Music Mail 01.2007
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“Ready An’ Willing” – The outstanding guitarist, Micky Moody, at the Musikmesse for the second time.

The English rock guitarist, Micky Moody became internationally well-known in the eighties because of his collaboration with the successful hard-rock band Whitesnake. He is highly regarded in professional circles and among musical colleagues for countless projects as a studio and session guitarist. And, moreover, he is pleasant and self-effacing – always with a beard and often wearing a hat or pirate’s headscarf. Since the English musician will be appearing as a guest performer for the second time at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, his musical career is to be honoured here.

He was born on 30 August 1950 in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, and it was here that Micky Moody first appeared in public in 1964. With Paul Rodgers (later Free and Bad Company; now Queen) on bass, he and Road Runners, his band at the time, played songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. He took inspiration from guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield. At the end of the sixties, Moody was working with the legendary Rhythm & Blues Musician Zoot Money. After an album and a tour with John Mayall, the keyboard player and singer, Zoot Money, joined Eric Burdon’s New Animals and with Andy Summers (later Police) recorded the album, ‘Love is’. Micky Moody moved over to Juicy Lucy, a Rhythm’n’Blues band with rock overtones, who had already had a hit in Great Britain in 1969 with ‘Who Do You Love’.

Three albums and several European tours later he founded the funky rock group Snafu (short for: Situation normal, all fucked-up) with drummer and singer, Bobby Harrison (ex-Procol Harum, ex-Freedom). They took the name from the Captain Beefheart Song “Big Eyed Beans From Venus”. From 1973 to 1976 three records appeared, which took their musical inspiration from Little Feat and the Allman Brothers. It was during this phase that Micky Moody invented his unique slide guitar technique which marks him out to this day. One of many tours took him to the USA, performing in the support programme for Emerson Lake and Palmer and The Eagles.

It was as a result of Snafu’s appearance in Munich that David Coverdale first took notice of Micky Moody. They had, in any case, both already met in 1968 in Middlesborough, where Coverdale was at Art College and earned money as a singer in the band ‘The Governments’. Because of the terms of his contract, he moved to Germany when Deep Purple split up and lived there with his wife in the little Bavarian village of Wartaweil am Ammersee. This is where, a while later, he and Moody wrote David Coverdale’s first solo album ‘White Snake’ and then, six months later, album no. 2, ‘Northwinds’. It was not until 1978 that the band Whitesnake grew out of Coverdale’s solo project, with a line-up which included, as well as Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden (guitar), Neil Murray (bass), Dave Dowle (drums), Pete Solley (keyboard), and later Jon Lord (keyboard).

Micky Moody recorded eight albums with Whitesnake, the most successful of which was ‘Come and get it’. Countless tours took him to many of the big venues throughout the world. But in October 1983, after ‘Slide it in’, it was time to pack up. After several changes of the band’s membership, the old camaraderie was no longer there in Whitesnake, so that Moody – fed up and emotionally drained – left the band to take some musical ‘time out’.

In subsequent years, he was involved in the widest possible variety of musical projects as a studio and tour guitarist as well as a session guitarist and, importantly, did his fair share of composing: Mike Oldfield, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Status Quo’s drum player, John Coughlan, appreciated his professional and unaffected approach, as did Roger Chapman, Sheena Easton, Graham Bonnet and Chris Farlowe.

With his long-standing friend of many years, Bernie Marsden, Moody founded the Moody Marsden Band in the eighties. In 1992, with their live album ‘Never Turn Our Back on the Blues’, they once more managed to confirm their status as top international guitarists. At the end of the nineties, Marsden instigated the project initially called The Snakes, later The Company of Snakes. With an ever-changing variety of performers, Moody and Marsden recreated musically the earlier days of Whitesnake and published four successful albums between the years 1998 and 2002. Since 2004 the band has been called M3 Classic Whitesnake, which has, from the beginning, been under an obligation to its name.

Through guitarist Jay Stapley, who had been with Marius-Müller Westernhagen for many years, Micky Moody was brought on board for Westernhagen’s album ‘Nah Aufnahme’ in 2005. On that album he played slide guitar for the ‘Daneben’ track and the dobro (resonator guitar) for the tracks ‘Eins’ and ‘Liebst Du Mich’. Moody’s second solo album ‘Don’t Blame Me’ appeared in 2006, six years after his solo debut ‘I Eat Them For Breakfast’.

Micky Moody


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