R.I.P. LeRoi Moore

LeRoi Moore

LeRoi Moore

I was shocked and saddened today by the news that the saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band, LeRoi Moore, has passed away at age 46. Apparently, in June, Moore had suffered an ATV accident that left him with a punctured lung and his death was due to complications arising from that injury. As an avid DMB fan who’s seen over 25 shows, I was always amazed by his skill on a variety of instruments. This passing is not only unfortunate to family, friends and fans, but a huge blow to the band. Moore’s work on the various woodwind instruments was always a highlight and a most important part of the band’s chemistry and sound. His trademark sunglasses on stage supposedly helped him close his eyes and overcome his stage fright, while letting his music speak for him. In his years with the Band, Moore helped explore the various world themes of their music while also expanding the jazz sound within a rock genre. His live solos on “#41,” his signature baritone sound on such songs as “What Would You Say” and “Too Much,” and his woodwind work on such songs as “Cry Freedom” and “Say Goodbye” helped shape the sound and momentum of the band. He will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. Moore was a musician who was constantly looking for ways to evolve and diversify his sound, and his contributions to both the saxophone and the rock scene will be remembered.

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8 Responses to “R.I.P. LeRoi Moore”


  1. 1 Gavroche August 20, 2008 at 10:46 am

    RIP Leroi! DMB was an integral part of my rapidly fading youth, and it’s sad to see him go.

  2. 2 Kevin August 20, 2008 at 11:06 am

    As far as Im concerned the music world wont be the same without Leroi. The entire band has played a big part in my life musiclly. I know I only feel a fraction of the pain his family,friends and the rest of the band must feel but we will remember him allways and offer sincere condolences to his friends, family and anyone else that has been sadend by this terrible thing that has happend.

  3. 3 diembe August 20, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    it really is a pity. he was absolutely integral to the band’s sound.

    it’s unusual for a sax player to tackle the soprano, alto, tenor, *and* baritone, and to have such great tone on all four; this always impressed the hell out of me.

  4. 4 Lucius August 20, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    My prayers go out to his family and friends and to all the members of DMB.

    My Tribute to LeRoi Moore – http://www.redux.com/playlist/dave_matthews_band_leroi_moore_tribute

  5. 5 Berns August 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I was truly shocked when I heard the horrible news. I could not believe it! DMB has been a huge part of my life and their music is absoutely magical. Leroi was such and awesome musician! Just hearing his sax or other instrument would just send chills down my spine. He will be missed! Keep rocking Leroi. My thoughts and prayers are with the rest of the band and all of his friends and family!

  6. 6 Rob August 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hard to believe he is gone. Will not be the same without him. Peace be with all the band and family, your in our prayers.

    RIP LeRoi!!

  7. 7 Dr. Scientist August 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    RIP man, you had some good tunage!


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