Gary Moore: Musicians Pay Tribute to Thin Lizzy Guitairist


Henry Rollins tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Belfast-born rocker's death is a 'big loss.'

Musicians paid tribute to former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore, who died over the weekend in a Spanish hotel room.

Singer and guitarist Bryan Adams, who performed with Moore onstage, tweeted an "RIP Gary Moore" message to his fans, calling him a "guitarist extraordinaire."

Singer-songwriter Henry Rollins told The Hollywood Reporter that Moore's death was "a big loss."

"He was too young to go," Rollins said.

Rollins not only praised Moore's work with Thin Lizzy ("those Lizzy recordings with Moore were as good as it gets"), but also his individual projects.

 "His solo records were rocking," Rollins said. Moore is also known for his work with the band Skid Row.

The 58-year-old Moore joined Thin Lizzy in the early 1970s after the band’s lead singer Phil Lynott brought him into the fold to replace outgoing Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell.

Bell told the BBC that Moore "was a superb player and a dedicated musician."

Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham discussed Moore's work on the band's Black Rose album released in 1979.

"Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience, he was a great player and a great guy," Gorham said. "I will miss him."

Musician Bob Geldof described Moore as one of Ireland's musical legends, calling him, "one of the greatest blues players of all time. Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore - the glorious trinity of the Irish blues men."

Butch Walker gave this remembrance to THR about Moore:

"I was a teenage metalhead who worshipped guitar players with speed and virtuosity. This guy from Thin Lizzy named Gary Moore blew my mind with his tone and ability to make a solo move you emotionally with the melody and not just wanking. Then, as I grew up and my taste matured, I saw him rise above and beyond metal into an amazing and credible blues guitarist. I remember being 20 years old and playing "Still Got The Blues" live at shows and my parents realizing for the first time that I could sing AND play. I thank Gary for giving me the confidence to try. His playing will never be duplicated and will always remain understated. Rest In Peace, friend.