learned - it comes from the soul”.