LeRoi Moore

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LeRoi Moore
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Background information
Birth name LeRoi Holloway Moore
Born (1961-09-07)September 7, 1961
Dunn, North Carolina, U.S.
Origin Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Died August 19, 2008(2008-08-19) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, arranger
Instruments Saxophone, flute, penny whistle
Years active 1991–2008
Labels RCA
Associated acts Dave Matthews Band
Website davematthewsband.com

LeRoi Holloway Moore (September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008) was an American saxophonist best known as a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for the songs written by frontman Dave Matthews.[1] Moore also co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably "Too Much" and "Stay (Wasting Time)".

Biography[edit]

Moore was born on September 7, 1961, in Dunn, North Carolina, to Roxie Moore (née Holloway) and Albert P. Moore.[2] Raised in Virginia, he attended college at James Madison University studying tenor saxophone, and later became an accomplished jazz musician in Charlottesville, Virginia, playing with artists such as John D'earth and Dawn Thompson.[3] Moore began playing professionally after a brief stay in college. Moore helped found the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra (1982), and the John D'earth Quintet. The latter played at Miller's, a Charlottesville bar, every Thursday night in the late 1980s, where Moore first met Dave Matthews in 1991.[4] In an effort to bring in some instrumental help for some songs Matthews had written, Moore began recording songs with Matthews.[5]

Moore played bass, baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, as well as the flute, bass clarinet, the wooden penny whistle, and the oboe. Moore's woodwind technician, David Saull, notes that Moore had "quite an extensive horn collection."

In addition to performing with the Dave Matthews Band, Moore appeared on Code Magenta's self-titled album and Soko's album In November Sunlight.

Moore also worked as a producer with artist Samantha Farrell on her second album, Luminous.[6]

Death[edit]

Moore was injured on June 30, 2008, in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia.[7] His last live performance took place two days prior at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia.[8]

Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, stood in for Moore on subsequent tour dates, starting July 1, 2008, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This marked the first time a band member had missed a show since 1993, two years after the band was formed.[9]

Moore had been riding the ATV on his farm to check a fence when the vehicle hit a grass-covered ditch, causing the ATV to flip and partially land on Moore. He broke several ribs and punctured a lung,[10] and was hospitalized at UVA for several days. After his release, he was re-hospitalized in mid-July for complications related to the accident.

After Moore was released again from the University of Virginia Health System, he traveled to his home in Los Angeles, California, to start his rehabilitation program. On the morning of August 19, Moore was feeling unwell and those present could see that his lips were turning blue. He was rushed to the hospital, but died shortly thereafter. While it was widely reported that he had died from a blood clot, the coroner's office determined his cause of death to be pneumonia.

The following statement was released on the band's website:

We are deeply saddened to announce that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.[11]

Matthews paid tribute to Moore on the day of his death at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, after the band's first song of the performance, "Bartender".[12] "We all had some bad news today," Matthews told the sold-out crowd. "Our good friend LeRoi Moore passed on and gave his ghost up today and we will miss him forever." Fans then shouted Moore's name in remembrance.[13]

On August 27, Moore was entombed at Holly Memorial Gardens in Albemarle County. Attendance at the funeral numbered in the thousands, including the rest of the band, Moore's family, and dedicated fans.

Moore died 3 months shy of his November 8, 2008 wedding to his longtime love and best friend, Lisa Beane.

“Roi loved people,” said Matthews, “but he had the hardest time loving himself, and that was the most difficult thing about being his friend for me, watching him torture himself.” Matthews said the 46-year-old Moore was “a good soul, but he was a tortured soul. But he loved his family and he loved his friends. He was finding himself, finding the light inside himself, and it was shining more than it had for a very long time.” Matthews credited Moore's fiance, Lisa Beane, for his newfound happiness. “I believe her unwavering love for him,” Matthews said, “and her willingness to stand in front of him, as he was reluctant to love himself, and insisted on it, caused him to eventually see the light. It was so bright,” Matthews continued, “that we could all see it so much all of the time, when he would put that horn in his mouth and make the most astonishingly honest music that could knock you over, and it would sink right to the middle of you.” [14]

Dave Matthews Band released LeRoi Moore's final concert performance as Live Trax Vol. 14. The concert took place in the band's home state of Virginia in Bristow on June 28, 2008. Proceeds from the CD will be donated to local charities that Moore valued.[15]

Reaction[edit]

The reaction from Dave Matthews Band fans and management was tremendous after Moore's death. Almost from the second Moore's death was known, fans started to honor LeRoi in many ways. This included the creation of wristbands, bumper stickers, and memorial recordings honoring his accomplishments and his life. For the final shows of Dave Matthews Band's summer tour, the band played songs that were LeRoi's favorites such as "Eh Hee," "Proudest Monkey," "Bartender," and "Loving Wings." Other musicians and artists, such as John Mayer, Jeff Coffin (who took over horn duties for Moore following his death), Kenny Chesney, The Allman Brothers, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten, and Phish paid tribute to Moore on their websites and at their shows.

