Gary Moore's Live From London: raw, varied, incendiary

Recorded at London's Islington Academy in 2009, Gary Moore: Live from London finds the guitarist back in blue and at his peak

Gary Moore: Live from London
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After Gary Moore’s death in 2011, Eric Clapton played Still Got The Blues in concert as a tribute, indicating the high regard in which the former Thin Lizzy guitarist was held by his peers. 

And yet, in his biography of Moore, I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Harry Shapiro raises the regrettably valid point that while Moore is revered by fans and musicians, he’s woefully under-appreciated in the wider sphere of popular music.

Live From London is a welcome reminder of Moore’s talent. Of all the styles he tried on for size, the blues was a natural fit, and this 2009 show finds him deeply immersed in the genre. 

Leading a crack band through a raw, varied set, Moore’s guitar work is incendiary on Oh Pretty Woman, emotive on Still Got The Blues and jaw-dropping on John Mayall’s Have You Heard

This album is the sound of a musician at his peak.

Rich Davenport

Rich Davenport is a music journalist, stand-up comedian and musician, and has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock since 2016