We Want Moore...and we get it...
One of our great rock guitarists, Gary Moore, has been jobbing and sessioning
since the seventies, first with Skid Row and then with Thin Lizzy and Colosseum. His solo career in the nineties
saw him trawling a blues songbook, there was a brief experimentation with dance beats, then a return to power trio with
the latest offering 'Scars'.
What all this reveals is a very versatile performer willing to take risks. This DVD performance from the Monsters of
Rock bash this summer plays safe, though, by including a fair cross-section of Moore's styles over the years. It should have
wide appeal and strike a heavy chord amongst his faithful following.
Highlights include a pretty ferocious version of Free's 'Wishing Well' and a slowed-up
then normal speed reading of 'Don't Believe A Word' (with Moore effortlessly playing the twin lead part), whilst the recent material like 'Rectify' and 'Stand Up' sounds like Cream meets death metal. Moore is aided by Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansi)
and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) who give this a funky metal sheen. The expected finale of 'Parisienne Walkways' is yet again entered for the "longest sustain known to man"
competition. No contest, really. Bonus features include a soundcheck segment and an excellent pre-gig interview.
This is a well-staged and filmed set and there's some truly marvellous gurning. No doubt a lot of air guitar, too, will
be played in unison with this DVD.
Review by David Randall
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