In honour of one of the greatest blues rock guitarists of all time we’re running our review from Gary Moore’s landmark set at last summer’s inaugural High Voltage Festival. This is the way we’ll remember him – rocking the house down!
Main Stage, July 24 2010
There was one thing missing from this incendiary show by a reworked and re-rocked Gary Moore. It wasn’t the signature solos. It wasn’t the trademark passion and professionalism. It wasn’t even the garish floral print shirt.
It was the song which every fan – Moore devotee or casual observer alike – wanted and expected to hear. But whoever decided to pull the plug before Parisienne Walkways was given its due should never work at a rock festival again. Moore’s time might have been up according to the schedule – the main body of his set finished bang on the published time. But another few minutes, and a few minutes of one of the most iconic blues rock songs ever, surely wouldn’t have thrown the entire festival into disarray. Instead the decision to stick rigidly to a timetable set in stone robbed those present of a late afternoon highlight and induced a sense of disbelief both on stage and off it.
But there’s no sense in dwelling on a sorry conclusion to an otherwise sparkling set. And perhaps the best aspect of Moore’s return to his Lizzy-inspired hard rock roots was that the sprinkling of new material showcased here proved to be every bit as good as his bulging back catalogue.
Tunes like Days Of Heroes and Where Are You Now came across as powerful, purposeful, potential festival crowd pleasers. And if there were a few nods of disapproval that Moore has chosen to move away the bluesier stuff and back towards his hard rock signature sound then there’s no doubting the quality of the man as multi-talented songwriter.
Out In The Fields was an unequivocal triumph and even in the absence of Parisienne Walkways this was one of High Voltage’s true highlights. Moore is a magnificent musician, an engaging character and a very angry man – when some jobsworth slouching in the wings prevents him from belting out his biggest hit to date. Maybe next time.