Gary Moore

Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s he has played with bands/artists including Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and Skid Row, as well as having a highly successful solo career.

Early Career

In 1969 he joined the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan "Brush" Shiels. The music was eclectic, covering a wide range including jazz, rock and blues. It was with this group that he earned himself a reputation in the music business, and his association with Philip Lynott began.

Together, they released three albums: Skid Row (1970), 34 Hours (1971) and Gary Moore/Brush Shiels/Noel Bridgeman (1971) Released (1990).


In 1973 he released his first solo album Grinding Stone billed as the Gary Moore Band. In 1979 his solo career started again with help from Phil Lynott. The combination of Moore's blues based guitar, and Lynott's voice, produced Parisienne Walkways, which reached the Top Ten in the UK Singles Chart in April 1979; and the Thin Lizzy number 2 hit album, Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

After a series of powerful rock records, Moore returned to blues music with Still Got the Blues, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. The album was well received by fans and a huge success. Moore stayed with the blues format until 1997, when he decided to experiment with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise; this left many fans, as well as the music press confused. Back to the Blues, unsurprisingly, saw Gary return to his tried and tested blues format.

He has since released thirty albums - amongst them, We Want Moore! (1984), Still Got the Blues (1990) and Close As You Get (2007).

During his career, Moore also made seven albums with Thin Lizzy and three with Colosseum II.

External Links:

Gary Moore's Official Website
Thin Lizzy Official Website

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