That the power and talent of Gary Moore is still largely unrecognized in the U.S. is mysterious and unfortunate.
To show his displeasure at the lack of American success, Moore only played two shows stateside: this and May 26 in New York. Charisma, the Virgin offshoot that’s Moore’s Yankee home, should feel pressure to bring him back to these shores for a proper tour after witnessing this most triumphant show.
Moore has shifted musical gears and playing styles since signing with Charisma. The former Thin Lizzy member has dropped hard rock for a much more pleasing blues-ensemble approach.
Supplemented by a four-piece horn section and a pair of backup singers, Moore’s Midnight Blues Band delivered tight, smokin’ versions of songs from his “After Hours” release.
The guitarist’s sense of dynamics was most impressive on this night, conveying yearning in “Separate Ways,” ripping-up his ’59 Les Paul in “Story Of The Blues” and showing pop-smarts in the bouncy “Since I Met You.”
Texas blues legend and label-mate Albert Collins joined Moore on a half-dozen numbers, most notably the classic “Further On Up the Road,” where Gary and the “Master of the Statocaster” engaged in a guitar dual of such epic proportions, the graves of the great blues masters that these two draw inspiration from were certainly shaking.