Vinnie Moore

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Vinnie Moore
Vinnie Moore at Ritmo&Compás, Madrid (2011).jpg
Vinnie Moore, 2011
Background information
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 50)
New Castle, Delaware, United States
Genres Neo-classical metal, hard rock, heavy metal, instrumental rock[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts UFO, Alice Cooper
Website vinniemoore.com
Notable instruments
Dean VM-2000 Signature model
Vinnie Moore in a concert with UFO in Cercemaggiore.
Vinnie Moore playing in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 2010

Vincent "Vinnie" Moore (born April 14, 1964) is an American guitarist and a member of the English hard rock band UFO.[2] Vinnie Moore is one of the most influential and important guitarists to emerge from the virtuoso boom in the mid to late eighties.[1]

Biography[edit]

Moore was born in New Castle, Delaware. Only a couple miles from fellow musicians George Thorogood (and The Delaware Destroyers)] and Dony J Tusso (Soul Window / Bagg of Pennies)]. He began his professional career at age of 12 and played clubs and bars until Shrapnel executive Mike Varney discovered him via a demo and bio that Vinnie submitted to the Spotlight column, which Varney headed for Guitar Player Magazine. His connection to Varney led to an opportunity to appear in a Pepsi commercial in 1985,[3] (only Vinnie's hands appeared in the commercial as his guitar playing is heard.[4][2] Following this, Moore recorded his first solo album, Mind's Eye, released on Shrapnel Records and featured Tony MacAlpine on keyboards. The album received several awards from guitar magazines and sold over 100,000 copies.[citation needed]

Vinnie Moore played lead guitar with the heavy metal band Vicious Rumors on their debut album, Soldiers of the Night. The album features Moore's solo-song, "Invader", which was in the style of Van Halen's "Eruption". The shred guitar craze of the late eighties led to more releases for Shrapnel.[citation needed] Moore also began performing with other hard rock and heavy metal bands.[citation needed] He joined Alice Cooper's band for a tour and then appeared on the Hey Stoopid album.[5] Moore released two instructional videos on guitar playing.[6][7] He has been the lead guitarist for UFO since June 2003, releasing the studio album 'You Are Here' the following year in 2004.

On August 5, 2013, Moore joined the stage to perform live with Peter Frampton on Frampton's Guitar Circus concert at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.[2]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[8]
Mind's Eye
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL[9]
Time Odyssey
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
147
Meltdown
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
Out of Nowhere
  • Released: April 16, 1996
  • Label: Mayhem
  • Formats: CD
The Maze
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[11]
Defying Gravity
  • Released: July 10, 2001
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[12]
To the Core
  • Released: May 26, 2009
  • Label: Mascot
  • Formats: CD, DL[13]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Collection: The Shrapnel Years
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[14]

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live!
  • Released: January 25, 2000
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[15]

Instructional videos[edit]

Title Album details
Advanced Lead Guitar Techniques
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS
Speed, Accuracy, & Articulation
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Notes
Vicious RumorsSoldiers of the Night 1985 band member
Alice CooperHey Stoopid 1991 band member
UFOYou Are Here 2004 band member
Jordan RudessRhythm of Time 2004 guest
UFOShowtime 2005 band member
UFOThe Monkey Puzzle 2006 band member
DestructionD.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 2008 guest
Michael Angelo BatioHands Without Shadows 2 – Voices 2009 guest
UFOThe Visitor 2009 band member
Glen DroverMetalusion 2011 guest
UFOSeven Deadly 2012 band member

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