Posted in music on February 6, 2011

Gary Moore

The renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain.

Moore, 58, originally from Belfast, was a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy.

Thin Lizzy manager Adam Parsons told the BBC he was found early on Sunday.

Moore was originally drafted into Thin Lizzy by its late frontman Phil Lynott. He later gained acclaim for his solo work and was a former member of the Irish group Skid Row.

The Northern Ireland guitarist was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969, to join Skid Row, which featured Lynott as lead vocalist.

He was later brought into Thin Lizzy by Lynott to replace the departing Eric Bell, another guitarist from Northern Ireland.

Lynott died in 1986 but a new line-up of Thin Lizzy continues to tour. [BBC]

Super sad news.

And strangely - Thin Lizzy doesn't come up in conversation very often, but I've had multiple conversations about them just in the past week because the new version of Thin Lizzy referenced in the article just announced tour dates. Tickets for shows at Starland Ballroom and Best Buy Theater literally went on sale Saturday, and most of that conversation was about whether we should even bother posting about it.

R.I.P. Gary.

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Comments (13)

Yeah, just heard about this. Sucks.

RIP Gary!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 5:18 PM

did he od?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 5:27 PM

his cover of oh pretty woman is fucking unreal. great guitarist. rip.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 5:54 PM

Best rock band from Ireland.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 7:13 PM

RIP. FWIW he did not play on "The Boys Are Back in Town" or "Jailbreak"- the only Thin Lizzy album he played on was "Black Rose" from '79.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 8:04 PM

I loved his chops. RIP. God Speed.

Posted by Rocker | February 6, 2011 8:23 PM

He was not very well known in the US, but was a popular solo artist in most of the world. In fact, I'm sure most headlines from around the world won't mention Thin Lizzy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 9:42 PM

Saw Thin Lizzy with Gary Moore on the Black Rose tour at the Palladium. R.I.P. dude

Posted by matt the rat | February 6, 2011 9:56 PM

RIP ... tough music news this morning

Posted by Burg | February 7, 2011 9:39 AM

You can say the music he played is terribly dated or just not the genre you prefer, but his raw skill was, to me, unmatched, and listening to his playing can still give chills. He clearly had a lot of heart.

Posted by Ian | February 7, 2011 2:34 PM

The solo on Still In Love With You....

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 6:38 PM

gary moore was 200 times better then those wankers in free energy

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 6:34 PM

best guitar player mentioned on Brooklyn Vegan, ever

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 11:43 AM

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