Sunday, February 6, 2011

Irish Guitar Legend Gary Moore Passes Away In Spain(UPDATED)

It is with deep regret that we report the following news : Irish guitar legend Gary Moore has passed away at the way too young age of 58, while on holiday in Spain.

Moore was found dead in his hotel room in the Kempinski Hotel in Malaga. The cause of death, as reported by the Belfast Telegraph was a suspected heart attack after an initial post - mortem examination.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1952, Moore formed his first band, The Beat Boys, when he was just thirteen, and even at that young age was regarded as a teenage guitar prodigy. He then joined forces with Irish band Skid Row, which also included the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott in 1969 at the age of 16.

He later rejoined Lynott in Thin Lizzy for two stints, initially replacing original guitarist Eric Bell,  from 1973-74 and 1978-1979, recording the classic album 'Black Rose : A Rock Legend'. Even after leaving the band for the second time the two maintained a close personal and professional relationship, remaining friends and recording together, until Lynott passed away at the age of 36 in January 1986.

Throughout his career, the versatile Moore was to embrace a range of genres including blues, metal , jazz fusion and hard rock. Releasing 20 solo albums, the guitarist also collaborated with Colosseum II, Ozzy Osbourne, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Greg Lake, George Harrison, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Albert King, The Beach Boys, The Traveling Wilburys, Cozy Powell and supergroup BBM, which also featured former Cream members bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker.

His most popular album in the United States, 1990's 'Still Got The Blues' which hit #83 on Billboard's Album Charts, features performances by the previously mentioned blues legends Albert Collins and Albert King.  Moore's last studio album, 'Bad For You Baby' was released in 2008.

Moore is survived by his two children from his first marriage, Jack and Gus, and his daughter, Lilly, from a recent relationship.

Our deepest sympathies go to his family, friends and anyone who ever was touched by his music. He will be greatly missed. God bless ya Gary.

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