With the release of the band's studio album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, the band became more open to talk about Moore's death and their reaction to that day with the media. In the documentary The Road to Big Whiskey, each band member talked about the day that LeRoi passed and how it has affected them.

Tribute[edit]

On September 30, 2008, during a concert in Brazil for the South American Tour, while the Dave Matthews Band was playing the introduction of "#41," Brazilian fans spread white balloons around the concert house in order to pay homage to Moore. At this point, the band almost completely stopped playing and thanked the crowd for this amazing show of thanks to Moore. Violinist Boyd Tinsley was driven to tears by this homage to Moore.

After Moore's death, Methane Studios, the company that creates most of the band's show posters, paid tribute to Moore on the posters that were sold at the shows. One such poster that was sold at a show on September 7, 2008, which would have been Moore's 47th birthday, has become a sought after collectors item among fans. Some sales of the poster have been seen as high as $600 on eBay.

A second tribute poster was printed and released on Sept 6, 2009, and was sold during the final day of the Gorge '09 show. The poster was the King of Spades, a part of the Royal Flush series. There were 1100 printed and all prints sold out in the first hour. It shows the King of Spades playing a saxophone with his eyes closed. Across the base of his crown, it says "GrooGrux King."

Glow sticks were also tossed by the crowd during the Gorge shows in 2008, as well as a tribute slide show video with photos of Moore, played along with the studio version of "#34" during the encore breaks.

At the 51st Grammy Awards, the first one following Moore's death, a video tribute to musicians who had died in the previous year excluded Moore, disappointing and angering fans.[16] Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, responded with a statement noting that Moore was included in a list of deceased musicians in the program for the event, and "unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted timeframe." This created a tremendous outrage from the band's fans and many other music celebrities.[17]

Equipment[edit]

  • Selmer Mark VI Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones
  • Selmer Super Balanced Action Alto and Tenor
  • Buescher Copper Plated Bass Sax
  • Borgani Custom Soprano
  • Muramatsu Solid Silver flute
  • Abell Wood Flute
  • Abell Penny Whistles
  • Rico Jazz Select Reeds
  • Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner
  • Peterson R450 Strobe Tuner
  • TC Electronic M5000
  • Eventide 4500 Ultra-Harmonizer
  • Eventide 7500 Ultra-Harmonizer

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: Member". Dave Matthews Band. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Obituaries: Charlottesville Daily Progress". Media General, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  3. ^ http://members.tripod.com/~dancinnanci/leroibio.html
  4. ^ Delancey, Morgan (2001). The Dave Matthews Band: Step Into the Light. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-443-3. 
  5. ^ "The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: History". Dave Matthews Band. Retrieved 2008-08-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ Vigliotti, Jake (2009-10-06). "Samantha Farrell - LeRoi Moore Produced Album Available via iTunes". AntsMarching.org. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Dave Matthews Band saxophonist dies". Reuters. 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "06.28.08 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, VA". DMBAlmanac.com. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453056557&tid=98&where=2008
  10. ^ "Dave Matthews Band Member Dead". TMZ. 
  11. ^ "The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: News". Dave Matthews Band. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Dave Matthews Band’s LeRoi Moore Passes Away". Access Hollywood. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  13. ^ Mary Margaret (2008-08-20). "Dave Matthews Pays Tribute to Band Member". People. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  14. ^ http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2008/08/28/tortured-shining-moore-remembered-by-dave/
  15. ^ http://www.davematthewsband.com/news/view/7f38d07b7ae4154c28f97fe27fec5669
  16. ^ "Fans angry over Moore Grammy snub". BBC News. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  17. ^ Alex Shapiro (2009-02-11). "Dave Matthews Band, Recording Academy President Address LeRoi Moore’s Omission From Grammy ‘In Memoriam’ Segment". MTV. Retrieved 2009-02-22.