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VINNIE MOORE

Legendary Guitarist

    BIO / GUITARS / PRESS


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    Once Vinnie picked up his first guitar (a Kay) at the age of 12, he became, as he describes it, a “guitar freak.” His earliest influences included - among others - Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Queen.

    Vinnie took lessons with a private instructor and at 14, he joined his first band, jamming on cover tunes with drums, bass, 2 guitars and vocals. After a few years of playing with different bands, Vinnie decided it was time to make the jump from covering songs to creating his own music. He quit the band, got a 4-track tape recorder, and began experimenting by recording his ideas and building them into songs. It was evident that he had found his calling; this was the start of his journey as a songwriter.

    After many hours of creating tunes with his 4 track, Vinnie sent a demo to Guitar Player magazine, and came to national attention via its "Spotlight" column, written by Shrapnel Records exec Mike Varney. This led to Vinnie’s first professional work in the music business which was writing and playing the music for a national Pepsi TV commercial. In 1987, Shrapnel released Vinnie's breakout album, Mind's Eye. Vinnie was quickly heralded "best new talent" in Guitar Player, Guitar, and Guitar World magazines, and Mind's Eye sold more than 100,000 copies.

    In 1988, Squawk/Polygram released Vinnie’s second effort (and major label debut) Time Odyssey, which solidified his reputation as a musical innovator. His third release was Meltdown, in 1991 (on Relativity/Epic Records); the song Meltdown received national radio airplay on both album-oriented rock (AOR) and hard rock formats. In 1996, Mayhem Records released Out of Nowhere, with Brian Tichy (Billy Idol) on drums and Dorian Heartsong (Powerman 5000) on bass.

    On The Maze (in 1999), Vinnie was joined by former MSG drummer Shane Gaalaas, bassist Dave LaRue (The Dregs and The Steve Morse Band) and renowned master musician Tony MacAlpine on keyboards. The Maze was stunning, rooted in the progressive neo-classical style that had already generated legions of loyal fans. Vinnie also displayed a new-found maturity in his songwriting; now, many of his diverse and exotic musical influences, including Latin, Jazz, and the Blues, began finding their way into his signature sound.

    Other albums followed: Live (in 2000), with Shane Gaalaas (drums), Barry Sparks on bass, and Wayne Findlay on keyboards, and Defying Gravity in 2001 with Dave LaRue (bass), Steve Smith on drums, and David Rosenthal on Keyboards.
    As a performer, Vinnie Moore's resume is impressive. A member of Alice Cooper's band, he toured the U.S. on the Operation Rock'N'Roll tour, and also performed on Alice’s album Hey Stoopid. Vinnie’s own band has toured extensively as a headliner and also was chosen as opening act for legendary rockers Rush on the Northeast leg of their Roll The Bones Tour. Vinnie also toured Japan as a member of the T.M. Stevens’ band, which included Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic) on keyboards, Wil Calhoun (Living Color) on drums, and Al Pitrelli (Megadeth) on guitar.

    Vinnie has done hundreds of guitar clinics all over the world including such places as, Japan, Scandanavia, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Canada, India, New Zealand, England, Germany and Australia.

    In the summer of 2003, Vinnie joined the legendary group UFO (Phil Mogg, vocals; Pete Way, bass; Jason Bonham, drums; Paul Raymond, keyboards).

    Their first release together as a band was the SPV Records release You Are Here (in 2004); Vinnie was a major songwriting contributor on this record. The band followed You Are Here with a worldwide tour which spanned from March 2004 to August 2005. A LIVE DVD from this tour was released in Nov 2005 (later released on blu-ray in 2014). Titled UFO Showtime, this two-DVD set also includes bonus footage of the band.
    The band's second studio effort called The Monkey Puzzle came out in 2006 and marked the return of original UFO drummer Andy Parker. The boys toured Europe and Russia and the USA in April and May 2008.
    The third UFO studio record with Vinnie in the band was called The Visitor and was released in June 2009 on SPV Records.
    That same year, Vinnie also released his solo instrumental album, 'TO THE CORE' on Mascot Records, releasing a month earlier, in May 2009 and has received critical acclaim worldwide.

    The following year, the 'UFO - A Best Of A Decade' official compilation was released containing a mix of studio and live tracks.
    Two years later, 2012, UFO again released another studio album titled 'Seven Deadly', receiving rave reviews.

    Tours continued and earlier this year (February 2015), UFO again released another studio album 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' - The band buiding on its hard work of constant touring, achieved their best ever chart entry for over 30 years, entered the charts in several countries.
    In Germany it was the highest chart entry ever and in Switzerland the band charted the first time in their history.
    In England the album reached the highest album chart position (#50) since 1983 and a #18 position came as a nice surprise in the Czech Republic. The band has toured the UK, Europe, and USA.

    • #6 - UK Rock and Metal chart
    • #8 - UK Indie chart
    • #14 - USA Hard Rock album chart
    • #18 - Chech Republic album chart
    • #28 - Germany album chart
    • #36 - USA indie chart
    • #50 - UK album chart
    • #72 - Switzerland album chart

    October 2015 and Vinnie releases his eighth solo album, 'AERIAL VISIONS' - This web page, celebrates this release
    Over many years, Vinnie's 4-track recorder has grown into a home studio, where he's recorded his last two solo CDs, and parts of the UFO CD. Vinnie's home studio is the place where he writes new music.
    As well as songwriting and playing, Vinnie is dedicated to teaching. He's conducted guitar clinics around the world, and has released two instructional videos on the HotLicks® label (see the Music page for more information). Vinnie joins his fans at clinics worldwide for, Engl Amplification, and Dean Guitars.
    On doing clinics: “I like talking to the fans firsthand and learning from them. It’s insightful to hear what they like about what I’m doing, and what they think about the guitar genre…and the whole music scene in general. I definitely feed off of their energy. It’s cool to be part of a global guitar community, and it’s an honor to know that I can sometimes inspire others to get excited by music and guitar. It always amazes me to me to hear that I have touched someone else by doing something that I love doing so much. I consider it a gift to be playing guitar and writing songs, and feel like one of the luckiest cats in the world to have fans.”

