This is genuinely sad news for me. Not only was I always a huge Thin Lizzy fan, but loved Gary Moore’s solo work as well. Moore was also one of the earliest guitar player profiles we posted here in the Listening Room.
Now comes word that Moore, 58, was found dead in Spain over the weekend.
Moore was not so much Thin Lizzy’s former guitarist as he was a close friend of the band, primarily lead man Phil Lynott. Moore stepped in periodically when Lizzy found itself short of a guitarist, and toured and recorded with the band for some time as well.
Here’s the story on Moore’s death from The Hollywood Reporter, along with one of my favorite clips of Moore with Lizzy.
Our condolences to Moore’s family.
Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy Guitarist, Found Dead in Spain
by Charlie Amter, The Hollywood Reporter
February 06, 2011 5:11 EST
The cause of death has yet to be determined, but Adam Parsons, who manages Thin Lizzy, told BBC News that Moore had died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 58-year-old joined Thin Lizzy in the early 1970s after the band’s lead singer Phil Lynott brought him into the fold to replace outgoing Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell.
The Irish native was known for his tumultuous yet steady friendship with Lynott.
During the summer of 1979, Moore left Thin Lizzy in the middle of a U.S. tour. In the mid-1980s, the duo scored a Top 5 English and Irish hit with the single “Out in the Fields” after Thin Lizzy broke up. Lynott died soon after the chart success in January of 1986.
More recently, Moore released a string of solo records over the past decade in the blues-rock vein.
Eric Bell, the Thin Lizzy guitarist Moore replaced, told the BBC today he was “in shock” regarding Moore’s death.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “He was so robust.”
Moore was fond of Spain and played a guitar festival in Barcelona in 2009 alongside such names as Jackson Browne.
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