Its hard to pick up a guitar magazine, or read this sight without some complaining rock is dead or dying, am I right? It seems that Page, Clapton, May, Hendrix have "done everything" and people constantly moan that there are no great guitarists of our generation. Or their all underground. Well its time to set the record straight. The following is a list of guitarists that we ALL know and are equal to the fore mentioned giants. So here goes.
- Member of one of the most beloved bands ever. - Tastefull solo player. - Unselfish player. - A definate legend in his own time. From funk to traditional rock and roll John has dominated our ears, on the radio and our cd collections.
While Cornell might be dragging his reputation through the mud (everyone wants Zack, lets be honest) this man has changed the way we look at a guitar. He approached with a number of angles (and tools!) and brought the distinct sound to Rage. He will be forever remembered for the style Rage brought and the many causes he stood for.
Radiohead are famous for their obsession with killing the past, making an album different each time. Every Radiohead song is different from the last and as such, Jonny earns a place here. He tought us that effects are a garment not a mask, add them to you guitar dont hide it. And that instrument wise, why stop at the guitar? Striving for perfection is something we could all take away from Radiohead and Jonny.
Recognized as a genius among many circles. A very talented member of a very talented band and proof that its possible to be tastefully heavy. He is one of the reasons why it is so impossible to pin down the incubus sound and a varied band always go further.
I thought long about this one. He is not famous for his guitar playing but drawing insperation from the Pumpkins is easy. An expression of the thoughts we all feel and branches to every type of rock are what you find in the Pumpkins back cataloge. Every bit as talented as Cobain, he just didnt kill himself and as such didnt get the attention.
They are pretty adored right now and rightly so. Riff wise, solos and piano playing are all huge becons of his talent and the undead corase of rock. Its still very much alive and this man prooves it. With MTV touting this bands videos its easy to see they will become legends.
I'd love to see their awards cabinet! Another tastefull guitarist. You see unlike the past legends, many of these guitarists arnt "widdlers" "morse code senders" and Edge is a perfect example. Solos are sadly dying yet its not all bad.
Written many classic tunes and one hell of a player. To play and sing like that is something we should all be envious of, but thats why the manics are loved so much.
There you go, all I can think of, in 1/2 an hour. Feel free to agree disagree and add you own. Note any dead or retired guitarists didnt make it. The rock scene aint dead, its just resting. These guitarists, like them or not are talented and influencial.