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"When I first got a guitar I was very frustrated, because it was harder than I imagined" - Vinnie Moore.
Interview with Rockberto.
VINNIE MOORE STARTED ON THIS ROCK AS ONE OF THOSE SHREDDERS IN THE YEARS OLD. WITH THE TIME WAS TAKING A REPUTATION OF GREAT GUITAR PLAYER AND GOTTA SIT ON ONE OF THE ULTIMATE ROCK BANDS, UFO. CONTACT WITH HIM TO SPEAK A LITTLE OF HIS CAREER, HIS PRESENT AND HIS FUTURE. THIS IS WHAT IF THE CONVERSATION WAS.
First of all, I would like to know what was the exact moment you realized that you wanted to be a guitarist?
I do not know if there was a definite moment. I had my first guitar at age 12 and took lessons a little later. Gradually, I became more addicted to it and I was playing for two years and I knew it was what I wanted to do in my life.
What was the first guitar you had and what did you feel the first few times with her?
It was a Teisco from a store. It was not a good guitar at all. When I had it for the first time I felt very frustrated, because it was harder than I imagined. I thought it would be possible to pick it up and just start playing.
I think your first contact with this business was when you sent a demo to Guitar Player magazine. How did that happen?
I was writing songs and recording them with my Tascam 4 track recorder. The column in Guitar Player was a great opportunity, especially for an 18 year old kid from a small site like Delaware. So, I sent a handful of my songs and fortunately came out in one of the numbers. That was, more or less, the beginning of my career, since it gave rise to other things.
You have a solid solo career as Vinnie Moore with nine albums, how do you consider the evolution of your solo career?
I think I have grown musically over the years and I have explored different things in terms of styles and that is what keeps me interested and passionate.
His latest solo album is "Aerial Visions" (2015). Can we expect a new album of yours soon?
I have some songs and I want to record them as soon as I have the opportunity. Yes, whenever I can, I will continue to make and record music.
Since 2003 you are known to be a member of UFO, how do you feel playing these legendary songs every night?
It has been a great period for me, definitely. I was a fan of the band when I was young, and I enjoy playing the old songs as much as recording new ones.
You replaced Michael Schenker in UFO, also a great guitarist. How about Michael's career and his influence on other guitarists?
When I was young I had Force It, Lights Out, and Obsession. I really liked those records. I think he has been a great influence on many gitaristas.
What is your favorite UFO song to play live?
We've been doing some of the old classics, of course, and also playing some of the records we've done recently. It's a good mix.
I consider "A conspiracy of stars" as a great classic rock album, what was your involvement in that album?
I think I wrote 7 or 8 of the songs on that album. I think it's one of the best records I made.
In your solo band you've worked with people like Brian Tichy, Dave LaRue (whom I had the opportunity to interview a while ago), David Rosenthal, among others. How important is it for you to have great musicians in your band?
It is very important to have musicians who are on the same level. You feed on others musically speaking. And, besides, nobody wants to play with musicians who do not fulfill.
You have also collaborated with a legend like Alice Cooper, playing live on the Hey Stupid tour. How was the experience for you?
I played on 2 of the tracks on the album and then I was part of the band part of the tour. I was a fan of Alice when I was a kid and it was an honor to be part of the band. It was a great period to do that ..
You also work as a teacher in clinics all over the world. Do you consider that part of your work very important?
It was very important for me, especially in the first part of my career. It was a great exhibition for me to be on the road playing in front of people and doing demonstrations.
I would like to know what your main influences are as a guitar player.
Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Al Dimeola, and many others.
I would also like to know what is your favorite material to play live?
Dean Vinman2000 which is my exclusive guitar model. Heads of Marshall Dsl 2000 and amplifiers with Celestion V30 loudspeakers.
Many people work on things they do not like. I do not think that's your case. At this point in your career, what do you feel when you compose or play live?
I love what I do, if it would not be very difficult for me to do it. Love and passion have to be there or you can not do it.
Do you want to comment something else?
Thank you very much for the interview. I hope to see you somewhere somewhere at some point.
