martes, 27 de septiembre de 2011

Gary Moore

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), better known simply as Gary Moore, was an Irish musician from Belfast, best recognised as a blues rock guitarist and singer.
In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, George Harrison and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on "She's My Baby" from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
Moore died of a heart attack in his hotel room while on holiday in Estepona, Spain, in February 2011.
Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. His early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley, The Shadows and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.
Moore's greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green's continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album, Moore played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green's request, so that "it would have a good home".

While less popular in the US, Moore's work "brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world – especially in Europe". Throughout his career, Moore was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian Campbell, Patrick Rondat, John Norum, Paul Gilbert, Gus G, Slash, Orianthi, Joe Bonamassa, Adrian Smith, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett
He collaborated with a broad range of artists including Phil Lynott, George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Travelling Wilburys, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, Rod Argent, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Rodgers, Keith Emerson, Roger Daltrey, Albert King and together with Colosseum II with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer's Variations album in 1978. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.
In 1968, aged 16, Moore moved to Dublin to join the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan "Brush" Shiels. It was with this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry, and his association with Phil Lynott began.
Moore released his first solo album in 1973, Grinding Stone (billed as "the Gary Moore Band"). 'Grinding Stone' was issued in North America on Neil Kempfer-Stocker's fledgling record label imprint Cosmos. It received 'Album of the Year' accolades on KTAC-FM/Seattle-Tacoma, Washington in 1974. In 1978 his solo career continued 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 album Black Rose: A Rock Legend which reached number two in the UK album chart. Moore appears in the videos for Waiting for an Alibi and Do Anything You Want To.
In 1987, he collaborated on the UK charity record "Let It Be", a cover of the Beatles track. He performed a guitar solo for inclusion on the recording, which was released under the group-name of 'Ferry Aid'. The record raised substantial funds for the survivors of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.
In 1993, he was included on a cassette called Rock Classics Vol. 1 with "Run to Your Mama", and "Dark Side of the Moog".
After a series of 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. He 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. He also contributed guitar sections to Richard Blackwood's 2000 album, You'll Love to Hate This.

With Back to the Blues, Moore return to his tried and tested blues format in 2001: he continued with this style on Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).
In January 2005, Moore joined the One World Project, which recorded a song for the 2004 Asian Tsunami relief effort. The group featured Russell Watson, Boy George, Steve Winwood, Barry Gibb, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Robin Gibb on vocals (in their order of appearance), and featured a guitar solo by Moore. The song, entitled "Grief Never Grows Old", was released in February 2005, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
In what has been described as "a brave and principled stand", Gary declared his support for the cultural boycott of Israel. At a press conference in Russia he announced that he would not visit the ‘criminal state’ of Israel ‘because of its racist policies against the Palestinian people’.[citation needed]
He also took part in a comedy skit entitled "The Easy Guitar Book Sketch" with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow musicians Mark Knopfler, Lemmy from Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and David Gilmour.
Gary Moore died of a suspected heart attack, at the age of 58 during the early hours of 6 February 2011. At the time, he was on holiday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain, with his girlfriend, who raised the alarm at 4:00 am. His death was confirmed by Thin Lizzy's manager Adam Parsons.



