Vinnie Moore is one of the most influencial and important guitarists
to emerge out of the virtuoso boom in the mid to late eighties. Boasting
six studio albums as of 2001, he is one of the most recognizable artists
on the Shrapnel record label.
Beginning his career at the tender age of 12, Moore played clubs and
bars until Shrapnel big wig Mike Varney discovered him through a magazine
article. His connection with Varney led to a Pepsi commercial in 1985,
which gave him enough recognition to record his first solo album, Minds
Eye. His debut led to several awards from guitar magazines and sold over
100,000 copies, bringing him directly into the spotlight of the guitar
The virtuoso craze of the late eighties led to more well received releases
on Shrapnel, and soon he began to perform with other bands in the hard
rock scene. He joined Alice Cooper's band for a tour and the Hey Stoopid
album, and released two very popular instructional videos on playing guitar.
He secured a tour with Rush for his solo material, then turned around
and had a guitar clinic tour that spanned several continents. His dedication
to teaching his craft has brought him much praise in musician's circles.
Although the nineties saw a decline in the popularity of solo guitar music,
Moore survived the downward trend due to his popular guitar clinics and
quality guitar playing.
Standing tall with fellow guitar heroes Al DiMeola and Joe Satriani, Vinnie
Moore has enjoyed a successful working relationship with Shrapnel records
that has continued past the nineties into the next century. Despite never
cracking the mainstream, Moore still has enjoyed a long and creatively
satisfying career in the world of instrumental guitar.
Mind's Eye (1986)
Time Odyssey (1988)
Out Of Nowhere (1996)
The Maze (1999)
Live! (2000) Live 1999
Defying Gravity (2001)
Vicious Rumours - Soldiers Of The Night (1985)
Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid (with, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Slash)
Various Artists - Deep Purple Tribute: Smoke On The Water (1994)
Official Site: www.vinniemoore.com