Gary Moore

This story is about the King of the guitar-ballad, Gary Moore.

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish musician. Over the course of his career, he played in various groups and performed a range of music including Blues, Blues rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal and Jazz fusion. Influenced by Peter Green and Eric Clapton, Gary Moore began his career in the late 1960s when he joined Skid Row, with whom he released two albums.

After Gary Moore left the group to join Thin Lizzy, featuring his former Skid Row bandmate and frequent collaborator Phil Lynott.

Gary Moore began his solo career in the 1970s and achieved major success with 1979's "Parisienne Walkways", which is considered his signature song. During the 1980s, Gary transitioned into playing hard rock and heavy metal with varying degrees of international success. In 1990, he returned to his roots with Still Got the Blues, which became the most successful album of his career. Gary Moore continued to release new music throughout his later career, collaborating with other artists from time to time. Gary Moore died on February 6, 2011 from a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

Gary Moore was often described as a virtuoso and has been cited as an influence by many other guitar players. He was voted as one of the greatest guitarists of all time on respective lists by Total Guitar and  Louder. Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof said that "without question, that Gary Moore was one of the greatest Irish bluesmen". For most of his career, he was heavily associated with Peter Green's famed 1959 Gibson Les Paul, guitar, Greeny. Later he was honoured by Gibson and Fender with several signature model guitars.

Early life

Robert William Gary Moore was born in Belfast on 4 April 1952, the son of Winnie, a housewife, and Robert Moore, a promoter who ran the Queen's Hall ballroom in Holywood near Belfast. He grew up near Belfast's  Stormont Estate with four siblings. He credited his father for getting him started in music. When Gary Moore was six years old, his father invited him onstage to sing "Sugartime" with a showband at an event he had organised, which first sparked his interest in music. His father bought him his first guitar, a second-hand Framus acoustic, when Gary was 10 years old.

Though left-handed, he learned to play the instrument right-handed. Not long after, he formed his first band, The Beat Boys, who mainly performed Beatles songs. He later joined Platform Three and The Method, amongst others. Around this time, he befriended guitarist Rory Gallagher, who often performed at the same venues as him. He left Belfast for Dublin in 1968 just as The Troubles were starting in Northern Ireland. A year later, his parents separated.

Career - Skid Row

After moving to Dublin, Gary Moore joined Irish Blues rock band Skid Row. At the time, the group were fronted by vocalist Phil Lynott. He and Gary soon became friends and shared a bedsit in Ballsbridge.  However, after a medical leave of absence, Phil Lynott was asked to leave Skid Row by the band's bassist Brush Shiels, who had taken over lead vocal duties. In 1970, Skid Row signed a recording contract with  CBS, and released their debut album Skid, which reached number 30 on the UK Albums Chart. After the album 34 Hours in 1971, and tours supporting The Allman Brothers Band and Mountain amongst others, Gary Moore decided to leave the band.

He had become frustrated by Skid Row's "limitations", opting to start a solo career. In retrospect, Gary Moore stated: "Skid Row was a laugh but I don't have really fond memories of it, because at the time I was very mixed up about what I was doing." Sebastian Bach, former frontman of the American heavy metal band Skid Row, claimed that Gary Moore sold them the rights to the name in 1987 for a reported $35,000. Brush Shiels contested the story in 2012, claiming he still owns the rights. Rachel Bolan of the American Skid Row also refuted the story in 2019, stating: "There was never any money exchange. Snake and I went and trademarked the name, and there was no problem."

Thin Lizzy

After leaving Skid Row, Phil Lynott formed the Hard rock group Thin Lizzy. After the departure of guitarist Eric Bell, Gary Moore was recruited to help finish the band's ongoing tour in early 1974. During his time with the group, Gary recorded three songs with them, including "Still in Love with You", which he co-wrote.

