Live at Monsters of Rock is a live album Northern Irish blues guitarist and singer Gary Moore. It was recorded live on May 21, 2003 at Sheffield Hallam Arena in England, during Gary Moore's appearances on the 2003 Monsters of Rock tour.
his live album, recorded circa 1980 at London's Marquee Club, is a mixed bag, featuring material from Gary Moore's 1979 solo album Back on the Streets and his band project G Force…
Gary Moore remains one of my all-time favorite lead guitarists. When I first heard his work in the mid-1980s, his style was completely unlike all the other shredders that were dominating metal and hard rock at the time. With Moore it was never a matter of cramming in as many notes and flashy tricks into his solos. He injected them with simple Irish soul. Along with such expressiveness, though, was a commanding presence while he did so. He played with force and clarity, those full Les Paul notes resonating. Add the fact that he wrote and recorded so much great material over the years with Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Colosseum II, and most significantly as a solo artist, first in rock and then the blues, and you’ve got a singer/songwriter/guitarist who truly deserves the “legend” tag.
This live album, recorded circa 1980 at London's Marquee Club, is a mixed bag, featuring material from Gary Moore's 1979 solo album "Back on the Streets" and his band project G-Force. Most impressive, perhaps, is the incredible musicianship in this performance from Moore and drummer Tommy Aldridge. Besides rocking out with "Back on the Streets" and "Run to Your Mama," the band locks into a great groove on "She's Got You." But they reach an absolute peak with a beautiful rendition of Moore's first U.K. hit, the instrumental ballad "Parisienne Walkways," a melody so lovely that Moore plagiarized himself 12 years later, tweaking it only slightly to create his hit "Still Got the Blues."
Although not billed that way, this live DVD finds guitarist/band leader Moore backed by his Scars group of Cass Lewis on bass, and drummer Darrin Mooney. Recorded without overdubs or additional sweetening at a single Monsters of Rock gig in Sheffield, England on May 21, 2003, this is the video equivalent to the previously released audio CD. As such, if you have a choice, it's preferable, since the audio is mixed into startling 5.1 surround sound, which provides an even more explosive and live feel to an already intense, and very loud show. The camera work, which eschews the MTV style of quick cutting, is very good. It captures the performance from a variety of angles, focusing on Moore's guitar and generally making the watcher feel like they are on-stage with the band….
Power guitarist Gary Moore's Live at Monsters of Rock is a dream come true for every guitar freak out there. Teamed with his trio of Cass Lewis and Darrin Mooney, Moore turns it up to 14 and powers his way through razored, crunching covers of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things" and Free's "Wishing Well" before delving into his own rather voluminous catalog…..