...a splendid concert review
LIVE FROM BOCHNIA
from Marcin Rybacki (A fan of music,
promoter for 'Chopin's Story by Ian Gillan from Deep Purple', concert organizer
interviewer and reviewer from Poland) can be read here
In addition, plently of live photo's and four Live Video postings
Finally a 12 minute video interview with th man himself, Mr. Vinnie Moore
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Finally this guitar magazine is OUT NOW:
Last month's, TOTAL GUITAR BRASIL "The Rock Lesson" feature focusses on UFO - Access website
|September 2016 - Issue #23|
Interesting article / interview
8 solo albums, 5 collaborations, 6 UFO albums, 2 Hot Licks’ guitar video clinics, 1 virtuoso… Of course we are referring to Vinnie Moore, the “Vin Man” as we the fans know him! He has accomplished quite a lot during his 30+ years of performance, but one wonders: who’s the man behind the strings? Well, to give you a proper answer in a few words is not fair to his career, so let’s take a look at those 30+ years of speed, accuracy, articulation and advanced lead guitar techniques!
He was only 12 when he got his first guitar; a teenager boy who looked up to the great guitar legends of that moment. Records by the Beatles like their eponymous double album from 1968 (from which he has covered While My Guitar Gently Weeps many times), Jeff Beck’s ‘Wired‘,Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV Zoso’, Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head‘ and ‘Burn‘,Queen’s ‘A Night At The Opera‘, Van Halen’s self-titled album and many other bands; all of them were among his early influences... READ ARTICLE
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GuitarPlayer feature - 21st April - Artist's reveal 'Show-off' songs of their early guitar days:
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A Backstage Backstage Interview by Backstage 360 with Vinnie and Rob
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December 2015 issue of Young Guitar
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Vinnie Moore: "solo releases are therapeutic for my schizophrenic personality, frequent mood changes, and problems staying focused with one task".
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Moore is one of the best guitarists nowadays and played, before he joined UFO, with various musicians such as Alice Cooper.
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Interviewed by Mark Dean (Journalist/Writer/Contributor) Myglobalmind Webzine
One benefit that working for an International Website like Myglobalmind can bring is that doors are opened that other smaller media outlets cannot obtain. So it was when legendary British rock band UFO rolled into Belfast on their Conspiracy of Stars tour. We were fortunate enough to be granted the only after show interview that the band did in the city. I sat down with guitarist Vinnie Moore to discuss a variety of topics from music to cooking…
MGM”Okay then Vinnie as a young rock fan from growing up in America what was your first introduction to the music of UFO was the band big in America?
Vinnie “Yes they were pretty big in America had a few of their records when I was a kid. The Lights Out record,”Obsession and “Force It” and I grew up on those records. “Strangers in the night” had a couple of friends and we were all into rock and guitar orientated stuff. That was one of the bands that we were definitely in to".
Mgm ” How did you feel when you actually had the opportunity to go and actually join the band?
Vinnie “It was kind of surreal when I was a kid in my bedroom playing along with the records and stuff I would never have imagined that there would have been a chance that I would play be playing with them someday. When it happened it was kind of surreal for me”
Mgm ”Looking back at your musical career what would you say what was your proudest moment
Vinnie ” I don’t know that I would have one proudest moment. I guess the fact that I still I am able to do what I love doing after all these years it’s a gift to me and I am proud that I have been able to do what I love after all these years ”
Mgm”Any low points then?
Vinnie ” There is always low points all the time but I guess the most lowest of the low was like back in the nineties. The whole music business changed. The grunge and alternative music got big. The guitar wasn’t cool anymore. I had recorded this record and I got dropped from a label. I sat around for a couple of years just trying to get the rights to the record back. It just sucked really badly. Business was not good at that point.”
Mgm “If you were not a guitar player what would you be?
Vinnie ”An entrepreneur millionaire. Something making big money. Attracting hot girls everywhere I go. (Laughs) it’s really hard to say what direction I would have or could have followed. I just hope that it would be something that I had a passion for and loved doing, which is what I have for guitar.
Mgm ”You he started playing live gigs from a very young age the licensing laws must have been very flexible in the States….
Vinnie ”I play in a band at high school when I was maybe 16 or 17 and you could go in if your parent was there or if you had a certain permit. You could get away with it as long as you didn’t drink. Or go anywhere near the bar or the alcohol”
Mgm” That is different from over here as the venues sell alcohol they do not allow young people in the venue so they cannot attend shows. Have you ever felt intimidated by other guitarists perhaps on a festival bill that you have shared?
