'It is with deep sorrow and regret, that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night. Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time. Gary Moore, R.I.P.1952-2011' (statement issued on www.gary-moore.com)
Gary Moore was born in Belfast and began his career in the 60s, when he joined Skid Row at the age of 16. From then he performed with various musicians in the local music scene including school friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy. Moore was eventually to replace Eric Bell in the band after Bell left the group unexpectedly in 1973.
Moore left the group to pursue a solo career, making way for Scott Goreham and Brian Robertson, but returned briefly to the line-up for Black Rose: A Rock Legend in 1979.
Moore's own inspiration came from Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green who led him to the guitar, and despite being left-handed, Moore learnt to play right-handed, something that almost certainly helped him forge his own individual style.
Having left Thin Lizzy, he recorded 20 solo albums in total including Corridors Of Power, Wild Frontier and his return to the blues with standout 1990 album, Still Got The Blues. His solo work has since inspired many of the new blues artists making their mark today.
Moore also collaborated with many greats of the music industry including Albert King, George Harrison, B.B. King, the Beach Boys, Rhandy Rhoads, Joe Bonamassa, The Travelling Wilburys, Skid Row, Ozzy Osbourne. The list goes on...
Moore's body was discovered in his hotel room at the Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepons, Spain on February 6th. It is though he choked on his own vomit following a night of drinking.
Our best wishes are with his family and friends.
R.I.P. Gary Moore (1952-2011)