The song was later included on Thin Lizzy's fourth album Nightlife. Gary Moore then left Thin Lizzy in April 1974. While he enjoyed his time in the band, He felt it wasn't good for him, stating: "After a few months I was doing myself in, drinking and high on the whole thing."  In 1977, Gary Moore rejoined Thin Lizzy for a tour of the United States after guitarist Brian Robertson  injured his hand in a bar fight. After finishing the tour, Phil Lynott asked Gary Moore to join the band on a permanent basis, but he declined.

Brian Robertson eventually returned to the group, before leaving for good in 1978. Gary Moore took his place once again, this time for long enough to record the album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, which was released in 1979. The record was a success, being certified gold in the UK. However, he abruptly left Thin Lizzy that July in the middle of another tour. He had become fed up with the band's increasing drug use and the effects it was having on their performance. Gary Moore subsequently said he had no regrets about leaving the band, "but maybe it was wrong the way I did it. I could've done it differently, I suppose. But I just had to leave." Thin Lizzy would eventually disband in 1983 with Gary making guest appearances on the band's farewell tour. Some of the performances were released on the live album Life.

Following Phil Lynott's death in January 1986, Gary Moore performed with members of Thin Lizzy at the Self Aid concert the following May. He joined the stage with former Thin Lizzy members again in August 2005, when a bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublin. A recording of the concert was released as One Night in Dublin: A Tribute to Phil Lynott.

Solo career

In 1973, Gary Moore released the album Grinding Stone, which was credited to The Gary Moore Band. An eclectic mix of Blues, Rock and Jazz, the album proved to be a commercial flop with Gary Moore still unsure of his musical direction. Between stints in Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore released his first proper solo album Back on the Streets in 1978. It spawned the hit single "Parisienne Walkways", which also featured Phil Lynott on lead vocals and bass.

The song reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart and is considered Moore's signature song. After leaving Thin Lizzy in 1979, Gary Moore relocated to Los Angeles where he signed a new recording contract with Jet Records. He recorded the album Dirty Fingers, which was shelved in favour of the more "radio-oriented" G-Force album, which came out in 1980. Dirty Fingers  was eventually released in Japan in 1983, followed by an international release the next year.

After moving to London and signing a new recording contract with Virgin, Gary Moore released his second solo album Corridors of Power in 1982. While not a major success, it was the first album to feature Gary Moore on lead vocals throughout, as well as his first solo release to crack the Billboard 200  chart.

Musically Corridors of Power featured more of a rock feel, with additional influences from AOR  bands, such as Journey and REO Speedwagon. The album also featured former Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and keyboardist Tommy Eyre, who had previously played with Gary Moore in Greg Lake's backing band. During the supporting tour for Corridors of Power, singer John Sloman was also hired to share lead vocal duties with Gary Moore, while Tommy Eyre was replaced by Don Airey.

In 1984, Gary Moore released the album Victims of the Future, which marked another musical change, this time towards Hard rock and Heavy metal. The album also saw the addition of keyboardist Neil Carter, who would continue to push Gary in this new musical direction.

For the supporting tour, they were joined by former Rainbow bassist Craig Gruber and drummer Bobby Chouinard, who were later replaced by Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley and former Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson, respectively.

In 1985, Gary Moore released his fifth solo album Run for Cover, which featured guest vocals by Phil Lynott and Glenn Hughes. Gary Moore and Phil Lynott performed the hit single "Out in the Fields", which reached the top five in both Ireland and the UK. On the back of its success, Run for Cover achieved gold certification in Sweden, as well as silver in the UK. For the album's supporting tour, Paul Thompson was replaced by drummer Gary Ferguson. Glenn Hughes was supposed to join the band on bass, but due to his substance abuse problems, he was replaced by Australian, Bob Daisley. Following Phil Lynott's death, Gary Moore dedicated his sixth solo album, 1987's Wild Frontier, to him.

A blend of Celtic folk music, blues and rock, the album proved to be another success, being certified platinum in Sweden, gold in Finland and Norway, as well as silver in the UK. The album also spawned the hit single "Over the Hills and Far Away", which charted in nine countries. For the accompanying tour, former Kiss and Black Sabbath drummer Eric Singer joined Gary Moore's backing band. Wild Frontier was followed up by 1989's After the War, which featured drummer Cozy Powell. However, he was replaced by Chris Slade for the supporting tour.