    On songwriting and musical influences: “I hope to keep growing and learning as a songwriter and as a player, and to explore different musical directions, kind of following the inspiration wherever it leads. I don’t plan ahead musically, which keeps things interesting for me. I want to continue following my muse into areas that inspire and excite me. I am basically a rock guy…but love many different styles of music, and am often inspired by - and learn from - all of them. Music is so vast, and there are so many things to pick up from all the different styles. I’ve kind of always been like this, drawing on different musical influences, partly because I like lots of different things and partly… because I get bored easily! Exploring different directions is fun, and it keeps me excited as both a writer and a player.”

    On having his own studio: “I love having a studio environment in the house so I can turn my ideas into songs. It’s really like my own little space in the universe and I love being there and being creative.”

    On songwriting: “In other parts of the house, I mostly sit around and play, and I always keep a Walkman cassette player close by, because you never know when an idea for a song is going to pop out. Musical ideas usually happen when you least expect them. I don’t consciously try to write; my ideas just come from playing. I record stuff; I never write it down."

    On playing: "I have pretty much always considered myself a melody and feel guy. Regardless of which style of music I am playing, the essence of what it is all about for me is definitely the melody and expressing myself emotionally. I love creating melodies that are memorable and can be sung, and if I can make a listener feel emotion when they hear my stuff, it is the highest reward I could ever get."
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DISCOGRAPHY

VINNIE MOORE

  • Solo Albums
  • UFO Albums
  • Other band Albums
  • Instructional DVD/Video
  • TV / Soundtracks
  • ALL RELEASES
  • Vinnie Moore - Aerial Visions

    SOLO

    Aerial Visions

  • UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

    UFO

    A Conspiracy Of Stars

  • Young Guitar DVD

    INSTRUCTIONAL DVD

    Young Guitar - Special DVD Edition

  • UFO - Showtime

    UFO

    Showtime(Blu-ray)

  • RZR - Red zone Rider

    RZR

    Red Zone Rider

  • UFO - Seven Deadly

    UFO

    Seven Deadly

  • UFO - The Best Of A Decade

    UFO

    The Best Of A Decade

  • Guitar Techniques

    GUITAR TECHNIQUES DVD

    3 DVD's - Jan/Feb/March 2010

  • UFO - The Visitor

    UFO

    The Visitor

  • Vinnie Moore - To The Core

    SOLO

    To The Core

  • UFO - The Monkey Puzzle

    UFO

    The Monkey Puzzle

  • Hotlicks DVD

    INSTRUCTIONAL DVD

    HOTLICKS - Learn Heavy Metal Guitar

  • Vinnie Moore - Collection

    SOLO

    Collection

  • UFO - Showtime

    UFO

    Showtime(CD/DVD/DVD-HD)

  • UFO - You Are Here

    UFO

    You Are Here

  • Guitar Techniques

    INSTRUCTIONAL DVD

    Vinnie Moore Master Class

  • Vinnie Moore - Defying Gravity

    SOLO

    Defying Gravity

  • Vinnie Moore - Live!

    SOLO

    LIVE!

  • Vinnie Moore - The Maze

    SOLO

    The Maze

  • SEGA

    Soundtrack

    SEGA Burning Rangers Video Game

  • Vinnie Moore - Out Of Nowhere

    SOLO

    Out Of Nowhere

  • Vinnie Moore - Meltdown

    SOLO

    Meltdown

  • Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid

    ALICE COOPER

    Hey Stoopid

  • Hot Licks 01

    INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

    Hot Licks - Speed, Accuracy & Articulation

  • VM_TO

    SOLO

    Time Odyssey

  • Hot Licks 01

    INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

    Hot Licks - Advanced Lead Guitar

  • VM_ME

    SOLO

    Mind's Eye

  • PEPSI TV

    TV Commercial

    PEPSI TV Commercial

  • VM_ME

    Viscious Rumors

    Soldiers of the Night


GUEST / TRIBUTE APPEARANCES

Vinnie Moore Extreme Guitar Tour 2015 photo

AV MUSICIANS

Vinnie Moore - Richie Monica - Dave La Rue - Dorian Heartsong - Rob De Luca - Elliott 'Dean' Rubinson

  • TO THE CORE
    1.Fly - 2.Panic Attack - 3.Off The Hook - 4.Transcendence - 5.Soul Caravan - 6.Jigsaw - 7.Remorse - 8.Tailspin - 9.Over My Head - 10.Into the Open Highway - 11.Into the Sunset

    Released in May 2009 on Magna Carta Records

  • RED ZONE RIDER
    1. Hell No - 2. By The Rainbow’s End - 3. House Of Light - 4. Cloud Of Dreams - 5. Save It - 6. Never Trust A Woman - 7. Obvious - 8. The Hand That Feeds You - 9. Hit The Road - 10. There’s A Knowing - 11. Count’s 77 - 12. Day of the Eagle (bonus) - 13. Dead Man Walking (bonus)

    Released in September 2014 - Vinnie Moore / Kelly Keeling / Scott Coogan

  • AERIAL VISIONS
    21st October 2015 on Mind's Eye Music.
    1. Mustang Shuffle - 2. Now's The Time - 3. Faith - 4. Slam - 5. La Garnge - 6. Looking Back - 7. Aerial Vision - 8. The Dark Dream - 9. Calling Out - 10. A Million Miles Gone

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