Tox Tunes #42: Got to Give it Up (Thin Lizzy)

February 20, 2011, 11:12 pm

Earlier this month, Gary Moore — who since the 1970s has had several stints as guitarist in the band Thin Lizzy — was found dead in his hotel room on Spain’s Costa del Sol. The Sun (U.K.) reported that he had choked on his own vomit after a drinking binge. Other reports say he suffered a heart attack. He was 58.

Not sure if Moore is in the line-up  on the above clip of “Got to Give it Up”, Lizzy’s hymn to abstinence.  It’s apparent from the intro that Phil Lynott – the bass player/singer and one of the group’s founders – was not really serious about giving it up. In fact, he died in January 1986 of septicemia brought on by his drug abuse.

For a great example of Moore’s chops, here he is in a guitar duel with B.B. King:

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