While After the War achieved gold status in Germany and Sweden, as well as silver in the UK, Gary Moore had grown tired of his own music. He told former Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell that after listening to some of his own albums, he thought they were "the biggest load of fucking shite" he had ever heard. In his own words, he had lost his "musical self‑respect".

In 1990, Gary Moore released the album Still Got the Blues, which saw him returning to his blues roots and collaborating with the likes of Albert KingAlbert Collins and George Harrison. The idea for the record had come up during the supporting tour for After the War. Gary Moore would often play the blues by himself in the dressing room when one night Bob Daisley jokingly suggested that he do a whole blues album.

This change in musical style was also underlined by a change in Gary Moore's wardrobe. He now sported a smart blue suit for videos and live performances instead of being "all dolled up like some guy in Def Leppard".

This was a conscious decision by Gary Moore to attract new listeners and inform his old audience that "this was something new". In the end, Still Got the Blues proved to be the most successful album of Gary Moore's career, selling over three million copies worldwide. The album's title track also became the only single of Gary Moore's solo career to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 97 in February 1991.

For the album's supporting tour, Gary Moore assembled a new backing band, dubbed The Midnight Blues Band, featuring Andy Pyle, Graham Walker, Don Airey, as well as a horn section. Still Got the Blues was followed up by 1992's After Hours, which went platinum in Sweden and gold in the UK. The record also became Gary Moore's highest-charting album in the UK where it reached number four. In 1995, Gary Moore released Blues for Greeny, a tribute album to his friend and mentor Peter Green.

After experimenting with electronic music on Dark Days in Paradise (1997) and A Different Beat (1999), Gary Moore once again returned to his blues roots with 2001's Back to the Blues. This was a followed-up by Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close as You Get (2007) and finally Bad for You Baby (2008). Prior to his death, Gary Moore was working on a new Celtic rock album that was left unfinished. Some of the songs would later appear on the live album Live at Montreux 2010. Additional unreleased recordings of Gary Moore were released on the album "How Blue Can You" Get in 2021.

Other work

In 1975, Gary Moore joined progressive Jazz fusion group Colosseum II, which was formed after the demise of bandleader Jon Hiseman's previous band Colosseum. Gary Moore recorded three albums with the group, before leaving to join Thin Lizzy in 1978. While living in Los Angeles in 1979, Gary Moore formed the band G-Force with Glenn Hughes and Mark Nauseef. However, Glenn Hughes was soon fired due to his problems with substance abuse. The band then recruited singer Willie Dee and bassist Tony Newton.

At the same time, Gary Moore was also being courted to join Ozzy Osbourne's band. He declined, but G-Force helped Osbourne audition other musicians for his band. G-Force released their  self-titled debut album in 1980 and toured opening for Whitesnake. Before the end of the year, however, the band broke up. Gary Moore was then recruited to play guitar in Greg Lake's (Emerson, Lake &Palmer) solo band.

They recorded two studio albums together, 1981's Greg Lake and 1983's Manoeuvres, as well as the live album King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert, which was released in 1995. In 1982, Gary Moore was considered for the guitarist position in Whitesnake, but vocalist David Coverdale  opted not to recruit Gary Moore as the band were in the process of severing ties with their management. In 1987, Gary Moore collaborated on the UK charity record "Let It Be", which was released under the group name Ferry Aid.

From 1993 to 1994, Gary Moore was a member of the short-lived power trio BBM ("Baker, Bruce Moore"), which also featured Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, both formerly of Cream. After just one album and a European tour, the trio disbanded. The project was marred by personality clashes between members as well as "ear problems" Gary Moore sustained during the tour. Gary later said of the band's break-up:

"There were a lot of things within the band that would have made it impossible, long term. I think that politically Jack [Bruce] was used to having his own band, I was used to having my own band and so it was very difficult."

