RIP Nicky Moore, lead singer of metal band Samson, dies at 75

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Nicky Moore, the singer who took the place of Bruce Dickinson in British metal band Samson, has died aged 75. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and lived his last days in a nursing home.

Moore took Dickinson’s place in 1981 after the latter left to join Iron Maiden. Moore would record three studio albums with Samson before his departure in 1986: Before the storm (1982), Don’t get mad, be equal (1984), and Joint Forces (1986).

A much bigger man than Dickinson, Moore – who had previously sung for UK bands Hackensack and Tiger – brought a more bluesy vocal delivery that steered Samson in a different direction. Shifting from the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” sound of the first three albums, Before the storm introduced a more AOR/hard rock edge, with Moore’s vocals matching the slick guitar work of band mastermind Paul Samson (d. 2002).

Moore would leave Samson in 1986 to form British hard rock band Mammoth. The group will release their first self-titled album in 1989 before quickly disbanding (a reunion album XXL came out in 1998).

A prolific writer and singer, Moore then fronted From Behind (with recently deceased former Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton) in the early 2000s and sang with former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth in Electric Sun. Moore also had two solo projects: the Nicky Moore Band and Nicky Moore & the Blues Corporation.

Samson and Moore would reunite in 2000 for a series of live performances, appearing at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and recording a live album, live in london 2000.

Revisit Samson’s performance with Moore at Wacken below.

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