Vinnie “No but I have felt intimidated by beautiful women women looking at me
Mgm”And yes they are quite scary at times” Vinnie you have been playing music for a long time do you have any unfulfilled ambitions”?
Vinnie ”I still have ambitions and goals it’s kind of a work in progress actually. ”
Mgm”Does music encompass everything in your life or do you have any interests or hobbies outside music?
Vinnie ”I am a big sports fan American football hockey and baseball. I have a wife and two kids so it is not only music there are other things…yeah it is hard when you are on the road. When I first started there were not even cell phones.you had to use the phone in the hotel and call home at a particular time and it was crazy."
Mgm”How have you changed as a person since you first started playing music?
Vinnie ”UFO with Phil Mogg has aged me(laughs) 100 years no I am just joking. Everybody matures as they go along and musically I think that I have grown, spiritually emotionally I have grown. That probably reflects me in my playing. Maybe I’m just dreaming I don’t know”
Mgm”What advice would you give a young kid starting out and wants to be a guitarist?
Vinnie ”I would just say do it because you love doing it. Find a teacher, and a group of friends that you can play with because you can all learn from each other. Find a band and just jam with people. Take lessons to learn and just love what you are doing.”
Mgm”You seem a generally laid-back and easy-going kind of guy but what really annoys you what angers you?”
Vinnie”Traffic, I hate driving and being stuck in traffic. I just don’t understand it. I have no patience”
Mgm”What about on those long tour bus journeys?
Vinnie “On the tour bus? We actually get along pretty well. We have fun together and that makes it easier. I have been on the road a lot by myself doing guitar clinics and stuff that is way harder, when you are by yourself. It’s a pleasure to be with friends on tour.”
Mgm”Well you have had a long relationship with Rob. Where you responsible for introducing him to the band?
Vinnie “Actually I met him after I joined Ufo. I didn’t know him. We grew up probably 10 miles away from each other. I didn’t know him, I heard about him actually from Bumblefoot, Ron Thal from Guns n Roses. When we were looking for a bass player Bumble foot recommended him. It turned out that Rob was from Delaware where I am from. It was just kind of a coincidence.”
Mgm”Has the music business adversely affected your health? Obviously you were involved in music and touring in the eighties years of excess. Were you ever in danger of becoming another rock and roll casualty?
Vinnie “No I mean I went through years of when I didn’t even drink. I have never been into drugs, I don’t smoke weed. I am probably the most boring guy that you could ever meet. I mean there was some party years when I was in high school actually. I got it out of my system early. I got serious about playing guitar and music and I didn’t even drink for nearly eight years. It was pretty crazy so yeah never drugs with me or snorting anything.”
Mgm”What was it then like working with Alice Cooper? Obviously you played on the “Hey Stupid “album.
Vinnie ”It was a lot of fun I went in for one day to do 2 songs. The rhythm and the lead for these two songs. It went really well and they asked me to do the tour also which was a blast. I went out for like 3 months with Alice in the summer of 91 I think it was in America. I enjoyed it a lot and we had a great time.
Mgm ”Was he one of your musical heroes growing up?
Vinnie ”I had” Welcome to my nightmare “so yes I was definitely a fan of Alice”
Mgm ”Did he give you any career advice?
Vinnie ”I didn’t really talk to him deeply about anything like that but he was a nice guy and a pleasure to be around. We played a lot of poker together.”
Mgm”Not golf then?
Vinnie ”I grew up playing sports but that was one thing that I never actually did play. We would travel on the bus and he would actually fly every morning to the next city and golf all day even on gig days. Every day he would golf.”
Mgm”We have mentioned both Ufo, and Alice Cooper as being musical heroes when you were growing up that you later played with. Any other bands that you listened to as a young rock fan growing up? Have you remained a fan or indeed do you listen to what’s current and new?
Vinnie ”I find that a lot of my heroes are still the people that I listen to but I just like music. Anything that’s good is good. I know that there are people that I am forgetting. I always get asked that and I just draw a blank.”
Mgm”Just a couple of questions to finish on then. Do you think that you have ever made a bad album?
Vinnie “No there are some songs that I listen to that I think “that’s weaker than other songs “but Man I would think that I would need to have been really out of it to have that much of a major failure.”
Mgm”Do you look back on your career? Or do you prefer to focus on what lies ahead?
