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]
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts UFO, Alice Cooper
Notable instruments
Dean VM-2000 Signature model

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]


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]

Vinnie Moore in a concert with UFO in Cercemaggiore.

Solo albums[edit]


Vinnie Moore playing in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 2010

Appears on[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vinnie Moore. "Vinnie Moore | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vinnie Moore Interview". Guitarhoo!. December 15, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "80's Pepsi Commercial". YouTube. 2006-04-06. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Vinnie Moore". Vinnie Moore. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Vinnie Moore". Vinnie Moore. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Vinnie Moore". Vinnie Moore. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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