Gary Moore was a legendary guitarist who played in various genres of music, from blues to heavy metal. He was known for his virtuosity, passion, and signature sound. He influenced many other guitarists and left a legacy of great songs and albums. Here are some details about his life and career.
Early life and career
Gary Moore was born on 4 April 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He grew up in a musical family and started playing guitar at 10. He was inspired by Peter Green and Eric Clapton, among others. Moore formed his first band, The Beat Boys, when he was 14 and joined other groups such as Skid Row, Platform Three, and The Method.
He moved to Dublin in 1969 to join Skid Row, which featured his friend and future collaborator Phil Lynott. Moore recorded two albums with Skid Row before leaving in 1971. He then joined Thin Lizzy, another band led by Lynott, and played on their albums Nightlife (1974) and Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)1. He also had a brief stint with the jazz-rock band Colosseum II in the mid-1970s.
Solo success and blues revival
Moore started his solo career in 1973 with the album Grinding Stone. He experimented with different styles of music, from hard rock to heavy metal, and achieved moderate success with albums such as Back on the Streets (1978), Corridors of Power (1982), and Victims of the Future (1983). He also collaborated with artists such as Greg Lake, Cozy Powell, and Albert King.
In 1990, Moore returned to his blues roots with Still Got the Blues, his most successful album ever. It featured guest appearances by Albert Collins, Albert King, and George Harrison. The album sold over two million copies worldwide, spawning the hit singles “Still Got the Blues” and “Oh Pretty Woman.” Moore continued to play blues rock for the rest of his career, releasing albums such as After Hours (1992), Blues for Greeny (1995), and Bad for You Baby (2008).
Personal life and death
Moore was married twice and had four children. His first wife was Mary Elizabeth Knoernschild deChant, whom he married in 1974 and divorced in 1985. They had two sons, Jack and Gus. His second wife was Kerry Boothman, whom he married in 1987 and divorced in 2004. They had a son, Saul, and a daughter, Lily.
Moore died on 6 February 2011 at 58 from a heart attack while on holiday in Estepona, Spain. He was found dead in his hotel room by his girlfriend, Petra Nioduschewski. Many fans and fellow musicians around the world mourned his death. Bob Geldof called him “one of the great Irish bluesmen,” and Brian May said he was “a truly great musician.”
Net worth, height, and income
According to various sources, Gary Moore Net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be between $10 million and $15 million. This was based on his earnings from his record sales, tours, royalties, and endorsements. He also owned several properties in England and Ireland.
Moore was reportedly 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm). His weight was private.
Moore’s income varied depending on his musical activities. According to one source, he earned $2 million in 1990 from his album Still Got the Blues alone[9. Another source claimed he made $500,000 annually from his royalties[10. However, these figures are not verified or adjusted for inflation.
Moore was not married at the time of his death. He was dating Petra Nioduschewski, a German model who was 25 years younger than him[2. They had been together since 2008[2. Before that, he had been in a relationship with Jo Rendle, a British journalist, for four years[2. He had also dated other women, such as Tina Turner, Sandi Easton, and Patricia Morrison[2.
Moore was a left-handed guitarist who played right-handed[1. He was known for using Peter Green’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar, which he bought from Green in 1970 and used until 2006[1. Moore later sold it to a collector for $2 million and donated it to charity[1. He also had other guitars, such as Fender Stratocasters, Gibson SGs, and Ibanez models[1.
Moore was a fan of football and supported Manchester United[11. Moore also liked golf and fishing[11. He was a vegetarian and a non-smoker[11. He had a Celtic cross tattoo on his right arm[11.
Moore was honored by several awards and tributes during his life and after his death. He received the Gibson Les Paul Award in 1994, the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection in 2004, and the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Award for Classic Album in 2010[1. He was also inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Belfast Music Wall of Fame in 2011[1. Several artists have covered him or dedicated songs to him, such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Metallica, and U2[1.
Gary Moore was one of the most influential and versatile guitarists ever. He played with passion and skill in various genres of music, from blues to heavy metal. Moore left behind a legacy of great songs and albums that have inspired many other musicians. He was also generous and humble and loved his family and friends. He died too soon, but his music lives on.