In 2002, Gary Moore collaborated with former Skunk Anansie bassist Cass Lewis and  Primal Scream drummer Darrin Mooney in Scars, which released one album. Gary Moore also performed on the One World Project charity single "Grief Never Grows Old", which was released in 2005.

Over the course of his career, Gary Moore played with several other artists, including George Harrison, Dr. Strangely StrangeAndrew Lloyd WebberRod ArgentGary BoyleB.B. KingThe Traveling Wilburys  and The Beach Boys.

Personal life

In the mid-1970s, Gary Moore was involved in a bar fight which left him with facial scars. According to Eric Bell, he was with his girlfriend at Dingwalls when two men "started mouthing about Gary's girlfriend [...] what they'd like to do to her". After Gary confronted them about it, one of the men smashed a bottle on the bar and slashed Moore's face with it. This had a profound effect on him. Eric Bell said, "It did change him. A lot of that pent-up anger and emotion would come out in his playing. And it came out in other ways too. It must be a hard thing to come back from something like that." During the 1980s, he would hide his scars in photographs and videos by looking down or being framed from a distance.

Gary Moore was married to his first wife Kerry from 1985 to 1993. Before divorcing, they had two sons, Jack (who would also go on to become a musician) and Gus. Gary Moore later had a daughter, Lily (who also embarked on a career in music), during a relationship with Jo Rendle. Gary Moore also had a daughter named Saoirse from another relationship. At the time of his death, Gary was in a relationship.


During the early hours of February 6, 2011, Gary Moore died of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 58. At the time, he was on holiday with his girlfriend at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain. His death was confirmed by Thin Lizzy's manager Adam Parsons.

The Daily Telegraph reported that his heart attack was brought on by a blood alcohol level of 0.38%, whereas a level of 0.40% is generally considered lethal and 0.08% is considered legally drunk. According to music journalist Mick Wall, Gary Moore had developed a serious drinking problem during the last years of his life.

Gary Moore was buried in a private ceremony at St Margaret's Churchyard in Rottingdean on the south coast of England with only family and close friends in attendance. His eldest son Jack and his uncle Cliff performed the Irish ballad ‘Danny Boy’ at his funeral. This was reported in The Belfast Telegraph as "a flawless tribute at which some mourners in the church wept openly".

A large statue of Gary Moore was erected on a small island outside Skånevik, following his many performances at the Skånevik Blues Festival. The statue still stands as of July 2013.

Style and influences

Gary Moore was known for having an eclectic career, having performed Blues, Hard rock, Heavy metal and Jazz fusion. At times he was accused of chasing trends, which Gary he denied, stating that he'd always just done what he liked at the time. Following Still Got the Blues, Gary Moore distanced himself from his 1980s hard rock image. While he still enjoyed rock music in general, he no longer identified himself as a rock guitarist, stating:

"I'm not that guy anymore, to be honest with you. If I go back and listen to some of that stuff, I go, 'Shit. Did I really play that?' It just sounds quite alien to me in some ways. – It's just not the way I want to play." While Gary Moore was closely associated with and cited as a heavy influence on the guitar "shred" movement of the 1980s, Gary Moore himself was highly critical of many of its proponents, describing many of the artists associated with the Guitar Institute of Technology and Shrapnel Records,

as being part of a "conveyor belt production line of guitarists who haven't a lot to say for themselves". Many of Moore's songs were autobiographical or they dealt with topics important to him.

One of his biggest influences was guitarist Peter Green. (Fleetwood Mac) The first time he heard Peter Green play was at a performance with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, of which he said: "It was an amazing experience just to hear a guitarist walk on stage and plug into this amplifier, which I thought was a pile of shit, and get this incredible sound. He was absolutely fantastic, everything about him was so graceful." Gary Moore eventually met Peter Green in January 1970 when Skid Row toured with Green's band Fleetwood Mac. The two became friends and Peter Green later sold his 1959 Gibson Les Paul to Gary Moore.

