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Alex Lifeson remarks on the passing of guitarist Gary Moore

Fri, Feb 11, 2011@7:20AM | comments

UPDATE - 2/20@8:52AM: Gibson also posted this extra excerpt from their chat with Alex Lifeson where Alex remarks on remarks on Moore:

... in the early 80s, he came on tour with us. And I think... I want to say we probably did two runs together. And my recollection of him is that he was a very sweet, gentle guy quick to smile and really a lot of fun to be with, but so absolutely passionate about the instrument and about playing. "And it's really sad to see somebody like him go at a young age it really is a young age. You know, he was the type of guy that [you thought] would be around forever and ever, playing like Les Paul, for example. You would always be able to go see Gary play in some little club or something, you know, in downtown New York or London, Soho... Ronnie [Scott's] or something like that. It's really a shame."

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UPDATE - 2/11@10:06AM: RushFanForever also points out that Gary Moore is credited with introducing Rush to Peter Collins; the producer behind Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Counterparts and Test for Echo.

Guitar legend Gary Moore passed away from a heart attack while vacationing in Spain this past Sunday at the age of 58. Moore is best known for his work with Thin Lizzy but was also an accomplished blues rock solo artist. Rush had a lot of respect for Moore and had him as an opening act for several dates on the Grace Under Pressure tour. Alex Lifeson remembers the legendary guitarist in this Classic Rock Revisited article:

"I was very saddened to hear the news of Gary's death. We toured together in the 80s and I remember him as a soft spoken, gentle man with a quick smile. His influence as a guitarist is undeniable and his purity of playing and passion will live on in all of us who love the instrument he so cherished.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.