I was sad to hear just a while ago, that Gary Moore had passed away. He was definitely one of my all time favorite guitarists so I thought I’d take a moment to write a few kind words in his memory. Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one -at the time of writing Twitter lists Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy as trending topics. His website seemed to be down a minute ago, due to overload, I’m guessing, as fans are flocking there after hearing the sad news of him passing away.
I’m sure a lot of people associate him especially with the beatiful ballad Still Got the Blues. When I picked up the guitar at the age of thirteen the album Still Got the Blues had just been out for a little while. I used to listen to that album over and over only hoping I could someday sound something like that. His music was a constant source of inspiration when I was trying to learn to play the guitar, and still is. Not many people could make the Les Paul sing the way he did. Just listen to the instrumental ‘Supernatural’ on Blues for Greeny for an example, if you don’t know what I mean. How can feedback and distortion sound so wonderful :-) That beautiful guitar sound with endless sustain paired with great songs like Parisienne Walkways have definitely ensured that his legacy will last for a long, long time. Rest In Peace, Gary Moore.