"Keyed Up" mixes jazz, rock and blues, and some instrumental passages allow some rightly deserved self-indulgence from Don; whether intricate playing or use of effects, it's all enjoyable.
The band on this record was Don Airey on keyboards, Darrin Mooney (PRIMAL SCREAM) on drums, Laurence Cottle on bass, Rob Harris (JAMIROQUAI) on guitar and Carl Sentance on vocals. Guest performers include the aforementioned Gary Moore, Graham Bonnet, Simon MacBride, Alex Meadows and Tim Goodyer.
Don said: "I loved having the responsibility of pulling together the sessions at Chapel Studios.
"The album was basically laid down live, no overdubs, no redoing; we don't do filesharing.
"There are wonderful musicians on this record. I call them 'the band that never was,' as it's a true pleasure to work together, but opportunities are so limited.
"Being in a band like DEEP PURPLE, especially with the success we've had [last] year, should be enough; but I need another outlet.
"Some of the music is straight-ahead rock, a tribute to where I've come from, but there's variety — 'Blue Rondo A La Turk' was the piece I played on my first radio performance aged 14. There are plenty of weird sounds too, most from the Hammond; a lot of it wasn’t planned, I just got carried away with the moment!"
" The suite is dedicated to Gary´s memory and obviously in “Lament”, the lyrics are about Gary and it´s something we used to play with Coliseum II. That whole thing is about Gary really. My little tribute to a very great musician".
"Keyed Up" track listing:
01. 3 In The Morning
02. Beat The Retreat
03. Blue Rondo A La Turk
04. Solomon’s Song
05. Claire D'Loon
06. Flight Of Inspiration
07. Inside The Godbox
08. Difficult To Cure 2013
9. Mini Suite *
b) Restless Spirit
c) What Went Wrong
10. Adagio *
* featuring Gary Moore
Don Airey - keyboards
Darrin Mooney - drums
Laurence Cottle - bass
Rob Harris - guitar
Carl Sentance - vocals
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast
Gary Moore was an exceptional guitarist, songwriter and performer. His solo records are internationally admired, likewise his work with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, The Traveling Wilburys, BB King and George Harrison.
Gary was born in Belfast on April 4, 1952. Sadly, he passed away on February 6, 2011. To mark what would have been his 60th birthday, the family of Gary Moore is helping with a unique exhibition of his personal effects. This will be launched at the Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast on April 4,
The exhibition includes:
Gary’s Black ‘quilted’ Gibson Les Paul guitar
A suit, shirt and shoes, specially commissioned by the tailor Gresham Blake for an Amnesty International event.
A series of gold albums, framed magazine covers, signed photos, tour passes, posters and flyers.
A brass plaque to mark a sold out Hammersmith Odeon
show, in 2001
A mounted brick from the Martime Hotel, Belfast, presented
by the Belfast Blues Society to Gary.
Plus many more effects. This is the first of a series of events that will mark the legendary achievements of Gary Moore.
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast www.ohyeahbelfast.com
Tel. 02890 4310845
April 4 to Dec 31, EXIBIT NOW EXTENDED!!
Weekdays: 9am to 5pm
Weekends: 1am to 5pm
Some follow up media stories:
BBC Newsline (starts at 22.25)
Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release on 24 September 2012 of the Gary Moore, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and double vinyl title “Blues For Jimi” [Cat Nos EAGCD491, EREDV950, ERBRD5164 and EAGLP493 respectively]. This release captures an unique concert featuring Gary Moore playing Jimi Hendrix tracks, including classics like: “Purple Haze”, “Foxey Lady”, “The Wind Cries Mary”, “Hey Joe”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and many more. Both Gary Moore and one of his guests Mitch Mitchell have since passed away, so the release of “Blues For Jimi” means that the magic of this night has been captured forever.
