Whenever the “pantheon” of guitar greats in the Rock world
was discussed, I’ve often felt that Belfast-born Gary Moore
(1952-2011) has been unjustly marginalized. My point was
eloquently illustrated when I watched “Gary Moore and the
Midnight Blues Band: Live at Montreux 1990,” a two-hour
and 15-minute DVD from the “Live at Montreux” series,
released by Eagle Eye Media.
Before a packed Stravinsky Auditorium crowd, Moore
focused on Blues, playing songs such as “Oh Pretty Woman,”
“Don’t Love Me,” “Too Tired,” and “Still Got the Blues.”
His playing was impassioned and sincere, and he was
joined on some of the songs by the great guitarist,
Albert Collins (1932-1993). Although the focus here was
on Moore, he’s assembled a fine band that consisted of
bass, drums, organ, and four horn players (on trumpet, alto,
tenor and baritone saxophone), one of whom doubled
A 27-minute bonus feature included footage of Moore
and his band (sans horns) at the 1997 Montreux Festival.
He did not play Blues songs during this set, that consisted
of “Out in the Fields,” “Over the Hills” and “Parisienne
Walkways.” Here, the sound was in mono and not as good
as that of the 1990 concert. Nevertheless, I’m glad that
it was included, because it broadened the picture
of Moore’s artistry.
He will be sadly missed. R.I.P.