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Roger Glover on Gary Moore

As you have probably heard by now, Gary Moore has passed away this Sunday, February 6, in his hotel room in Spain. His death was ruled out to be of natural causes, heart attack being the prime suspect. He was 58. Both Ian Paice and Don Airey played in his band in the 1980s.

Roger Glover writes on his webstite:

I am deeply shocked and saddened about Gary’s passing. He was truly one of the great guitarists, had a huge talent, and was a musical force beyond par. I am a fan.

My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, and fans all over the world.


Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

39 Comments to “Roger Glover on Gary Moore”:

  1. 1
    Renzo says:

    Goodbye Gary. Play on with Philo, Cozy, Ronnie and many (too many) others… Still got the blues (for you)

  2. 2
    Debs says:

    Corridors of Power was the very first album I bought with my very own pocket money (that ages me!) – It was fab then, and is still one of the best albums ever! Saw Gary loads when I was younger and a few years ago with BB King, a real sad loss. x

  3. 3
    Victor Ponzo says:

    Of all the wonerful work Gary Moore has done his work with Cozy Powell and Still Got the Blues were my favorites. He had that classic Les Paul thru a Marshall sound ala Jimmy Page but had immense dexterity and soul. That sound sang through all his performances. I really think Gary Moore’s careet and performances will be noted in the historical annals of Rock and Roll history for decades to come. Thanks for those incredible inspirational moments.
    Promise me you and Cozy are in Heaven’s studio playing Killer again! RIP

  4. 4
    AndreA says:

    we must not mistreat our lives!
    Is not it good to pay duty as well!
    I miss Gary Moore!
    Give my regards to Phil, you my friend for life..

  5. 5
    Crimson Ghost says:

    RIP – one of the best!

  6. 6
    Nupsi59 says:

    Another great musician passed away too early.
    There’s a lot of empty rooms now.

    Rest in peace, Gary!

  7. 7
    martin says:

    Spent the last two days listening to my collection of Gary Moore albums. Rare that I leave Deep Purple away from my ears for so long, I guess it’s my own introverted tribute to indeed, one of the best, most talented, musicians of the modern era.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Awkward choice for the beginning of this thread : (

  9. 9
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    This really hurts……

    Been a Moore fan since the early 80’s. Mainly due to his Purple connection. Paice, Airey, Lord and such played with him on many outings. Followed him through his Hard Rock days and loved him in his Blues days. My all time favorites from him are…. ‘The Loner’, ‘Over the Hills’, ‘The Messiah will Come’, and the total BBM Album he did with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce whereby he recreated and surpassed CREAM. I dedicate Your Song…”Nothing’s the Same’….to you, which I have held close to my heart and actually previously dedicated to my Father when he passed in 1991. Seems fitting…..to all whom have access to all Gary Moore, please take a listen to the song…’Nothing’s the Same’.

    Because as in the main verse of the song….’Nothing’s the same without you’………….

    Just another chapter closed, as with DIO. You were the one whom I always stated would have been the best Guitarist to be in Purple besides Blackmore. Morse was selected and did and is doing a fabulous job. Now you are gone. So it no longer is an option. Can’t happen here. Hope to one day See you on the Other Side, jamming with the LONG LOST GREATS!!!!! You were a Believer, just as I. See you there.

    Cheers and may GOD BLESS.

  10. 10
    Moreblack says:


  11. 11
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Who’s we? If you mean Gary he was healthy, no causualty of poor lifestyle or self mistreatment. He died of heart failure which is considered a natural cause of death. I don’t see what ‘we’ has to do with anything!

    ‘COP’ was actually the only US Billboard Rock Album chart no.1 that a former member of Deep Purple achieved during their hiatus from 76 to 84. Ian Paice takes the proverbial cake there, a very prevailing tivial fact. If ya care about such stats.

  12. 12
    Joanna says:

    He had promised to play at our Guinness Guitar Record this year. What a pity he will never play anymore!
    We will play his “I still got the blues” at the
    Thanks Jimi Festival in Wroclaw on 30th April. Good bye, Gary, we will miss you.

  13. 13
    Jeff Summers says:

    Gary Moore (along with Ritchie Blackmore)was the best British guitarist I ever heard. The fire and passion in his playing were for me unrivalled by anyone of his generation. His compositional skills both as a soloist and songwriter were touched by genius.

    You can hear his influence in so many guitar players of the last 2-3 decades and his style touched and crossed so many genres.

