Vinnie Moore

Vincent "Vinnie" Moore (born April 14, 1964) is an American guitarist and a member of the British hard rock band UFO.[2] Moore is one of the most influential and important guitarists to emerge from the virtuoso boom in the mid to late eighties.[1]

Vinnie Moore
Vinnie Moore, 2011
Background information
Birth nameVincent Moore
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964
New Castle, Delaware, United States
GenresNeoclassical metal, hard rock, heavy metal, instrumental rock[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboard
Years active1986–present
Associated actsUFO, Alice Cooper, Vicious Rumors, Red Zone Rider


Moore was born in New Castle, Delaware, only a couple of miles from fellow musicians George Thorogood (and The Delaware Destroyers). He began his professional career at age 12 after receiving a guitar as a Christmas present. During a 2018 interview, Moore stated, "I got my first guitar for Christmas when I was like 12, basically just because I saw a picture of a guitar in a catalog, a JCPenney's catalog.  I thought, 'Hey that looks pretty cool.  I want that.'  That was my motivation at the time, and I got it for Christmas, and really didn't bother with it a whole lot.  Then, I started taking lessons for the next year.  Then I really started to get obsessed with it."R.Y.A.N. - Season 2, Episode 5: Vinnie Moore During that same interview, Moore was asked who his earliest teachers were, and he stated, "The first teacher was Mary Biddle, and I studied for a year with her, just some basic lessons at the local music shop.  After about a year, I had advanced, and she referred me to another guy named Nick Bucci, who was a great player in my local area.  He was studying jazz guitar with Pat Martino, and was also a rock guy, and he just taught me a lot of stuff; theory, and exercises, and all different kinds of stuff to make me become a better player and musician."R.Y.A.N. - Season 2, Episode 5: Vinnie Moore Moore 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).[2][4] Following this, Moore recorded his first solo album, Mind's Eye (1986), released on Shrapnel Records and featuring Tony MacAlpine on keyboards. The album received several awards from guitar magazines and sold over 100,000 copies.

Vinnie Moore played lead guitar with the heavy metal band Vicious Rumors on their debut album, Soldiers of the Night (1985). 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. Moore also began performing with other hard rock and heavy metal bands.

Moore joined Alice Cooper's band for a tour and then appeared on the Hey Stoopid (1991) album.[5] Moore released two instructional videos on guitar playing.[6][7]

Moore has been the lead guitarist for UFO since June 2003, releasing his first studio album with them You Are Here the following year in 2004. This has been followed by The Monkey Puzzle (2006), The Visitor (2009), Seven Deadly (2012) and A Conspiracy of Stars (2015).

On August 5, 2013, Moore came on stage to perform live with Peter Frampton on Frampton's Guitar Circus concert at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Moore is playing guitar on Red Zone Rider's debut album Red Zone Rider released September 16, 2014.[2]


Moore is currently endorsed by Dean guitars, with whom he has several signature models. Prior to his endorsement with Dean, he used guitars made by various other brands over the years including Ibanez and Fender, most notably the Talon model that was manufactured by Heartfield, one of Fender's sub brands. Moore also currently uses ENGL amplifiers and DiMarzio pickups.


Solo albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Mind's Eye
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL[9]
Time Odyssey
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Relativity
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
Out of Nowhere
  • Released: April 16, 1996
  • Label: Mayhem
  • Formats: CD
The Maze
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[11]
Defying Gravity
  • Released: July 10, 2001
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[12]
To the Core
  • Released: May 26, 2009
  • Label: Mascot
  • Formats: CD, DL[13]
Aerial Visions
  • Released: October 23, 2015
  • Label: Mind's Eye Music
  • Formats: Digital, CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Collection: The Shrapnel Years
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[14]

Live albums

Title Album details
  • Released: January 25, 2000
  • Label: Shrapnel Records
  • Formats: CD, DL[15]

Instructional videos

Title Album details
Advanced Lead Guitar Techniques
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS
Speed, Accuracy, & Articulation
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS

Other appearances

Title Year Notes
Vicious RumorsSoldiers of the Night 1985 band member
Alice CooperHey Stoopid 1991 band member
UFOYou Are Here 2004 band member
Jordan RudessRhythm of Time 2004 guest
UFOShowtime 2005 band member
UFOThe Monkey Puzzle 2006 band member
DestructionD.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 2008 guest
Michael Angelo BatioHands Without Shadows 2 – Voices 2009 guest
UFOThe Visitor 2009 band member
Glen DroverMetalusion 2011 guest
UFOSeven Deadly 2012 band member
Red Zone Rider – Red Zone Rider 2014 band member
UFOA Conspiracy of Stars 2015 band member


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  9. "Mind's Eye by Vinnie Moore" via
  10. "Sludge Scan As of January 16, 2000". Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  11. "The Maze by Vinnie Moore" via
  12. "Defying Gravity by Vinnie Moore" via
  13. "To the Core by Vinnie Moore" via
  14. "The Shrapnel Years by Vinnie Moore" via
  15. "Vinnie Moore (Live) by Vinnie Moore" via
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