Another major influence of Gary was Eric Clapton, whom he first heard on the John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Gary Moore later described this as a life-changing experience: "Within two seconds of the opening track, I was blown away. The guitar sound itself was so different. You could hear the blues in it, but prior to that all the guitar you heard in rock, well pop, music had been very staid, very polite. Just listen to the early Beatles and The Shadows to see what I mean. They were great, but Eric Clapton transcended it completely." Some of Gary Moore's other early influences included Jeff BeckGeorge HarrisonJimi HendrixHank MarvinJohn Mayall and Mick Taylor.  He also cited Albert King and B.B. King as influences.

Gary Moore has been described as a virtuoso by numerous publications. Don Airey described him as a genius, while guitarist Bernie Marsden stated that "Gary could play literally any style". He was known for his melodic sensibilities, as well as his aggressive vibrato. During the 1980s, he often used major or natural minor scales. During the second half of his career, Gary Moore's playing was characterised by his use of pentatonic and blues scales. For more melodic leads, Gary Moore would often use the guitar's neck pickup, while the bridge pickup was used to achieve a more aggressive sound.

Regarding his style of playing, he said the best piece of advice he ever received came from Albert King, who taught him the value of leaving space. Gary Moore stated: "When you get into the habit of leaving a space, you become a much better player for it. If you've got an expressive style and can express your emotions through your guitar, and you've got a great tone, it creates a lot of tension for the audience. It's all down to the feel thing. If you've got a feel for the blues, that's a big part of it. But you've got to leave that space."

Gary Moore was also known for having pained expressions while performing, something he said was not a conscious action. When asked about it, he stated: "When I'm playing I get completely lost in it and I'm not even aware of what I'm doing with my face — I'm just playing."

Gary Moore was often described as "grumpy" and he had a reputation of being hard to work with. Brian Downey described him as "cranky" at times, while Eric Bell recalled a particular incident after a concert in Dublin: "I went to see him in the dressing room afterwards. — I sat down beside him and said, 'Fucking great gig, Gary.' He looked at me. 'What? Fucking load of shite! I've never played so bad in my fucking life!' I saw that side of him quite a lot." This was echoed by Brian Downey, who stated that if a show was not perfect, it would torment Gary. While Gary Moore acknowledged his reputation of being difficult to work with at times, he attributed this to his own perfectionism, holding others up to the same standards he set for himself. Don Airey would later state that Gary Moore's perfectionism was often to his own detriment.


Following his death, many of Moore's fellow musicians paid tribute to him, including his former Thin Lizzy bandmates Brian Downey, and Scott Gorham, as well as Bryan Adams, Bob GeldofKirk HammettTony IommiAlex LifesonBrian MayOzzy Osbourne, Paul RodgersHenry RollinsRoger TaylorButch Walker,  and Mikael Åkerfeldt, amongst many others.

Thin Lizzy also dedicated the rest of their ongoing tour to Gary Moore. Eric Clapton performed "Still Got the Blues" in concert as a tribute to Gary Moore, and the song was later featured on Eric Clapton's 2013 album Old Sock. On 12 March 2011, a tribute night was held for Gary Moore at Duff's Brooklyn in New York City. On April 18, 2011, a number of musicians, including Eric Bell and Brian Downey, gathered for a tribute concert at Whelan's in Dublin.

In 2012, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Gary Moore was held at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. To commemorate what would have been his father's 65th birthday, Jack Moore along with guitarist Danny Young released the tribute song "Phoenix" in 2017. That same year, guitarist Henrik Freischlader released a tribute album to Gary Moore, titled "Blues for Gary". In 2018, Bob Daisley released the album "Moore Blues for Gary – A Tribute to Gary Moore", which featured the likes of Glenn HughesSteve LukatherSteve MorseJoe Lynn Turner and Ricky Warwick.