    RIP Gary Moore xx

  14. 14
    MacGregor says:

    Gary Moore’s best material in my book still is the early 80’s material, Dirty Fingers, Corridors of Power & Victims of the Future. Mind blowing riffs & songs, superb ballads & also before that with Colosseum 2, progressive fusion that a lot of people seem to not mention at all! Also the Thin Lizzy era, his blues was good, but not my favourite blues from that side of the world (Rory Gallagher & Robin Trower) are the masters IMHO. RIP, another legend from the classic rock era!

  15. 15
    The Cat-That-Sleeps says:

    RIP… Don Airey and Paicey, yes, and Glenn Hughes too. All three recorded with him.

  16. 16
    Drdp says:

    So Sad & WAY too premature. I was watching the “Out In The Fields” video in memoriam. THEY are both gone but together now. As Gary sang “Death Is Just A Heartbeat Away” R.I.P. Gary. Regards,Drdp

  17. 17
    Captain Pike says:

    Gary Moore was an intergral part of the Purple family with too many connections to name. He was a fabulous guitarist across a wide range of styles. Despite being probably most associated with the Les Paul, I tend to think of him as another of the Strat Greats, although Moore never limited himself stylistically or regarding equipment, having played various Gibson models as well as Ibanez, Fender, Hamer and others.

    Ian Paice was with Moore just before the Reunion took place in 1984 and in fact Paice left Gary Moore’s band while they were recording We Want Moore! Just before that, Moore and Paice recorded a spot for the Rock School series that aired in America on PBS (I taped all the episodes, rushing home from college to watch them). In the guitar segment, Moore went through a demonstration of the various stompbox effects he used. Ian Paice ran through a quick drum solo, making it all look too easy. The end credits had them all rocking to “The End of the World”.

    Along with We Want Moore! and Rockin’ Every Night(also with Neil Murray and Ian Paice), my favorite has to be Run for Cover with some spectacular performances by Glenn Hughes. Phil Lynott was on it as well–probably one of his last recordings as the album came out in 1985. It would be about another five or six years before Glenn Hughes got things together for himself, but I credit this recording as a major step toward Hughes’ rebirth as a rock great.

    I hate to use the word “comeback” to describe Moore, as he never really left, but in recent years he was very active in recording and was in a renaissance of sorts. His passing came as a big shock as it was sudden and he was relatively young. Certainly, he will be remembered as one of the guitar greats.

    Gary Moore with Ian Paice and Don Airey (very cool):

  18. 18
    AndreA says:


    “we” as humans, we are all humans..
    surely that at 58 a heart failure is due by his bad life style..
    I’m not here to condemn, it was just a consideration,


  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I suppose Andrea is referring to the “news” , at least over here in some places, that his death had its origin in overusing alcohol the day before.

    I dont know what is the real story but it saddened me to read it so quick after.

    It is like : the ghost did not yet leave or the crows were trying to pick his body.

    I ve seen several pics of late in which he was evidently too “heavy” but to imply it caused his heart attack?

  20. 20
    ormandy says:

    R.I.P. Gary Moore

    …and say hello to Purple if you’re still floating around Spain.

    Clocks a tickin’ boys.

  21. 21
    TruthHurts says:

    Terribly sad to hear about Gary Moore passing away. I still remember the days of the “Blues Alive” album like it was yesterday. In addition to his blistering rockers I thought he really did the aor/mor blues thing very beautifully. And as has been pointed out BBM was
    preferred by many to the original ‘Cream’. A truly awesomely powerful guitar player and singer, it is a great loss to all music.

  22. 22
    Roberto says:

    best albums:
    -dirty fingers
    -victimes of the future

    best live performance: the one with Paice Murray and Airey on the song ‘hurricane’

  23. 23
    T says:

    Re: #17

    Apologies…I forgot to mention that once you click on the link, you have to go over to choose “Gary Moore–Hurricane” from the sidebar.

    Explore the other Gary Moore videos there as well.

  24. 24
    james jay says:

    @17 As an avid jogger, wearing goofy headphones and carrying my walkman in- hand, I would always pick up the pace when “Run for Cover” popped on. I was introduced to his music by my brother. I knew the guy would be special because of my brother’s appreciation for a “true” musician. Going to run an extra mile today in 10 degree weather for GM.

  25. 25
    Mariam says:

    I’m disappointed about Gary’s passing,he had honor all around the world and he was worth it. Rest in peace really amazing and fantastic musician !!

  26. 26
    byron says:

    So sad
    I still can’t believe it

  27. 27
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @Andre – you’re wrong! Shame shame shame! Ass_u_me

    @Priest – first I ever heard of a hangover resulting in heart failure, doctor doom merchant. sic!

  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Actually Ghost….