This unique concert was filmed at the London Hippodrome on 25 October 2007. It formed a part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix “Live At Monterey” programme and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix tracks. At the end of the night Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks. The full line-up for this show was Gary Moore (guitar, vocals); Dave Bronze (bass); Darrin Mooney (drums) with Billy Cox (bass on tracks 9-11, and also vocals on tracks 9 & 10) and Mitch Mitchell (drums on tracks 9-11)
1) Purple Haze 2) Manic Depression 3) Foxey Lady 4) The Wind Cries Mary 5) I Don’t Live Today 6) My Angel 7) Angel 8) Fire 9) Red House 10) Stone Free 11) Hey Joe 12) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.
September 19th, 2012: Japan
Ward Records - VQBD-10109 (DVD+CD) - Limited edition
Ward Records - VQBD-10110 (DVD)
Ward Records - VQXD-10038 (Blu-ray+CD) - Limited edition
Ward Records - VQXD-10039 (Blu-ray)
Ward Records - VQCD-10320 (CD)
September 24th, 2012: Europe
Eagle Rock - EAGCD491(CD)
Eagle Vision - EVOD187(DVD)
Eagle Vision - EVOB188(Blu-ray)
Eagle Records - EAGLP493 (Double Vinyl)
September 25th, 2012: USA
Eagle Vision - EV305709 (DVD)
Eagle Rock - ER202922 (CD)
Eagle Vision - EVB334299 (Blu-ray)
From his scorching playing with Skid Row and Thin Lizzy to his incendiary solo work, Gary Moore produced some of the most powerful guitar performances known to stage and studio from the mid ’70s right up until his untimely death in 2011. Throughout his career, Moore virtually defined high-octane blues-rock, coining a signature tone that thousands have sought to emulate. Across three decades of playing, his weapon of choice remained the mighty Les Paul. Now Gibson USA honors this certified guitar legend with the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard, a first-class Les Paul decked out to this demanding artist’s preferred specifications. Produced in association with Gary's estate, and based partly on Gary's own "tweaked" original signature Les Paul, and a number of prototype guitars. This model sees a number of upgrades, and many details are reminiscent of the famed “Peter Green Les Paul,”
From its highly flamed maple top with Lemonburst finish, to its traditional Les Paul Model headstock with signature truss-rod cover, to its mismatched amber and gold top-hat knobs, the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard offers uncompromising looks. Plug in and fire up its BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickups via Orange Drop tone caps, all anchored with a quality TonePros™ hardware, and it rips it up with a tone fit to carry the name, Gary Moore.
Body and Neck
The Gary Moore Les Paul Standard is rooted in Les Paul tradition, with a top carved from figured Grade-AA maple, and a back crafted from Grade-A mahogany. To better show of the luscious nitrocellulose Lemonburst finish, the body carries no binding or pickguard. It is strategically weight-relieved to render this a superbly comfortable guitar. The neck is made from quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany and carved to a rounded ’50s profile that measures 0.818” at the 1st fret and 0.963” at the 12th. It is topped with an unbound Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The two BurstBucker Pro pickups on the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard blend the best of Gibson’s hallowed PAF humbuckers with the versatility required by today’s high-gain rockers. These pickups are made with Alnico V magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire—with extra turns in the bridge pickup’s coils for a hotter lead sound—but are wax potted to withstand high volume levels without microphonic squeal. The neck pickup is reversed in its mounting, in recognition of a similar modification to Peter Green’s Les Paul. The guitar carries the traditional control layout, with Orange Drop tone capacitors, and mismatched amber and gold top hat knobs on the neck and bridge pickup controls respectively.
Hardware and Appointments
A TonePros™ Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece with locking mounting hardware partner with TonePros™ Kluson green-key tuners to comprise a first-class hardware set.
Cases and Extras
Wrap it up in a vintage-brown Gibson hardshell case with Gary Moore signature, owner’s manual, adjustment literature, and Gibson USA’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, and it’s a fitting tribute to the man himself.
Gary's prototype and "tweaked" original GM signature Les Paul model:
The inside story of the album that reignited British Blues, by the people who were there.
An exclusive article, featuring unseen photos, and never before published comments from various musicians, and those that were associated with Gary, on the making of the "Still got the Blues", album.
Also includes Eric Clapton's comment on his version of the title track, which appeared on his latest album.
