Obituary: Gary Moore

Belfast-born guitarist and former Thin Lizzy member passes away aged 58

One of Northern Ireland's most prolific musicians, the guitarist Gary Moore, died while on holiday in Spain on Sunday, February 6 2011, at the age of 58.

Moore was introduced to the power of the blues by seeing artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers play live in Belfast. At 16, Moore started out on his career with Dublin blues-rock act Skid Row, playing alongside Phil Lynott.

Following three albums with the band, and a brief stint as a solo artist, 1973 saw Moore join up with Lynott once more as Eric Bell's replacement in Thin Lizzy. Although Moore's time in the band was relatively brief, he rejoined in 1977 and again the following year for the 'Black Rose' tour.

1979 saw a return to a solo career for Moore, and with the help of Lynott, achieving top ten chart success with singles 'Parisienne Walkways' and 'Out In The Fields', the latter being one of the last recordings by Lynott (see video below).

Unconstrained by any genre and continually experimenting, Moore released an astonishing 20 solo studio albums, the last of which was 2008's Bad For You Baby.

A message posted on Moore's official website on February 6 read: 'It is with deep sorrow and regret, that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night. Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time.'

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