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Gary Moore 4.IV.1952 – 6.II.2011

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ROCK GUITARIST GARY MOORE DIES

The renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died, the BBC has learned.


Mr. Moore, 58, was, originally from Belfast, and was a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy.

Adam Parsons, who manages Thin Lizzy, told the BBC that Mr. Moore had died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr. Moore was originally drafted into Thin Lizzy by its singer Phil Lynott. He later gained acclaim for his solo work and was a former member of the Irish group Skid Row.

The Northern Ireland guitarist was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969, to join Skid Row, which featured Lynott as lead vocalist.

He was later brought into Thin Lizzy by Lynott to replace the departing Eric Bell, another guitarist from Northern Ireland.

Mr. Bell told the BBC on Sunday he was still «in shock» at Mr. Moore’s death.

«I still can’t believe it,» he said.

«He was so robust, he wasn’t a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy.»

«He was a superb player and a dedicated musician.»


«I was down and out on Skid Row,
But I held on to my pride.
The darkest son of Ireland,
He was standin’ by my side.
We would sail the stormy seas.
Never looking back,
We were afraid of what we’d see.
Through the thunder and the rain,
The deepest blood of emeralds
Was running through our veins.»

«Blood Of Emeralds» © 1989 Gary Moore / Neil Carter.
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