It was a sad day in February when I heard on the radio that blues guitarist Gary Moore passed away. I discovered his talent only in recent years and regret that I never got to see him perform live. Moore was one of the moust soulful blues rock players ever his passing was a tremendous loss to the world of music.
Fortunately, there's a newly issued live DVD and CD available commemorating Moore's performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival last year. The DVD is issued by Eagle Rock and shows off the full range of Moore's talents. There are three new rock songs making this one of the edgier performances I've seen. Moore shreds with a force that's reminiscent of his early career in Thin Lizzy. But there's enough of Moore's classic soaring blues to satisfy longtime fans. And there are several explosive celtic-rock songs including "Over the Hills and Far Away" and "Blood of Emeralds" that show what a great performer Moore was.
Needless to say, the band is smoking hot. Neil Carter, formerly of UFO, plays keyboards and occasional rhythm guitar to add tremendous power to the songs. His backing vocals also provide great energy. Jon Noyce formerly of Jethro Tull on bass and Darrin Mooney of Primal Screams on drums make this a truly powerful band.
Here's a video excerpt of a slow burning blues number "Where Are You Now?"
As a bonus for Gary Moore fans, the DVD includes a never-before released four song set from Moore's 1997 Montreux appearance including the hits "Oh Pretty Woman," "Still Got the Blues" and "Walking by Myself."
This is great music. For any Gary Moore fan or for anyone who's looking for an introduction to this blues master. I can only hope that there will be more reissues from Moore's past performances at Montreux.