On April 12, 2019, a tribute concert for Gary Moore was held at The Belfast Empire Music Hall to help raise funds for a memorial statue. On August 28, 2020, Über Röck announced plans to host a tribute concert in Belfast on February 6, 2021 to mark the tenth anniversary of Gary Moore's death. Gary Moore has been cited as an influence by many notable guitarists, including Doug AldrichJoe BonamassaVivian CampbellPaul GilbertKirk HammettJohn NorumJohn PetrucciJohn Sykes, and Zakk Wylde.

In 2018, Gary Moore was voted number 15 on Louder's list of "The 50 Best Guitarists of All Time". In 2020, he was placed on a list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" by Total GuitarClassic Rock included him on their 2021 list of "The 100 Most Influential Guitar Heroes".

Gary Moore's official biography, written by Harry Shapiro and authorized by Gary Moore's estate, was released on September 27, 2022.

Equipment - Guitars

The guitar most associated with Gary Moore was a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, which was sold to him by Peter Green for around £100. The guitar, nicknamed "Greeny", is known for its unusual tone, the result of a reversed neck pickup.

Gary Moore used the guitar for most of his career (most notably on "Parisienne Walkways"), until he sold it in 2006 for somewhere between $750,000 and $1.2 million. In a 2007 interview for Vintage Guitar magazine, Gary Moore explained why he had to sell the guitar:

"I didn’t want to sell it – I had to sell it for various reasons, but mainly because I injured my hand a few years ago and the insurance didn't pay up. I canceled shows and had to cover tour costs with my own money, and didn’t get paid for any of the shows. I ended up with debt. So it was a financial thing, and that was the quickest way to do anything about it. I mean, why would I want to sell it? That guitar was played by Jimi Hendrix and Jeff BeckRory Gallagher played it, I played it… It was a very special instrument."

The guitar was purchased by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett in 2014 for what was reportedly "less than $2 million". ($150.000 as far as I know it)

On Still Got the Blues, Gary Moore used another 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, nicknamed "Stripe", which he bought in 1989. Apart from fitting bigger frets and Grover tuners, the guitar was completely stock standard with original pickups and electronics. Gary Moore used it extensively throughout the remainder of his career and by the 2000s was his "main guitar". The guitar was retained by Gary Moore's estate following his death.

In 2000–2001, Gibson released a Gary Moore Signature Les Paul Standard with a faded lemonburst finish and a reversed neck pickup. Gibson later released a Gary Moore Signature BFG Les Paul, featuring a P-90 pickup in the neck position. In 2013, Gibson announced a new Gary Moore Signature Les Paul, modelled after the "Greeny" guitar.

On Corridors of Power and Victims of the Future, Gary Moore used a 1961 Fiesta Red Fender Stratocaster, which had previously belonged to Tommy Steele.

In 2017, Fender Custom Shop released a limited edition replica of the guitar. During the 1980s, Gary Moore also played Hamer and PRS guitars, as well as Charvels equipped with Floyd Rose tremolos and EMG pickups.

Other guitars Gary Moore used during his career include a 1964 Gibson ES-335 and a 1968 Fender Telecaster. After his death, a number of Gary Moore's guitars were auctioned off. These included a 1963 Fender Stratocaster given to him by Claude Nobs, a Fritz Brothers Roy Buchanan Bluesmaster, a 2011 Gibson Les Paul Standard VOS Collector's Choice No. 1 Artist's Proof No. 3 (modelled after the "Greeny" guitar) and a 1964 Gibson Firebird 1.

Gary Moore began playing with .009-.046 gauge strings, before switching to .010-.052. Later he switched to gauge .009-.048. Gary Moore's preferred brand of strings was Dean Markley. He also used extra-heavy picks.