Gary Moore (Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, Reino Unido, 4 de abril de 1952 – Estepona, Málaga, España, 6 de febrero de 2011) fue un guitarrista Norirlandés que empezó a mostrar sus dotes en la banda Thin Lizzy.
Comenzó tocando en una banda llamada The Boys, pero al poco tiempo, con dieciséis años de edad, se incorporó a Skid Row (no confundir con Skid Row, banda de heavy metal), acompañado por Brendan Shields (bajo), Noel Bridgeman (batería) y Phil Lynott (voz). Éste último abandonaría pronto la banda para formar Thin Lizzy, mientras Moore proseguía con Skid Row; dicho grupo entró en contacto con Peter Green, guitarrista de Fleetwood Mac, actuando como teloneros suyos en varios conciertos. El genial Green quedaría tan impresionado con su sonido que les consiguió un contrato con su propia discográfica, CBS. Por su parte, la duradera admiración de Moore por Green, que recorre toda su carrera, quedará plasmada en el álbum "Blues for Greeny" (1995), que reinterpreta once temas compuestos o interpretados por Green.
Antes de comenzar su carrera solista, aún pasaría un periodo de participación en diversas formaciones. Pero, tras abandonar Skid Row en 1972, graba "Grinding Stone" (1973) con la Gary Moore Band; este ha sido considerado como su primer disco solista. Casi sin transición, pasará a reemplazar a Eric Bell en Thin Lizzy, banda en la que formó un corto espacio de tiempo antes de pasar, en 1975, a Colosseum II, y a la que volvería de forma intermitente hasta 1979. fecha de grabación de "Black Rose". En medio de una gira por EE.UU., las diferencias con la banda de Lynott, su amigo, hacen que Moore abandone de nuevo la banda y forme G-Force. El tema Parisienne Walkways del disco "Back on the Streets" 1978 (segundo en solitario de Moore), llega a la lista top ten en Reino Unido.

Durante la década de 1980 vive una época más tranquila, pasándose al rock melódico, momento en el que consigue su mayor popularidad en Reino Unido con su LP "Victims of the future" (1983). También colabora con él Phil Lynott en "Out in the Fields". En el álbum "Wild Frontier", de 1986, pueden apreciarse ciertas influencias de la música celta. Y en "After the War" (1989) vuelve a sus raíces hard con colaboraciones de Ozzy Osbourne y con el difunto Cozy Powell en la batería.
El álbum "Still Got the Blues" le devolvió a las listas de éxitos en 1990 de la mano de temas como el que da título al disco. Dejando de lado el hard rock, se vuelve más intimista y da un pronunciado giro hacia el blues que, aunque descubierto tardíamente, parece causar una impresión importante y duradera en la carrera del guitarrista, en ese mismo año 1990 que junto con Albert King y Albert Collins dará una serie de conciertos. En 1992 aparece "After Hours", disco que sigue la línea del anterior y que cuenta con la colaboración de B.B. King y Albert Collins, grandes figuras del blues estadounidense. Este disco será la confirmación del giro musical de Moore y le dará un nombre entre los intérpretes de blues británicos.
La década de 1990 transcurre a la sombra de estas grabaciones iniciales y no aparece marcada por nuevos éxitos importantes excepto, tal vez, la aparición en 1997 de "Dark Days in Paradise", una exploración musical tan alejada del blues que venía practicando como del hard rock anterior. También resulta reseñable un nuevo intento de tocar dentro de una formación: BBM. En esta ocasión se unirá a Jack Bruce (bajo) y Ginger Baker (batería), base rítmica del mítico grupo Cream. La colaboración se tradujo en un disco, "Around the Next Dream" (1994), y una gira.
La década del 2000 arranca musicalmente con la publicación en 2001 de "Back to the Blues": toda una declaración de intenciones. En 2007 lanza el que podría ser disco más notable de este periodo, "Close As You Get", que prosigue su acercamiento al blues con temas propios y versiones de clásicos como Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson II, John Mayall o Son House (de este último es el tema acústico 'Sundown', que cierra el disco).
En el 2002 se embarca en nuevo proyecto, Scars, Formando una banda con la que publica un álbum homónimo Scars, que fue lanzado el 10 de septiembre de 2002. El power trío contó con Moore (voz / guitarra), Cass Lewis de Skunk Anansie (bajo / coros) y Darrin Mooney de Primal Scream (batería).
El disco fue presentado en una estupenda gira por el Reino Unido, que tuvo su culminacion en el Live At The Monster Of Rock, del 2003.
A los 58 años Gary Moore falleció mientras dormía en una de las habitaciones del "Kempinski Hotel Bahía" de Estepona, Málaga, en la madrugada del 6 de febrero de 2011. Según informó la policía española, el cuerpo del músico no presentaba signos de violencia, por lo que no se abriría ningún tipo de investigación. La autopsia practicada al cadáver del guitarrista de rock irlandés reveló que su muerte fue causada por un ataque al corazón.
Su inesperada muerte causó una gran conmoción entre sus seguidores.

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