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[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ozzy Osbourne[/lastfm] and Roger Taylor of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm] expressed their sadness over the loss of guitarist Gary Moore earlier this week.
Ozzy exclusively told Classic Rock Magazine that he and Moore were great friends who always found a way to keep in touch over the years.
“I had the honor of recording with Gary on his After The War album on the track ‘Led Clones,’ which was great fun,” Ozzy said.
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“To say that his death is a tragic loss doesn’t seem to give it the justice it deserves. We’ve lost a phenomenal musician and a great friend. Rest In Peace, Gary.”
Taylor added that Moore’s skill on the guitar is something of a lost art these days, with pure shredders losing much of the attention they received in earlier decades. He believes Moore was one of the last of a dying breed.
“I think his music will live on,” Taylor said. Virtuosity is something we really don’t have now: there are lots of great bands, but the emphasis just isn’t on that anymore. In those days, it was all about how great you were; there were so many virtuosos and he was definitely one of them. He was a star player.”
Here’s some of that virtuosity on display as Moore’s guitar weeps throughout “Still Got the Blues”:
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