Graham Bonnet was bandmates with Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, and Yngwie Malmsteen, but called Gary Moore his hero

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By Steve Newton

When I interviewed Graham Bonnet back in 1984 he was fronting a hard-rock/metal band called Alcatrazz that featured an unknown guitarist named Yngwie Malmsteen, who would not stay unknown for long.

Two years earlier Bonnet had been a member of the Michael Schenker Group, which also boasted an amazing guitar player, a guy so good they named the band after him.

And three years before that he was a full-fledged member of Rainbow, which featured a colossal picker by the name of Ritchie Blackmore.

It’s safe to say that Graham Bonnet knew wicked guitarists, since he’d surrounded himself with the very best.

So when he called me up way back when to promote the new Alcatrazz album I asked him who his favourite guitarists were, and the only guy he talked about was Gary Moore.

Like I say, the dude knew wicked guitarists.

Have a listen:

 

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