CD Review: Gary Moore - Live At Bush Hall 2007

A killer live performance from the late guitarist.
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In 2007, Gary Moore played an intimate gig at London's Bush Hall before 400 lucky fans. Tickets were not sold for the event. The only way to get in was to win one a ticket from Planet Rock Radio, which broadcasted the show live. The scorching set has never been made available in its entirety since its initial broadcast, a travesty rectified by the release of Gary Moore -- Live At Bush Hall 2007.

The show opens with the Moore original, "If The Devil Made Whiskey," one of several cuts performed from his then new album, Close As You Get. Moore's vocal on the track is fierce, matching the song's slow, gritty grind. His slide playing is equally fierce and he wrings every possible note out of his instrument in this strong opener. It's easy to forget just how good Moore was, but this live show is a potent reminder of his six string prowess.

A sizzling cover of Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days" follows. Moore stays close to the spirit of the original while adding lightning fast leads that would make Les Paul proud. In this way, he manages to keep an old song sounding fresh and relevant. His cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight To The Blind" is equally strong -- both vocally and musically. Moore is clearly in his element, offering distorted, yet bluesy, leads that fuse rock and blues together perfectly.

Moore slows down the tempo with his original "I Had A Dream." His playing on the slow blues number is absolutely heart wrenching and his tone, here and throughout the show is killer. The crowd saves their biggest response for his signature song, "Still Got The Blues." Moore doesn't disappoint, giving a strong vocal and performance on the track. The show closes with Son House's "Sundown." Moore plays the song solo, accompanying himself on dobro, while delivering some fine slide work. The track is a stark, yet strong way to close out the performance.

The music world lost one of the truly great guitarists when Moore passed away in 2011. Gary Moore -- Live At Bush Hall 2007 is a powerful reminder of this incredible musician's talent.