Other equipment

Gary Moore used Marshall amplifiers during most of his career. He utilized other brands from time to time as well, including Dean MarkleyGallien-Krueger and Fender. Some of the effects pedals Gary Moore used during the 1980s included a Boss DS-1, an Ibanez ST-9 Super Tube Screamer, a Roland Space Echo, a Roland SDE 3000 Digital Delay and a Roland Dimension D. Later he used a variety of effects by T-Rex, an Ibanez TS-10 Tube Screamer Classic and a Marshall Guv'nor, the last of which was featured most notably on "Still Got the Blues". In the studio, Gary Moore used an Alesis Midiverb II since the late 1980s.  Gary Moore was also an early adopter of the pedalboard, namely the Boss BCB-6 "Carrying Box", which he used in the early 1980s.

This entire document is my ode to one of the best guitarists who ever lived. Once, a long time ago I saw him live in Ahoy, Rotterdam.


Granny's Intentions Honest Injun (1970)

Skid Row (a.k.a. 'Dublin Gas Comy.'1970) (1990)

Skid Row Skid (1970)

Skid Row 34 Hours (1971)

Skid Row (a.k.a. 'Gary Moore/Brush Shiels/Noel Bridgeman'1971) (1990)

Skid Row Live And On Song 1969 (2006)

The Gary Moore Band Grinding Stone (1973)

Thin Lizzy Nightlife (1974)

Back on the Streets (1978)

Thin Lizzy Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)

G-Force (1980)

Greg Lake Greg Lake (1981)

Corridors of Power (1982)

Greg Lake Manoeuvres (1983)

Thin Lizzy Life (1983)

Dirty Fingers (1983)

Rockin' Every Night – Live in Japan (1983)

Live at the Marquee (1983)

Victims of the Future (1984)

We Want Moore! (1984) live

Run for Cover (1985)

Wild Frontier (1987)

After the War (1989)

Still Got the Blues (1990)

After Hours (1992)

Blues Alive (1993)

BBM  Around the Next Dream (1994)

Greg Lake King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert (1995)

Blues for Greeny (1995)

Dark Days in Paradise (1997)

A Different Beat (1999)

Back to the Blues (2001)

Scars (with Cass Lewis & Darrin Mooney) (2002)

Live at Monsters of Rock (2003)

Power of the Blues (2004)

Old New Ballads Blues (2006)

Close as You Get (2007)

Bad For You Baby (2008)

Live at Montreux 2010 (2010)

Blues for Jimi (2012) live

Live at Bush Hall 2007 (2014)

Live from London (2020)

How Blue Can You Get (2021)

Early works, guest appearances & sessions

1970 Honest Injun - Granny's Intention (on "Maybe", "We Both Need To Know", "Good Eye", "Fifty Years On", "Susan of the Country", "Rise Then Fall", "With Salty Eyes", "Fourthskin Blues", and "Heavy Loaded Minds")

1970 Dr. Strangely Strange - "Heavy Petting" (on "Summer Breeze", "Sign On My Mind", "Gave My Love An Apple", and "Mary Malone of Moscow")

1973 Jonathan Kelly - "Wait Till They Change The Backdrop" (on "Turn Your Eye On Me", "Down On Me", "All In New Light", and "Hold On")

1975 Eddie Howell - "The Eddie Howell Gramophone Record" (acoustic guitar on "Miss Amerika"; credited as Garry Moore)

1975 Various - The Rock Peter and the Wolf (acoustic guitar on "Introduction"; slide guitar on "Grandfather"; electric guitar on "Peter's Theme", "Duck Theme", "Duck and Bird", "Cat and Duck", "Peter's Chase", "Rock and Roll Celebration", "Duck Escape", and "Final Theme")

1975 The Soul Searchers - "Scaramouche" b/w "Head Stand" 7" single

1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations

1978 Gary Boyle - "Electric Glide" (on "Hayabusa" and "Gaz")

1978 Rod Argent - "Moving Home" (acoustic guitar)

1979 Cozy Powell - Over the Top (on "Killer")

1980 Jack Lancaster - Skinningrove Bay (on "Kilten Castle"; credited as Garry Moore)

1981 Cozy Powell - Tilt (on "Sunset" and "The Blister")

1982 Johnny Duhan - "Johnny Duhan" (on "Ocean of Motion")

1983 Cozy Powell - "Octopus" (on "Dartmoore")

1983 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends - "Arrested" (on "Truth Hits Everybody", "Arrested", "Message In A Bottle", and "Invisible Sun")

