Empty Rooms

Album: Victims of the Future (1983)
Charted: 51

Songfacts®:

  • This is a song with which everyone who has ever had a broken romance will identify. Although he could shred with the best of them, "Empty Rooms" is basically a slow bluesy type track, and is widely regarded as Moore's greatest guitar solo. It was co-written in 1984 with keyboard player/guitarist Neil Carter, who said the vocal track was originally laid down by Glenn Hughes - one-time bass player with Deep Purple - but this "obviously never made it out of the studio". Of the track itself, Carter said "I always joke that song has bought my house, but I suppose it probably has over the years!"
  • "Empty Rooms" was released as a single in both 7-inch and 12-inch formats, although the radio edit really doesn't do it justice. Gary Moore died suddenly in Spain on February 6, 2011 aged only 58, leaving more than a mere room empty, but also leaving us many fine live recordings of this rock classic.
  • In Happy Together, an interview with Gary Moore and Phil Lynott by Derek Oliver published in a May 1985 issue of Kerrang!, Moore said of this song, it is "very personal. It wasn't written because I felt sorry for myself, it was something I went through at one time - something that everyone goes through at one stage or another." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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