GARY MOORE - Blues With Bite! Page 4
By Martin Popoff

And finally, any advice for people who want to play guitar and sing at the same time?

"Don't!" laughs Moore. "Well, I'll tell you what. For any guitar player who's thinking of becoming the singer in the band, they need to be prepared to be patient, because I did it in the '80s having been through a few singers. I don't know if you know much about that stuff, because it's going back a ways. But basically I had a few singers that didn't work out for various reasons. Either they would be good in the studio and crap on stage, or vice versa. So at the end of the day I said, 'I'll do it myself.' But it's so hard; the first kinda year, I felt like giving up so many times. Just the physical thing... you're basically on all the time. You've got to learn to breathe (laughs), pace yourself, and with all the pedals... all the time you're up playing on the drum riser, you forget you had to get back to the microphone. If I had a dollar for every time I did that, you know... (laughs). So the physical part of it was very hard and I found it quite demoralizing for a while and I just thought, f**k, if this goes on, I'm going to have to get a singer again. But when I got back into playing blues again, I starting writing in keys that were more comfortable for myself. Because what I had been doing before that, I was writing for this great singer in the sky who never appeared, and I was trying to sing his parts and he didn't exist (laughs)."