GIG FOR GARY: Memorial for rock guitar hero who died in hotel room on Spain’s Costa del Sol

GARY MOORE: At the Classic Rock Roll of Honour, held at Park Lane Hotel in London in November 2008. Photo credit: Shutterstock

A FUNDRAISING ‘Gig for Gary’ has been announced to commemorate legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore who was found dead in a hotel room on Spain’s Costa del Sol in 2011 aged 58.

On Friday, April 12, a special memorial show at the Belfast Empire Music Hall will help fund a memorial statue of the former Thin Lizzy guitarist by Irish sculptor Sean MacCarthy in the rocker’s home town of Belfast.

Performing on the bill will be original Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell and his band; the Patricia Moore Band, featuring bassist to the stars Jerome Rimson; Sam Davidson’s Taste and Gerry Quigley & The Durty Blues Band.


Organisers have said: “We are playing this gig for Gary as if he is right there in the room with us, a showcase of favourite Gary Moore tunes, along with some rockin classic blues which inspired Gary plus a great selection of blues/rock/prog originals!

“We hope you will agree this show is for THE MOST worthy cause ever possible in Belfast and on the planet!

“One great night, four great bands!

They add: “Madness is possible, and a few surprises thrown in!

“You just never know what to expect…”

Most famous for his 1979 hit Parisienne Walkways, Moore began his career in the music business aged just 16 when he moved to Dublin in 1969. In 1973, he joined Thin Lizzy to replace Eric Bell, another guitarist from Northern Ireland, but only played with them for four months.

Four years later he rejoined the band and played on their famous Black Rose album.

Tickets £15 available from Ticketmaster – see


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