Simon McBride Says Gary Moore Was The Master Of Gearing A Solo


In a recent interview with Guitar World, the blues-rocker Simon McBride talked about Gary Moore’s excellent guitar skills while mentioning that he was an inspiration for him in his new album.

Gary Moore played in many bands like Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and BBM throughout his career. After playing with Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, his solo career started in the ’70s. ‘Parisienne Walkways,’ released in 1978, gave him a significant achievement by placing number 8 in UK Single Charts in 1979.

In his most successful album named ‘Still Got The Blues,’ which came out in 1990, Moore adopted an electric blues style in his music. This album sold out more than three million copies internationally. The record’s title track became his only single reached number 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.

In his music mixing blues, jazz, hard rock, and heavy metal, Gary Moore was called a guitar virtuoso who influenced many guitarists who came after him. As many of his fans would approve, Moore was among the greatest guitarists in Total Guitar and Louder lists. He influenced many next-generation musicians, and Simon McBride is one of them.

McBride mentioned his admiration for Moore, saying that he had a significant influence on him. The musician stated that he wanted to play like Moore when he first watched him live in Belfast when he was a kid. According to him, everybody interested in guitar should be inspired by Moore, thanks to his craftsmanship in creating solos.

As McBride mentioned, Moore was so good at arranging his solos to gradually get the effect to the cross that he called him the greatest of this skill. The rocker has also tried to apply this technique in his solos, as in ‘Let Me Go,’ to achieve his dream of sounding like Gary Moore. Moreover, the guitarist admitted to trying to sound like Moore‘s lead solos in his every song.

Simon McBride explained in his words:

“Gary is a massive influence on me, like many others. I first saw him play live when I was a kid. My dad took me to King’s Hall in Belfast, which had four or five thousand people and big lights on a big stage. Seeing that show made me realize I had to do this with my life. That’s what got me started off.

When it comes to writing leads, everybody should go and listen to what he did. He was the master of gearing a solo, getting the build just right. He starts and gets more and more intense until you feel as if you can’t take it anymore, and then you’re out of it. He was the king of that. The solo for ‘Let Me Go’ had that kind of vibe, though, to some extent, I try to do that with every solo I play.

When you’re writing solos, you really only need to think about one thing, and that’s the song. That’s what it’s all about. Does it suit the song, or are you shredding for the sake of shredding? I’ve gotten more ruthless in my older age. I ask myself if those massive runs are needed. For Let Me Go, I wanted it to build like a classic Gary Moore lead with a fast run at the end. You can always get your wind machine out when you play that way!”

Consequently, Simon McBride is one of the guitarists influenced by Gary Moore’s guitar skills, especially in creating solos. As McBride said, Gary Moore is almost a teacher to the musicians who want to play guitar. He stated that Moore inspired him not only to begin to make music but also to create his solos now.