Back in 1990 someone mentioned to me that I ought to hear Gary Moore's "Still Got the Blues for You." I had never heard of Gary, but I kept my car radio tuned to the local hard rock station hoping to hear the song. One day riding on Highway 98 in Florida, I happened to hear the tune. How sweet it was! It was rare to hear some pure blues (though some may disagree) floating through the airwaves.
The Still Got the Blues tour in 1990 is captured on this DVD of Gary and the Midnight Blues Band (Don Airey-keys, Frank Mead-alto/harmonica, Nick Pentelow-tenor, Nick Payne-bari, Martin Drover-trumpet, Andy Pyle-bass and Graham Walker-drums) live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Gary and the band cover a great mix of blues classics by such legends as: Albert King, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Peter Green, Roy Buchanan and special guest Albert Collins who sits in on four songs: "Too Tired," "Cold Cold Feeling," "Further on Up the Road," and "The Blues Is Alright." A special treat is "Cold, Cold Feeling," the duet with Albert Collins. I don't know what it is but Albert's eyes almost look like they're tearing up as he sings of "ice around my heart." A very moving performance by Collins.
Gary plays the Heritage Gary Moore Model, and a 1959 Les Paul on most numbers. I don't know if it was the Peter Green Les Paul he used on "Midnight Blues" but his tone kills. It was very reminiscent of B.B. King's "Live at the Regal."
Anyone who questions Moore's blues credentials just has to watch this performance to be convinced of Gary's right to be up there with the elite of blues guitar. Search this newsgroup bit.listserv.blues-l/ under Gary's name and you'll see the "blues police" at work. I used to subscribe to this list and there was always bickering about who was blues and who wasn't. Gary's name often came up. As far as I'm concerned, music is about communication. Is the musician telling me something, bringing it to the audience, stepping outside himself/herself, able to transport the listener? Gary meets all these criteria. He is truly inspirational.