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Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt: the 10 guitarists that blew my mind

8. Gary Moore

“As I just mentioned him, Gary Moore was a big one for me. He was massive in Sweden too. You couldn’t escape hearing his songs like Empty Room on the radio, he was fuckin’ big! He even recorded a live video in Sweden on the Wild Frontier tour…

“He died too soon, of course. I had the chance to shake his hand once. I was at an awards ceremony once and was looking at this person, who I honestly thought was an old lady. Then I realised it was Gary Moore! I really wanted to go up and say hi, but I didn’t dare to. Sadly I never got the chance. 

“If you talk about fire in guitar players, he’s number one. It’s like he becomes one with his guitar. I’d actually say he became a bit underrated over the years. He did a string of records nobody really listened to and disappeared from sight a little bit. But what a fantastic player he was.”