Rush's Alex Lifeson Tributes Gary Moore

(Gibson) In the early 1980s, two of hard rock's heavyweight acts joined forces for an epic tour. Rush was on the road promoting Signals, their follow-up to the immensely popular Moving Pictures. Gary Moore was on tour supporting his hard and heavy Corridors of Power album. For fans of monster guitar play, there wasn't a better ticket to be found anywhere.

With Moore's recent and sudden passing, we asked Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to share some of his memories of the talented guitarist. "Well, we were connected in a number of ways historically," recalled Lifeson, "'cause we worked a lot with Thin Lizzy in the early days, too. But Gary had already left the band at that time, for the first time, but we were well aware of Gary's playing and his influence on the scene, particularly in Britain at the time. And in the early '80s, he came on tour with us. And I think… I want to say we probably did two runs together. And my recollection of him is that he was a very sweet, gentle guy – quick to smile and really a lot of fun to be with, but so absolutely passionate about the instrument and about playing.

"And it's really sad to see somebody like him go at a young age – it really is a young age. You know, he was the type of guy that [you thought] would be around forever and ever, playing like Les Paul, for example. You would always be able to go see Gary play in some little club or something, you know, in downtown New York or London, Soho… Ronnie [Scott's] or something like that. It's really a shame."

Read Gibson.com's complete interview with Lifeson here

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