UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore will release his long-awaited new solo album October 23 on Mind’s Eye Music.
Titled Aerial Visions, it will be Moore’s eighth solo album. His band lineup for the record includes Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, MSG), bassists Dave LaRue (Steve Morse Band, Flying Colors, The Dregs), Rob DeLuca (UFO, Sebastian Bach), Dorian Heartsong (Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience), and drummer Richie Monica (Tantric, Poppa Chubby).
In addition to his solo work, Moore has released five albums as a member of UFO and one album with the band Red Zone Rider.
The release of Aerial Visions will be great news for Moore’s fans, who have been waiting for a new album from the guitarist since he released To the Core in 2009.
“I have been touring all over the world pretty nonstop for the past 12 years,” Moore explains. “I started this record about two years ago and have been working on it while at home.
“I’m totally jacked up about getting it out there for others to hear as well as playing these songs live. Two of the songs on Aerial were written as instrumentals but were included on a UFO record with vocals. I have also done a cover of ZZ Top's ‘La Grange.’ which I have always thought is one of the coolest songs ever. I have done ZZ covers onstage a lot.”
Though he is an active member in UFO, Moore still enjoys putting out solo records, where he can let his guitar prowess shine.
“With my solo records I can cover a lot more territory stylistically,” he says. “I enjoy this freedom to be able to follow my muse wherever it leads. All of my influences are in there, from rock to blues to be-bop to funk. I am into so many different styles of music that I can’t help myself. I’m basically a slave to it all, and so there are inspirations from everywhere.
“Having said that, being a songwriter is the most important thing to me. I try to use my inspiration to create a mood and take the listener on a little journey to wherever.”