Vinnie” I do everything actually. You shouldn’t look back and just kind of live in the moment. I think that everybody looks ahead and that is the worry part of your life. Looking into the past is like the regret part. I should be in the future but I tend to worry and always be looking ahead thinking “What should I do next”
Mgm”If Vinnie Moore was to sit down and be the interviewer who would you like to talk to. What would you ask them?
Mgm”It would all be about guitars then?
Vinnie “Yes definitely”
Mgm”What can you do apart from playing guitar? Any hidden talents, perhaps cooking for example?
Vinnie “Well the guys are making fun of me, I made two pumpkin pies before I left home a few weeks ago. It was my wife’s birthday and she likes pumpkin pie. I took a lot of laughs, a lot of heat from the guys about that. I used to make beer, I haven’t done that in a while. That was a fun hobby.”
Mgm”What is your greatest fear?
Vinnie “Not being able to play anymore I guess.”
Mgm”When you initially got the call to join UFO (you are not the new boy anymore) what was your initial thoughts? Did you think “God those are pretty big shoes to fill”?
Vinnie” For some reason I was asked to send a CD of songs to Phil. I thought “ahh I would probably not get the gig “Then about ten days later I got a call saying he likes your stuff and he wants you to do it. There was never really any worry about it. It wasn’t a real stretch for me I think to fit into the band. I grew up with their music and I am a rock guy and it’s a rock band. Whereas maybe if I got a gig with somebody like a real progressive band or somebody like Sting or something… that would be really worrisome. I would have to get really in to it and work harder to fit in.With Ufo I just felt that I would fit in, it was more natural.
Mgm “Appreciate you taking the time after the show tonight to talk to Myglobalmind webzine. Thanks very much.
Vinnie “No problem, glad you enjoyed the show.
Interview with Vinnie Moore
Vinnie in the USA March Issue of GuitarPlayer Magazine
Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars
|Now five albums into the Vinnie Moore era, British hard rock legends UFO are firing on all cylinders with a new lease on life, thanks in part to their virtuoso guitar player. With a brand new album Conspiracy of Stars out and a world tour in motion, UFO are once again poised to thrill fans all over the globe. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Moore to talk about his now decade plus with the band, the new record, as well as his and the bands legacy.
SoT: Vinnie, you've now been the lead guitarist for UFO for over 11 years, and joined the band for their 17th album You Are Here, which was a very strong release. How did you first come into contact with the band, and was it a hard decision to join when they ultimately asked you?
Vinnie: We had a mutual friend named Jerry Carillo. He had worked with UFO and knew that they were looking for a guitarist. He thought I would be a good choice so he contacted my manager about it. My manager spoke to UFO's manager and I was asked to send some of my music to phil. Turns out he liked the stuff I sent him and offered me the gig!
SoT: Many guitar fans remember you fondly from your stellar '80s instrumental solo albums. What were you doing in the years leading up to joining UFO?
Vinnie: I was still making records during that time period but not as frequently. There was a time period where people weren't as much into guitar records and even rock music in general. So it was a little bit of a weird time for me but I just kept playing and writing
SoT: This band is now releasing their 5th album since you've joined, and in many fans opinions the releases just keep getting better and better. How do you feel the band is jelling these days, despite the fact that there has been some line-up changes since you've been on board?
Vinnie: I think the band is at it's peak. We have been playing together for a long time now and I think we are really locked into one another's playing style. Plus we all get along well on a personal level and I think this makes it more enjoyable and helps with the overall musical vibe.
SoT: A Conspiracy of Stars is, in my view, the strongest album of the Vinnie Moore era, but I also said that about Seven Deadly, so I think the band is really trending in the right direction. What is your opinion of the songs on the new record, and how do you feel they stack up to the previous material you've recorded with the group?
Vinnie: Man.....I'll be totally honest. I have no clue and find these type of questions very difficult to answer. It is very hard to judge something you are so close to with any reasonable amount of perspective.
SoT: "Messiah of Love", "King of the Hill", "Run Boy Run", and "The Killing Kind" are some of my favorites on the new album, as they rock hard and really have that trademark 'UFO sound'. What are some of your favorite tunes on the CD and why?
Vinnie: I was a big fan of the Force It, Obsession, and Lights Out records, and used to jam with those records in my bedroom when I was a kid. Classic stuff. I was never really familiar with the Chapman era though.