    You are correct in your rebuttal to Andre. From what little I (and any of us) know regarding Moore’s “Lifestyle”, nothing yet has surfaced regarding he was an abuser……

    Where you are incorrect is regarding your Priest rebuttal. Heartfailure can and many times has taken place after Too much Booze. It’s called ‘Alcohol Poisoning and even without getting to Poisoning level, depending on one’s make-up and health issues, can be responsible for a cardiac infarction…..Heart Attack.

    Not say that is what happened to my Hero, by any means due to the lack of info at this time, but a Heart Attack at 58 is either due to hereditary health issues, dietary or contributing issues from the victim in Most cases.

    My favorite Hard Rock LP from him was ‘Victims of the Future’…..

    His is future is over……Our Loss.


  29. 29
    David McCrory says:

    Yet another sad day for music, a trully verisitle player.

  30. 30
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Larry, once again you slip.
    You misunderstood again.(…)And at the same you fall back on a image so eagerly embraced by certain people who like to picture me in black & white.

    I tried to picture the source from which A. retrieved her analysis.

    I implied that several factors might have been a reason for heart failure but …

    1 That I m saddened to read it so soon covered this way.
    2 I doubt the medical reasons given by some.

    Dont take a pill, relax and go for a walk, please.

    Cheers, Mark

  31. 31
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @Tracy, I guess I did lack a detail… first I’ve ever heard of Gary Moore’s heart failing to a hang over. According to Roger Glover it was of the natural cause variety and he was a healthy man, but there may be conflicting news, I just haven’t read it.

    Priest, sorry about that, all apologies… but study a tech safety tutorial so you can keep from being phished at your email account, so that I can then not be spammed by whoever your malicious hacker is. Among other things, focus is all it takes, it’s your internet safety after all and it’s affecting your email contacts. Second time I’ve mentioned this but they haven’t shown the other post yet. Cheers and good day, Mark. N

  32. 32
    AndreA says:


    “…A. retrieved her analysis.”.

    Please “his” not “her”

    thanx a lot..ahaha

  33. 33
    Luc Brandoit says:

    Good Bye Gary…
    He’s one off my favorite heroes. Ronnie james Dio, Cozy powell, Tommy Bolin,… Gary Moore: it’s the end of thinking all musicians we love are immortal, so take the moment now with pleasure with all big musicians who stay for long time ! Appréciate what they do and continue to supporte them ! We ‘ve had the chance to live a time with so good musicians, don’t know if our children will have a so rich musical avenue like us !


  34. 34
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey Andrea

    Not my fault.

    I already thought you were a male years ago but someone (….)convinced me otherwise.


  35. 35
    zenil says:

    I cant´t believe it! I didn´t know he passed away until I opened this site just now, incredible! I saw him performing in Spain in the eighties with my Heavy Rock Magazine friends, and interviewed him, in times in which in my country (México) Rock was almost forbidden by law. He was a very tall man, and when we shook hands mine seemed to go to the deepest corner of his ´cause he had enormous hands. I felt as he had wrapped my hand with his. I have all his records and I´m a fan of his. Yeah, he had a lot of connections with Deep Purple, and my favorite ones are the ones in which Paice is on the drums. I agree with the comment that he and Blackmore are the best English guitar heroes. Gary, I´ll miss you a lot too.

  36. 36
    AndreA says:

    English? he was born in Belfast..what a blasphemy!!!

  37. 37
    Grae Davison says:

    Ronnie, glen, Gary! Nothing will take away the sounds of my life. Catch up.

  38. 38
    Bela Drake says:

    I see most of you all say what I would say. It’s funny
    most of our favorites are all the same and all played
    with other members of other great rock bands! maybe
    that’s why they are so great! and the music today
    sucks! RIP to Gary Moore, Phil Lynott, Cozy Powell
    [the best drummer ever], Phil Kennemore of Y&T! &
    the greatest vocalist of rock Ronnie James Dio! who
    I have loved and listen to since Elf which I saw at
    age 14! opened for ? I forget that’s what an impact
    he had on me! thanx to my older brother who brought me!
    I’m trying to see every band I love that’s still around!
    Rock will be dead in 10 years! enjoy now!

  39. 39
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    You used the term Hangover first. Yes I know it was in response to Priest’s response to AndreA whom stated a possible Alcohol related issue which are not uncommon by any means. Please re-read mine and their entries. You will see my point. Not saying that was his issue at all. Just stating that it is a common way to go. Either way he is gone. That is what sucks. If it was over something as trivial as abusing Alcohol or Drugs, then that would be a disgrace and unforgivable as far as I’m concerned. Though his music will live on.

    Aside from all this BS, I truly am still effected by his loss. As a long time fan, I now see what it will be like when Purple calls it quits. Nothing’s the same without him….


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