Release date: 14 October, 2013
This Special Edition 3DVD set brings together three concerts by Gary Moore. There are two concerts from Montreux, filmed 20 years apart. In 1990 Gary delivers an outstanding blues performance whilst in 2010, the last filmed performance before his untimely death in 2011, he showcases his rock side including 3 brand new tracks.
Blues For Jimi is a unique concert from London's Hippodrome in 2007 that sees Gary pay homage to the great Jimi Hendrix and includes guest appearances by former Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox.
Gary Moore was one of the finest guitarists of all time and this set is the perfect demonstration of his multi-faceted talent.
Disc One Live At Montreux 1990
Disc Two Live At Montreux 2010
Disc Three Blues For Jimi
Universal Music issued an expanded/deluxe version of Gary Moore’s first solo album, Back On The Streets on 23 September 2013.
The album is remastered by Andy Pearce and features four B-sides / alternate versions as extra tracks. An updated booklet includes notes by Malcolm Dome, in addition to photos of memorabilia.
Back On The Streets was originally released in 1978 and is best known for the UK top 10 single Parisienne Walkways, which features Phil Lynott.
Back On The Streets track listing:
1. Back On The Streets
2. Don’t Believe A Word (with Phil Lynott vocal)
3. Fanatical Fascists
4. Flight Of The Snow Moose
6. Song For Donna
7. What Would You Rather Bee Or A Wasp
8. Parisienne Walkways (with Phil Lynott vocal)
9. Track Nine (Back On The Streets’ 7″ Single) B-Side
10. Spanish Guitar – Phil Lynott vocal 7″ Single
11. Spanish Guitar – Gary Moore vocal 7″ Single
12. Spanish Guitar – Instrumental 7″ Single B-Side
‘Keyed Up’, the new studio album from renowned keyboard maestro Don Airey has been released through Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group (17 February 2014). This is Don’s fourth studio set, and his third to be released through the label. The album features many of Don’s friends and peers and, sadly, represents one of the very last times that Gary Moore recorded a guitar part. He - a long time associate of Don - features on ‘Adagio’ and also on ‘Mini Suite’, which is dedicated to his memory.
Don has played with pretty much everyone worth playing with, and is currently working and touring with DEEP PURPLE. This new solo CD draws from a range of influences from his past. And while he has a solid band, there are a few notable guests appearing on the album, including one of the last pieces of work by the late Gary Moore.
Released: 25th November 2013
Universal Music # 5346002
5 cd box set containing the following CD albums:
Disc 1: Corridors Of Power
Disc 2: Victims Of The Future
Disc 3: Run For Cover
Disc 4: Wild Frontier
Disc 5: After The War
Cat. No.: SALVOSVX015
Playing Time: CD: 76m44s DVD: 106m
1990 saw Gary Moore’s first visit to the Montreux Jazz Festival, an event to which he became a regular visitor. It was part of the tour for his Still Got The Blues album and The Midnight Blues Band, with special guest Albert Collins, delivered a lesson in the art of blues-rock. Salvo have released that performance on DVD and CD (featuring 12 of the 16 tracks) in one package for the first time, complete with 8-page booklet.
1. All Your Love
2. Midnight Blues
3. You Don't Love Me
4. Texas Strut
5. Moving On
6. Too Tired (feat. Albert Collins)
7. Cold Cold Feeling (feat. Albert Collins)
8. Further On Up The Road (feat. Albert Collins)
9. King Of The Blues
10. Stop Messing Around
11. The Blues Is Alright (feat. Albert Collins)
12. The Messiah Will Come Again
1. Oh Pretty Woman
2. Walking By Myself
3. The Stumble
4. All Your Love
5. Midnight Blues
6. You Don't Love Me
7. Still Got The Blues
8. Texas Strut
9. Moving On
10. Too Tired (feat. Albert Collins)
11. Cold Cold Feeling (feat. Albert Collins)
12. Further On Up The Road (feat. Albert Collins)
13. King Of The Blues
14. Stop Messin' Around
15. The Blues Is Alright (feat. Albert Collins)
16. The Messiah Will Come Again