SoT: The Paul Chapman era of the band seems to be mostly ignored in the bands live set-has there ever been any talk of resurrecting any of those early '80s songs, or is it just easier to appease the fans by playing the '70s material along with some new songs?
Vinnie: We are doing 2 of those in the set on this tour. Lots of people seem to ask about this period but to be honest, the earlier stuff gets much better reaction from the audience. People always seem to like any bands earlier work, as it takes them back to a certain time in their lives, like an old smell. I think people like to be taken on that trip back into their past.
SoT: We often hear from so many popular, classic hard rock & metal bands how much UFO have influenced them (Iron Maiden instantly comes to mind) but then when these same bands tour here in North America, they bring along a young, trendy opener that older fans really don't care about, instead of a legendary band like UFO, Uriah Heep, etc. who are still going strong but relegated to small venues here in the States. Does this bother the band at all, and have you had any discussions regarding getting on some larger bills here at bigger venues?
Vinnie: We have never really discussed this. We have opened for some shows for the Scorpions and Judas Priest here and there. I am sure everyone would think this was cool if an opportunity ever came up.....but we are a very happy headlining our own shows also.
SoT: I caught the band live the last go around here in the US, and was so happy at the fire and energy you guys still have. If you look into your crystal ball, how far do you see UFO going?
Vinnie: if I knew the answer to that, I would already have won the mega lottery and would be retired and living on an island somewhere in the Caribbean!
SoT: Any surprises the band have in store for the fans on the upcoming world tour?
Vinnie: Yes each night we will kill someone onstage! (laughs) There is nothing in the works but ya never know. This is a real spontaneous band. Phil and I are both the kind of people where ya don't know what we are going to do next. Impulsive and unpredictable. Maybe its an Aries thing. Our birthdays are one day apart, and this can create some interesting moments. I have done some stupid stuff onstage because it feels funny in the moment. Ya never know when ya might see my arse!
SoT: For our guitar fans out there, what types of guitars, amps, and gear are you using these days?
Vinnie: I am playing a signature guitar made by Dean. It's called the vinman2000, and have been using my old marshall 100 watt JMP head for recording.
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"I did not know that you liked so much the 'Belladonna'.
Vinnie Moore has always been a hard-working and passionate musician. During the mid 80s, Moore was regarded as one of rock music's most innovative guitarists; with his lightning fast fret board skills and melodic riffs. He released several impressive instrumental solos records during that time period on the guitar shredder-oriented label, Shrapnel Records. In 1991, Vinnie Moore released his break-out 'Meltdown' album, as the title track became a critically acclaimed masterpiece, getting huge radio play and being one of the very few instrumentals, to not only have a music video shown on MTV, but to be put in heavy rotation on the fan favorite show, "The Head Bangers Ball."
After a short stint as part of Alice Cooper's touring band in the early 90's, in 2003, vocalist Phil Mogg of the classic rock band, UFO, offered Moore the position of lead guitarist when he was looking to continue UFO, and needed a guitarist to replace the legendary Michael Schenker. Mogg ultimately decided that Moore would be the best fit for the band. It was a dream come true for Moore; he was a big fan of the band since childhood.
Presently, Moore is working harder now than ever before. The 50-year-old guitar virtuoso is currently co-headlining the ‘XG Extreme Guitar tour,’ with ex-Scorpions guitarist, Uli Roth, and the Black Knights Rising, which is a band consisting of Craig Goldy, Vinny Appice, Elliott Rubinson, and John West.
Moore is also involved with an amazing power trio, Red Zone Riders. This band consists of veteran musicians Kelly Keeling on vocals/bass and Scot Coogan on drums. They released their debut record last year and plan on doing some touring this year.
In addition, UFO will be releasing a new CD entitled, 'A Conspiracy Of Stars,' which is the fifth studio record that Moore is doing with the band. UFO will also be kicking off a world tour on Feb 20th.
What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with Vinnie Moore.
Vinnie Moore: So far, very well. Everyone is playing really well. There is a good vibe; the audiences have been great. It’s good to be out here doing it. There is a lot of rocking going on this tour.
RMS: Following the 'Extreme Guitar tour,' you have a tour with UFO starting soon.
RMS: How did you get involved with UFO? Do you approach them, or did they approach you?
Special Thanks to Dave Tedder for setting up this interview, and to Dana Kaiser.
Update on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:10PM by Thomas
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