We are shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of Great Bluesman Gary Moore — of Thin Lizzy fame — in Spain yesterday.  He was 58.  He cause of his death is as yet unknown.

Rolling Stone reports on the death:

Gary Moore, who played guitar for Thin Lizzy during three separate stints and also had a successful career as solo artist, died early Sunday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain. The cause of death has yet to be determined. “I am in total shock,” said Lizzy drummer Brian Downey in a statement. “I have known Gary since 1967 when he was in Platform Three and he’s been an amazing friend ever since. It was a pleasure to play with Gary again in 2006 after his days with Lizzy. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I just can’t believe he is gone.”

Here are some of our favorite performances from Gary.  His rendition of Hendrix’s Red House is as stunning as it is salutary:

Here is Gary’s original composition, “Still Got the Blues” —

This is a great collaboration on “The Thrill is Gone” with B.B. King:

We will miss Gary’s gifted guitar playing and his magnificent talent.  Our aching hearts send all our best thoughts and good wishes to Gary Moore’s family.


  1. David,

    Thanks for the touching eulogy for this great musician. It’s always unfortunate when someone dies young — who can tell what more they may have had to offer?

    1. It was a sad day learning of Gary’s death. He was always so alive on stage and in his musical interpretation. It seems his heart killed him:

      Gary Moore is likely to have died of a heart attack, it has been revealed.

      The Belfast-born musician passed away in the early hours of Sunday (February 6) after arriving in the Costa Del Sol for a holiday.

      Now, initial post-mortem reports have indicated the likely cause of death is a heart attack. Although toxicology tests on body fluids have still be completed, Spanish police say they are not treating the death as suspicious, reports BBC News.

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