Samson lead singer and heavy metal pioneer Nicky Moore has died (pictured above, far left) He was 75 years old.
Moore’s death was confirmed on his official Facebook page, which said he died Wednesday morning. According to the rock site Louder, he was living with Parkinson’s disease.
“It is with immense sadness and almost unbearably heavy hearts that we must all let you know that Nicky – a larger than life man in body and mind – sadly passed away this morning,” the statement read. “A man who lived a thousand lives in one decided he needed a rest. Rest well dear friend. We will all miss you x”
Moore was born in Devon, UK on June 21, 1947. He began his musical career as an altar boy before moving into rock and eventually heavy metal. He co-founded the band Hackensack in the early 1970s before joining Tiger and, importantly, joining Samson as lead singer in 1981. Moore replaced Bruce Dickinson, who had left the band to join Iron Maiden.
By the end of the 1980s, Moore had also left the group, before joining the following decade. In the 1990s he also formed another band, Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation, which were voted the best live blues band by BBC Radio 2 listeners in 2000.
Alongside his own music, Moore worked as a vocal coach and in 1998 he appeared in the BBC docu-soup “Lakesiders” featuring his vocal work. He has also written jingles and done voice-over work for brands such as the BBC.
The singer once gave a famous concert as a result of a car accident, in which he suffered two broken ribs. “People pay money to come see you, you don’t let them down, and if there’s any possible way for me to sing, whether it’s with two broken ribs or a falling arm, or if I ‘ve got the flu or whatever – if I can sing I won’t let them down,” he said in an interview. “I think people have known that for years – you can count the number concerts that I had to miss on the one hand over the last few years. I did my best to make it happen. »
Among those who paid tribute to the singer was director Jonas Akerlund, who posted on Instagram “RIP” alongside a photo of Moore at the Marquee Club in London in 1982 with Dickinson and Frederick Melander of Swedish black metal band Bathory .
Moore is survived by his wife Maggie, daughter Mandy and sons Steve, Chris, Nick Jr and Timmy.