“Gary Moore was a formidable character and seemed a bit moody, but I respected him as a guitarist”: Neil Carter discusses his near 30-year relationship with the British blues rock great – and why, when it comes to UFO, he’s learned to never say never

Neil Carter
(Image credit: Luciano J Bilotti)

With a deep love for glam rock, Neil Carter became a professional musician at 17 with Gilbert O’Sullivan, before joining UFO in 1981 then riding shotgun with Gary Moore in 1983.

He left the rock world at 30, becoming a teacher of woodwind instruments, then returned for Moore’s final ride in 2010, and then rejoined UFO in 2019. Recently he’s been working singer Phil Mogg’s solo music.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.