Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore has passed away at the age of 58, reports BBC News.
A message on Moore’s official website states: “It is with deep sorrow and regret that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night.”
Moore kick-started his music career when he joined Irish rock act Skid Row (not to be confused with the American metal band of the same name) at age 16 in 1969.
In the 1970s, Moore joined Thin Lizzy after former guitarist Eric Bell departed.
Bell told the BBC that he was still “in shock” regarding Moore’s death. “I still can’t believe it,” he said. “He was so robust, he wasn’t a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy.”
Moore played on Thin Lizzy’s album ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend’ in 1979, but later left the band during a summer tour that same year.
The Irish singer/guitarist began releasing solo albums in 1973, starting with ‘Grinding Stone,’ his debut album released under the moniker “Gary Moore Band.” Moore’s last studio album, ‘Bad For You Baby,’ was released in 2008.
Gary Moore’s playing can also be found on solo material by Emerson, Lake & Palmer bassist Greg Lake, and supergroup BBM (which features former Cream members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker).
Throughout his life, Moore collaborated with many artists including George Harrison, Albert Collins, Jim Capaldi, The Beach Boys, and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.