Former Samson frontman Nicky Moore has died aged 75

Nicky Moore, the vocalist who followed Bruce Dickinson as frontman for the British metal band Samson, has died on Wednesday (August 3) aged 75.

“It is with immense sadness and almost unbearably heavy hearts that we have to tell you all that Nicky – a larger than life man in body and spirit – sadly passed away this morning. A man who lived a thousand lives in just one has decided he needed a rest. Rest well dear friend. We will all miss you x,” read a message posted on Moore’s Facebook page.

Samson already had three albums under his belt when Moore came on board after Dickinson left the group to join Iron Maiden. Recruited after starting his career in the bands Hackensack and Tiger, Moore’s first album was 1982’s Before the Storm. Moore actually served several stints in the band, fronting the group through 1984, then returning briefly in 1986 after the group disbanded and Paul Samson recorded solo. Instead of returning to the Samson reunion in 1987, Moore turned his attention to Mammoth, a group with Gillan bassist John McCoy. He recorded two albums with that band.

In the 90s, Moore sang as part of Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation, but another reunion with Samson followed in the early 2000s. However, the band ended with the death of guitarist Paul Samson in 2002. Moore’s career would continue in 2006 as a member of the group Far Behind.

Director Jonas Akerlund was among those who paid tribute, sharing a photo taken in 1982 at the Marquee Club.

Revisit some of Moore’s work with Samson below.

Samson, “Losing My Grip”

Samson, “Red Skies”

Samson, “The Fight Goes On”

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