Guitar virtuoso Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) has posted the following message regarding the passing of former THIN LIZZY guitarist, noted session player, and blues rock icon Gary Moore:

"I'm deeply saddened about the tragic death of one of my all-time heroes, Gary Moore.

"Gary had a tremendous impact and influence on my playing. He's someone I've been listening to since the early '80s, and still listen to on a regular basis to this day. To me, he combined all of the elements that make hard rock guitar great — killer technique, great emotionally drenched melodic playing, and a massive tone in his hands.

"I remember hearing 'White Knuckles' on a metal radio show almost 30 years ago and being blown away.

"I love both his power blues-era material as well as his '80s-period hard rock and metal stuff.

"I learned every solo on 'Corridors Of Power', 'Victims Of The Future', and 'We Want Moore', as well as many other solos from a bunch of his other recordings.

"I will have some type of Gary Moore tribute style track on my upcoming solo record.

"A more recent example of Gary's influence on my playing would be the track 'The Beacon' on 'Virtuostic Vendetta'.

"It is just a tremendous loss for the music and guitar community."

Three-camera video footage of Joe Stump shredding the axe at a guitar showcase at Sam Ash in Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2010 can be viewed below.


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