Legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore has died. According to www.bbc.co.uk, the former Thin Lizzy and Skid Row axe-man passed away in a hotel room in Estepona, Spain in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was 58 years old. Tributes have already come in from Moore's former colleagues, with ex-Thin Lizzy Guitarist Eric Bell describing the musician as "a superb player and a dedicated musician." Niall Stokes, the editor of the Irish music magazine, Hot Press, called Moore as a "genius".
Gary Moore, known as much for his solo career as for his work in Thin Lizzy, remained an active musician up to the time of his death. He released his 20th solo studio album, Bad For You Baby in 2008, undertaking a supporting tour for that album in the same year. As well as his association with Thin Lizzy, Moore was known for playing with Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Greg Lake, as well as his short lived super group with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, BBM. His 1985 single Out In The Fields reached No. 5 in the UK charts, although it is probably Parisienne Walkways, his signature track, for which he will be best remembered.
Regarded amongst the guitar playing community for his rich, tonal playing and impressive single-note sustains, Moore's playing has influenced such other luminaries as Rhandy Rhoads, Adrian Smith, Kirk Hammett and Jake E Lee. Throughout his career, he was most commonly associated with with Gibson Les Paul guitars, the company releasing two signature models in the 90's and 00's that both bore his namesake. At this time, the cause of death remains unknown.