Ken Sweeney of the Belfast Telegraph reports:

Legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore wasn’t interested in show business, only music — and that was reflected in the modest absence of celebrity glitz as he was laid to rest in a small village graveyard outside Brighton.

The family of the rock musician, who died in his sleep at the age of 58 from a heart attack while on holiday in Spain, decided to hold his funeral not in Belfast, where he was born, but near where he had made his home in the past 15 years and where his children live.

Father Martin Morgan, who conducted the service in St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean, East Sussex, described Moore as “the kind of musician who would play anywhere if someone lent him an amp”.

He recounted how the world famous rock guitarist had performed in a local pub to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

“They asked lots of people to play but Gary was the only one who turned up. Not only did he perform, his amp broke down, but Gary kept playing and managed to finish his set.

He was someone who took the talent he was given and used it to touch the soul of others. I believe, for this generosity, Gary is in Heaven,” Fr Morgan told mourners.

The guitarist is survived by four children — Saoirse, Lily, Jack and Gus.

Lily spoke of her father as “a man with rather colorful shirts, who possessed a childlike quality and was an inspiration to many and the kind of person you could never forget.”

The musician’s other daughter Saoirse chose a verse for the service called Guitar Poem.

One of the musician’s two sons, Jack, himself a guitarist, performed a flawless version of Danny Boy on guitar at which some mourners in the church wept openly.

The service concluded with Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World as Moore’s coffin was carried out of the church for burial in the graveyard outside.

Many of the mourners later gathered to celebrate Moore’s life at the Dome Room in Brighton.

The family requested that donations in memory of Gary be given to the Teenage Cancer Trust and a special needs charity project.

Thin Lizzy member Scott Gorham later said he was unaware the service for his friend was taking place.

“No one kept me informed of any arrangements regarding his funeral,” he said.

“I’ll drive down to Brighton one day on my own and pay my respects,” Gorham added.

source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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Legendary British hard rockers URIAH HEEP will release their 23rd studio album, “Into The Wild”, on April 15 in Europe and May 3 in North America via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Mike Paxman (STATUS QUO, ASIA) and features cover artwork (see below) by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (LYNYRD SKYNYRD, STYX, SAGA).

“Into The Wild” track listing:

01. Nail On The Head
02. I Can See You
03. Into The Wild
04. Money Talk
05. Trail Of Diamonds
06. Lost
07. Believe
08. Southern Star
09. I’m Ready
10. T-bird Angel
11. Kiss Of Freedom

A video for “Nail On The Head” is going to be shot in the coming days and will be added to the album as a special interactive tool.

Following the completion of URIAH HEEP‘s 40th anniversary tour, the band started the recordings for its new CD in January at Liscombe Park Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.

URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock music’s milestones “Very ‘Eavy… Very ‘Umble”, and has since sold in excess of 30 millions albums worldwide. They constantly tour in the world, playing in over 53 countries and the band’s live setlist features hits from the ’70s and ’80s, such as “The Wizard”, “Free ‘n Easy”, “Sunrise” and their monster hits “Easy Livin'”, “July Morning” and “Lady in Black”, as well as new material.

URIAH HEEP is:

Mick Box – Guitar, Vocals
Trevor Bolder – Bass, Vocals
Bernie Shaw – Lead Vocals
Phil Lanzon – Keyboards, Vocals
Russell Gilbrook – Drums, Vocals

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