Gary Moore's father shares memories

Published Wednesday, 04 April 2012
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Bobby Moore, the father of late Belfast rock legend Gary Moore, has spoken out for the first time since his son's death.

Gary Moore's father shares memories
Bobby Moore spoke to UTV on Wednesday evening. (© UTV)

He was attending the launch of an exhibition of memorabilia belonging to the Thin Lizzy star at the Oh Yeah Centre on Wednesday night.

"It's nice to see him remembered the way he should be," Mr Moore told UTV. "He should be remembered forever."

Gary Moore was a teenage prodigy whose genius on the guitar won him international acclaim.

The world will remember Gary Moore as a musician, except the people who met him - they will remember him as a person.

Bobby Moore

He died suddenly in 2011 but now - on what would have been his 60th birthday - Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre honoured him as a local legend.

His father continued: "He was the best guitarist in the world. Anybody who knows a bit about music will agree with that, and he was really good as a person.

"We were very proud of him, the family all thought the world of him."

The family has now donated some of his personal items to the centre.

These include a Les Paul guitar, his famous barbed wire suit and a brick of the Maritime Hotel where he had played as a young man.

Gary Moore was a musician who crossed back and forth from rock and blues, from solo gigging to bands, and performed with the likes of George Harrison and BB King.

He left his home in East Bread Street when he was just 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a musician, now four decades on his legacy endures in the city where he first fell in love with music.

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John Marzich in u.s.a. wrote (13 days ago):
What can you say about Gary. It's all been said the very best most versatile guitar player that ever walked. He wore his personality on that guitar and pushed the limits like no one else night after night at the stake of his health in the end. But that is what we loved about him pouring his heart and sole like no one else ever did on the stage. That guitar was like another part of his body. No one was more dedicated than gary for the love of an instrument. Probably will never hear anyone close to his abilities for many years to come if ever. Most guitar players you hear a song and know instantly who it is. But Gary mastered so many styles it was uncanny and personally never heard him hit a wrong note. His sound checks were like full on concerts in themselves. Rest my friend you deserve it with what you gave the world. Never be forgotten if you ever saw him play. Thank you and RIP.
heather price in manchester,uk wrote (647 days ago):
i have followed gary moore's music for many years,he was,and still is my idol.i still cry over him,i miss him so very much,he and his music have got me through so many hard times,and through so many good times too.when i found out gary had passed away,i was listening to the live version of empty rooms,i broke down,and cried,gary will be greatly missed by so many,sleep well Gary,you will never be forgotten.keep playing that guitar where ever you are.maybe i'll see you someday,i never got to see you live,which i regret,but i never thought you'd pass away so young,RIP Gary.thoughts are with his family.
thomas in sweden wrote (685 days ago):
Gary Moore WAS in fact the best guitarist in the world. His death chocked many people, and we still are in chock. This Northern Irish genius could play anything, blues jazz hard rock fusion, you name it. I saw Gary many times here in Stockholm, also with Bruce and Baker in the set of BBM 1994. Completely blew my mind! Its sad that Gary is gone, but now the heavens have another person who can join the jamming up there! RIP Gary
paulo don in campinas sp brazil wrote (898 days ago):
gary moore is inspiration for any guitar enthusiast, from a simple listener to a demanding musician, I personally, I am inspired by the feel and tone, unmistakable this excellent guitarist ...
Wilson Alexandre in Brazil wrote (928 days ago):
Gary Moore was the number one guitarrist of the world for the last 40 years. The musical and personal legacy that he left to the world will always be the great inspiration for the others young musicians in the world. Unfortunately brazilians fans never saw him playing alive on stage here in my country, but his Music and Videos will never be forgotten!. Too many brazilian fans was in state of shock when Gary Moore passed away. Strangely on 05 february 2011 I was cleaning up all my Moore's vinyl records and a strange feeling was inside my heart. I also watched some brand new Moore's videos on Web, and something inside me said me too bad feeling that day. I took all Gary Moore's albums, Cds, DVDs to clean up and I placed it back on the shelf. Next day,I was shocked by the news on brazilian TV about that tragic and unexpected happening. I called to my childhood friend Mr.Marcos and told him about it. Both us, no stopping crying that day because Gary Moore was our great musical heroe. Believe it!, unfortunately the world has lost a great musician. All brazilian fans still loving Gary Moore's musics ever. We always will respect him as the greatest musician of the world he was. God bless him and family ever.
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