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Thin Lizzy legend Gary Moore's guitars to go to auction

By Chris McCullough

Published 16/01/2016

Belfast-born rocker Gary Moore on stage
Belfast-born rocker Gary Moore on stage

Fans of the late Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore could soon have a chance to own instruments once played by the Belfast-born music legend.

He's been dead for almost five years, but now a previously unpublished interview with Guitarist magazine has come to light, along with an opportunity to bag some of the axes and amps he once used.

Moore's estate has hinted at a sale coming up later this year, with some pieces being offered in online auctions.

For more than two decades Graham Lilley looked after Moore and his kit. Reports suggest that Moore owned lock-ups full of guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, pedals and much more.

Graham, who has been given the responsibility of organising the auction, said: "A chunk of it will be retained by the estate for the time being.

"But there's a lot of stuff left and it's made to be played, to make a noise with, so somebody should make a noise with it.

"It's just trying to find the best way to do it. Some of it might find its way to auction websites, so anybody can bid on it, fans for example, and get a little piece of that heritage.

"Quite a few of the bits have been viewed by one of the top-end auction houses. What will actually go in the sale is unclear at this moment.

"We're possibly looking at June, but there's no reason that the less-documented stuff couldn't go out before that."

The famously shy Moore was buried in Brighton - his home for the last 15 years of his life - after dying from a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 58 during a holiday in Spain. The newly published Guitarist magazine interview dates from 1995.

The interview was carried out by the magazine's deputy editor David Mead, who met Moore in a London hotel to discuss the Ulsterman's mentor and friend, Peter Green.

Green, who was a key member of the early incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, was Gary's inspiration, whom he first went to see play when he was only 14.

In the interview, Gary said: "The first time I saw Peter Green play was at the Club Rado, which was a very rough club in Belfast.

"And at that time he'd just replaced Eric (Clapton) in The Blues Breakers."

In the detailed interview, Gary also talked about different aspects of his life and the guitarists who inspired him.

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