ORIGINATE, INNOVATE, DON’T DEVIATE
Tony’s musical career began when he moved from his hometown of Bristol to London after answering an advert in a music magazine for an early lineup of the group, IRON MAIDEN, where he took on the role of keyboard/synth player. The band were unknown at that point and Tony worked and rehearsed with them for some time until, after playing their first live show together, he felt keyboards didn’t really work in the band and decided to leave.
After quitting Iron Maiden, Tony teamed up with Brian James (from The Damned) to form a group called Tanz Der Youth, recording one single called “I’m Sorry I’m Sorry” for Radar Records (home of Elvis Costello). Although a short-lived line up, the band toured opening for The Stranglers, and Black Sabbath as well as being at the forefront of the New Wave movement in London where they were also championed by the legendary John Peel.
In the early 80’s, Tony formed a band as a vehicle for his singing and songwriting talents, called Radio Java. He signed to Carrerre Records and they made an album at the legendary Abbey Road studios. From that album they scored an airplay hit in Holland at Xmas 1983 with a song called FOOL.
In the Mid 80’s Tony joined the band CUTTING CREW (“I just died in your arms tonight”). With the band he toured the world including playing massive US shows opening for Huey Lewis, Starship, and the Bangles as well as doing many headline gigs. They were the first Western band to play to an audience allowed to dance and stand up in Taiwan, and almost caused a riot amongst the 60,000 inside as well as the tens of thousands who couldn’t get in.
After leaving Cutting Crew during the making of the second album, he went on to write, play, record, produce and tour with Marie Claire D’ubaldo (Songwriter of Falling into you for Celine Dion) and once more perform around the world supporting her great success in countries like Italy, Russia, Japan, and Latin America.
Tony was the artistic architect responsible for creating and building the critically acclaimed Kashmir Klub in 1997. The Kashmir was a unique venue in central London that was at the heart of the new singer/songwriter acoustic revolution in the UK. He hosted debut and early performances from emerging acts like Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, Lucie Silvas, Ed Harcourt and Tom Baxter as well as secret sets from Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Dave Stewart to mention a few.
In 2003 (after the Kashmir Klub closed) Tony took over bookingThe Bedford in Balham. Under his musical stewardship the venue grew into an award-winning location. In 2004 it won Best Pub in the country and twice won the best pub and club award. The Bedford has staged unique performances from Pete Townshend, The Finn Brothers, Kiki Dee, Willy Mason as well as been a launch pad for the careers of acts such as James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, James Bay and Ed Sheeran.
In 2004 Tony began a 3-year run as co-host of an overnight chat show on BBC London where he brought in many of the acts that he was championing and gave Londoners their first chance to hear artists like Imogen Heap and Paolo Nutini. At the end 2004 Tony Moore was made the sole Inductee into the MMF (Music Managers Forum) Roll Of Honour for outstanding contribution to the British Music Industry.
For many years he produced and presented the British Acoustic Stage at the music conference MIDEM in Cannes, working directly with the UK Music Industry to establish on of the most important showcases of the year.
In the Autumn of 2006 Tony worked closely with “AEG Live” in the development of indigO2, the club in London’s O2 Arena, after which he went on to produce and host a series of highly successful monthly shows called The Bedford Bandstand that brought innovative music to new audiences.
During August 2007, Tony embarked on a unique touring concept called Acoustic Airwaves. As a newly qualified pilot he took a small single engine aircraft, put a PA system and music equipment in the back and flew himself to 15 different airfields around the country where he set up and played informal acoustic sets to raise money and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust.
In 2008 he co-produced and presented a live TV show called ” Let’s Talk Music” on prime-time TV in Malta, which went on to be one of the most popular TV Programmes in the country. Tony was honoured with a “GOLD STAR” and his handprint in cement in the Maltese “Walk of Fame”. This became such a popular show that it was repeated 3 times during the Summer of 2008!
In July 2008 Tony was the opening act for Duran Duran as they finished their world Tour in Malta.
Tony was awarded a “GOLD BADGE” by the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors in October of 2010, for his services to songwriters and his major contribution to the creative industry.
Tony met new singer iLO in April 2011 and began writing and touring with her. Since releasing her debut album Tony and iLO have continued working, writing songs together and have played shows around the world.
In April 2014, Tony was invited to present his own highly acclaimed weekly music show on Soho Radio in London (www.sohoradiolondon.com) which won “Best Online Radio In The World” in 2016. Presently Soho Radio has excess of a million streams a month. Tony Moore’s Musical Emporium presents an eclectic mix of new and established artists, live sessions, and interviews currently on Saturday’s from noon – 2 pm on Soho’s Culture Channel.
On June 30th 2019 Tony performed his own composition “We Are The Light” at the closing ceremony of the European Games 2019 in Minsk, Belarus to a sold out stadium audience in front of special guest Vladamir Putin. The show was also televised live to 117 countries with an estimated audience of around 500,000,000 people.
During lockdown Tony took his live performance to the internet and has now done in excess of 210 online shows to date, building a community all around the globe.
October 2020 saw him launch his own signature label of Italian wine – “The Route 66 Tony Moore collection” in collaboration with the award winning Torti winery in Lombardy and the official trademark owners of Route 66 worldwide.
On July 2nd 2021, Tony released his own unique take on the Rock And Roll Classic “Route 66” as his first single of the year.
Currently he has just finished writing and recording a brand new album called AWAKE that, although un released so far, he is supporting with some highly acclaimed one man shows in London.
Quotes about Tony Moore:
“Tony believed in me, gave me a stage to be seen and a platform to be heard. I loved those days – we had fun and Tony will always be a legend to me!!!!” Paolo Nutini
“Tony is a total rock of strength to anyone doubting that music is their path in life – I aspire to remain as in love and involved with it as he is.” KT Tunstall
“Tony’s passion for music is clear for anyone to see. He makes anything seem possible and has been a huge force in my career so far”. Lucie Silvas
“The Godfather of live music in London” – Jo Good, BBC London