It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since Gary Moore passed away of a heart attack at the age of 58 during the early hours of February 6, 2011.
I first heard the news when Joe Bonamassa tweeted: Gary Moore, RIP.
Gary was on holiday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain, with his girlfriend at the time. His death was confirmed by Thin Lizzy’s manager Adam Parsons. Tests later revealed that Moore had an excessive amount of alcohol in his system.
So much has been said about Gary Moore. He was without a doubt one of the all time blues guitar greats.
I applauded the 5-CD release of “Essential Montreux” as a pure masterclass of blues guitar in a previous review.
Shortly after Gary’s death, Joe Bonamassa perfected his cover version of “Midnight Blues” and began weaving it into his live performances. Many say this Joe’s version is better than the original – and while that is debatable, my preference is to simply sit back and enjoy a guitar virtuoso paying homage to one of his heroes.
I have watched this video dozens of times and still get lost in the music. So much so that I now prefer absorbing the emotion with my eyes closed and headphones on.
See for yourself as Joe Bonamassa plays tribute to Gary Moore:
Those of you who want to delve further into Gary’s memory, here is a link to Guitar Player Magazines last interview with Gary [CLICK HERE].
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