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Gary Moore dies: Former Thin Lizzy guitarist was 58

Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 10:10 PM

Bandmates said rock guitarist Gary Moore, a former member of the influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, has died. He was 58.

Manager Adam Parsons told the BBC that Mr. Moore was found dead Feb. 6 in a hotel on Spain's Costa del Sol, where he was vacationing. The cause of death was not known.

Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey said Mr. Moore's death was a "total shock," and guitarist Scott Gorham said he was "a great player and a great guy."

Born in Belfast in 1952, Mr. Moore was a member of Dublin band Skid Row before joining Thin Lizzy in 1973, playing on tracks for the "Nightlife" album. He left after four months but rejoined four years later and played on the band's "Black Rose" album before going solo again.

He had a successful solo career, and his accomplished, bluesy playing won plaudits from critics and other musicians. His 1987 record "Wild Frontier" was called "one of the best hard-rock albums of the year" in The Washington Post.

Thin Lizzy had global hits in the 1970s with songs such as "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Whiskey in the Jar." Frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986. The band continues to tour with a different lineup.

- Associated Press

Staff writer Emma Brown contributed to this report.

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