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Ax Facts & Stats with UFO’s Vinnie Moore

By Dave B. Roberts (Photo courtesy UFO) - Be sure to check out this interview in its entirety featured in the Ax Facts & Stats Volume 1 book, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Vinnie Moore.

My current job is:
Guitarist with UFO and solo artist.

My hometown:
Northern Delaware.

My current album or project is:
Vinnie Moore - To the Core / UFO - The Visitor.

Former bands:
Alice Cooper. Vicious Rumors.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Jeff Beck, Robin Trower, Larry Carlton, Al Dimeola and many more.

The guitars I use are:
Dean - vinman2000's.

The strings and tunings I use are:
10 through 46. I normally tune down a half step, but also use open G, drop D, and all strings down a whole step.

My current rig setup consists of:
Dean Guitar, Dunlop Wah, xotic FX BB pedal, T Rex Reptile, Boss tu-2 tuner, boss dd3 delay. Engl and Marshall amps.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
The pickup and amplifier.

My normal songwriting process consists of:
Just play guitar and don’t think about it. When the inspiration appears, I record the ideas with a zoom q3.then when I have a bunch of related things, I go into my studio and start to record and arrange the ideas until I have a finished song.

My favorite guitar solo from our band:
End solo on “Remorse” from my To the Core cd.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
Too many to even attempt choosing only one. Sorry.

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
“My Ding-a-Ling” by Chuck Berry.

Favorite song by our band:
UFO – “Baby Blue.”

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:
Any one that makes chicks shake their hips.

My Career highlight thus far is:
Getting chicks who shake their hips to come to my hotel.

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
When my rig stopped working in front of 8000 people and no one could figure out how to fix it.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
“Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company.

My first guitar was:
A Teisco from JC Penney's.

If I am only sure of one thing in life, it’s:
I am addicted to playing and creating music.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
I like to be backstage at least one hour before show to be relaxed and in my comfort zone. 30 minutes before show I change from the black jeans and black t shirt that I am already wearing, to black jeans and black t shirt that pretty much are the same as what I was already wearing. (Go figure). I also like to have a guitar to noodle around on just after the clothes change. If I am jet lagged or really tired, a couple of coffee's or Red Bulls are a godsend. Yawning onstage is just not ROCK!

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
When I was chosen to record guitar solos for a national Pepsi television commercial that was filmed in Los Angeles.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
I am very shy when I don’t know someone and avoid social situations unless they happen to involve 2 hot nude women.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Ya gotta love what you're doing and do it with blind passion. Express your whole existence and everything you feel through your playing.

CD(s) I'm listening to right now:
Korn greatest hits volume 1.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
Deep Purple – “Machine Head,” Jeff Beck – “Wired,” Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Couldn’t Stand The Weather.” So many more!

Best gig:
Too many to mention just one. But best frame of mind for a gig is always when I am free of my conscious mind and the music flows with minimal thought.

My biggest pet peeve:
People smoking around me, people who talk but don’t listen, and girls who won’t date me.

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
“Absolutely.”

The hardest part of my job:
Lots of travel, sleep deprivation, and being away from home.

What I like to do in my “off” time:
Watch Youporn and I like building stuff and making homebrew beer.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
Make a pot of coffee and then write bills. Real fun stuff, huh?

Previous or first day job:
I painted houses one summer and then the company I worked for got a big job at a factory painting pipes that were close to the ceiling. I had to climb up a scaffolding 90 feet high and this turned me into an instant wuss. I am petrified of heights and had to quit that job. Falling 90 feet is not something that typically appeals to me.

Right after this interview I'm going to:
I am going to go to bed. I am in a hotel in Bremen Germany. We just did our 1st gig of this tour. 30 minutes ago a girl was outside on the streets facing our hotel and calling out my name but she had her boyfriend with her. What the hell was she thinking? Ha-ha. I devised a little plan which involved me hitting him in the head with a rock from 30 feet away. Then when he was knocked out I could ask her in for a beer, but then I realized that it could have all gone wrong if I instead accidentally hit HER on the head so I had to accept defeat and aborted the plan. Hmmmm....

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
Record Producer.

Favorite movie:
This is probably gonna sound gay, but I am not a big movie or TV guy. It seems that I haven’t seen most of the movies people are talking about. I am a big sports guy and usually watch baseball, hockey, or football on TV, although I must be honest; I was totally addicted to LOST.

My mission in life:
To be able to continue doing what I love doing; playing and writing music.

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
Jim Croce.

My next goal is:
To do a vocal record with different singers.

I’m a sucker for:
Nice people… especially when they're beautiful woman… and kids selling stuff; I can’t say no.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
The guitar has helped me become aware of who I am as a person by making me realize that I am creative, and artistic, and it has allowed me to use it as a vehicle to express my creativity.

Check out our Website at:
www.vinniemoore.com

The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be:
Ritchie Blackmore - but don’t hold your breath on that one.

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
1. To be able to play and write music forever. 2. I'd like to see a more peaceful world to leave for our children. 3. That I could pass on some of the things I have learned in my life to others.

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
Maybe 10 or 20 years. 30 would be just frikkin incredible. I may have to kill someone or do something horrendous like that to get the 30 year bonus send off though. Hahahaha!

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