1983 Chris Thompson - "Out of the Night" (on "Do What You Wanna Do")

1985 The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys (on "Maybe I Don't Know" and "She Believes in Love Again")

1986 Minako Honda - "Cancel" (on "Cancel")

1986 Minako Honda - "The Cross (Ai No Jujika)" (non-album single; released by Gary as "Crying in the Shadows" on the CD version of Wild Frontier)

1986 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Warriors of the Wasteland" (Attack Mix)

1988 Don Airey - "K2 (Tales Of Triumph And Tragedy)" (on "Sea of Dreams Part 1" and "Song For Al")

1988 Mo Foster - Bel Assis (on "The Light in Your Eyes" and "Pump II")

1988 Keith Emerson - "The Christmas Album" (uncredited on "Captain Starship Christmas")

1989 Vicki Brown - "Lady of Time" (on "Just For You" and "If I Thought")

1990 Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (on "She's My Baby"; credited as Ken Wilbury)

1990 Vicki Brown - "About Love and Time" (on "We Are One")

1991 Mo FosterSouthern Reunion (on "Gil" and "A Notional Anthem")

1992 Jimmy Nail - Growing Up in Public (on "Absent Friends")

1993 Albert Collins - "Collins Mix" (The Best of) (on "If Trouble Was Money")

1993 Paul Rodgers - Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (on "She Moves Me")

1994 Snowy White - "Highway to the Sun" (on "Keep On Working")

1994 Jack Bruce - Cities of the Heart (on "Life On Earth", "N.S.U.", "Sitting on Top of the World", "Politician", and "Spoonful")

1997 Jack Bruce - "Sitting On Top of The World" (The 50th Birthday Concert)

1997 Doctor Strangely Strange - "Alternative Medicine: The Difficult Third Album" (on "The Heat Came Down", "Whatever Happened To The Blues", and "Hard As Nails")

2001 John Mayall & Friends - "Along For The Ride" (on "If I Don't Get Home")

2001 Jim Capaldi - "Living On The Outside" (on "Heart of Stone")

2001 Jack Bruce - Shadows in the Air (on "Heart Quake" and "Dark Heart")

2002 Various - "Various – From Clarksdale To Heaven - Remembering John Lee Hooker" (on "I'm In The Mood" and "Serve Me Right to Suffer")

2004 Trilok Gurtu - "Broken Rhythms" (on "Kabir")

2004 Jim Capaldi - "Poor Boy Blue"

2006 Otis Taylor - "Definition of a Circle" (on "Little Betty", "Something In Your Back Pocket", and "Love and Hesitation")

2007 Various - "Dear Mr Fantasy" (Featuring the Music of Jim Capaldi & Traffic): A Celebration For Jim Capaldi (on "Evil Love" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive")


Thin Lizzy Live at Sydney Harbour '78 (1978)

Emerald Aisles. Live in Ireland (1984)

Live at Isstadion Stockholm: Wild Frontier Tour (1987)

The Video Singles (1987)

Live in Belfast: After the War Tour (1989)

An Evening of the Blues with Gary Moore and the Midnight Blues Band – featuring Albert Collins and Albert King (1990)

The Old Grey Whistle Test 2 (2003)

Live at Monsters of Rock (2003)


Gary Moore & The Midnight Blues Band – Live at Montreux 1990 (2004)

Gary Moore and B.B. King (2006)

Gary Moore and Friends: One Night in Dublin – A Tribute to Phil Lynott (2006)

Gary Moore - The Definitive Montreux Collection (2007)

Live at Montreux 2010 (2011)

Blues for Jimi (2012)

Gary Moore participated in a comedy skit entitled "The Easy Guitar Book Sketch", with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler, Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and David Gilmour from Pink Floyd.

Source: Wikipedia, and a little from me

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