VINNIE MOORE Talks Influences, Upcoming Solo Album recently conducted an interview with UFO guitar shredder Vinnie Moore. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Legend has it that you recorded all 60 minutes of your original "Hot Licks" instructional video in just one hour. Is there any shred of truth to this rumor?

Vinnie Moore: Yes, this is absolutely true… it wasn't by choice though. It was all the time that was left that day because another artist went over his designated time. I had a train to catch, so I had to just run through it. I was pretty well-rehearsed actually, which really helped. There was one edit in the entire video, because I messed something up at like 50 minutes into it and had to pick it up from there. So basically the whole video was just two pieces! How is progress coming along on your next instrumental album?

Vinnie Moore: I'm close to being finished. Van Romaine (of the STEVE MORSE BAND) played drums and John "J.D." DeServio (of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) was on bass. All guitars are almost finished. I just need to do some keyboards and then mix it. But there's no title yet. Early on in your career you were sometimes labeled an "Yngwie clone" by misinformed critics. All of that nonsense aside, was Malmsteen or any other neo-classical guitarists an influence on you at the time?

Vinnie Moore: I always thought he was great at what he did. Lots of passion in his playing. When I first heard him I could tell that we had a lot of the same influences. I was into Blackmore but there weren't really any neo-classical guitarists at the time. I think the genre sort of formed by players being inspired by guys like Blackmore, Al DiMeola, Uli Roth and classical composers. In your mind, what's one of the greatest highlights of your solo career? Which album are you most proud of?

Vinnie Moore: I honestly can't think of one particular thing… There are many things great that have happened! I am really fortunate to be able to do what I love. I like all of my records for different reasons and I hate them all for different reasons, too! [Laughs]

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(Thanks: Fullshred)


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