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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.”

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).