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20th June 2017

gary moore

A selection of guitars and vintage amps from the private collection of the late Gary Moore will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at their Knightsbridge saleroom on 28th June 2017.

Born in Belfast in 1952, Moore was best known for his stellar solo career and for his role as guitarist in Thin Lizzy, as well as being part of the line-up of Colosseum II and Skid Row. That's the Dublin based blues rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s, not the 1980s/1990s American band of the same name fronted by Sebastian Bach.

A highly skilled musician with a diverse repertoire ranging from hard rock to jazz, Moore's talents were acknowledged after his death by Bob Geldof, who described him as "one of the greatest blues players of all time," adding that "we won't see his like again." The singer, songwriter and guitarist would have been 65 next week.

The sale comprises a selection of lots from his extensive collection of instruments and accessories, with estimates ranging from £600 to £6,000. Leading the collection for the amps is a Marshall 1962 LTD ETD Jaguar 2 x 12" (£5,000-6,000) and for the guitars, a selection of acoustics from Northern Irish builder George Lowden (£1,500-2,500).

Also appearing in the collection are a 1982 Fender 1957 Reissue Stratocaster (£3,000-3,500) featured on the 'Live At Montreux, 1997' DVD and CD, also seen in the 1985 promo video for the hit single 'Out In The Fields', alongside Gary's old Thin Lizzy bandmate, the late Phil Lynott.

Also an extremely rare Gibson Gary Moore/Dark Fire prototype model, (£3,000-5,000) possibly the only one in the world, among a selection of other well documented items.

Stephen Maycock, the consultant for Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia said of the upcoming sale:

"Following the 100% sales success in 2016 of items from the legendary guitarist's collection, we are delighted to be offering almost fourty more guitars and amps, showing Gary's constant search for different sounds and tones in is music."

The sale will feature a huge variety of memorabilia documenting the history of rock and pop throughout the ages, including signed posters, stage costumes and drums.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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