Ok, this debate has been gonig on for years now: Why do mainstream bands not have solos? And people think that automatically "The Solo" will bring back good music. I think it will help, but think about what makes a good solo.
01. You need to have some actual talent. Duh.
02. Being original is key, anyone can play a million miles a minute, but the truly revolutionary soloists are truly the most gifted.
03. It's not too long. When people go on for ten minutes playing the strings out of tuning yea its cool, but a nice one-minute solo that you can memorize in your brain making you long for me is what really makes it that good.
Take for example the solo in "Stairway To Heaven". By no means do I think its the most amazing solo ever recorded, (I reserve that for Hendrix songs) but its about 30 seconds in length (the real bulk of it at least) and is put on such a platform above all the other solos you can easily hear from a Hair Metal Band. I love a good thrash solo from Eddie Van Halen, but it cna get repetitive. (Although Van Halen is a genius in my opinion, nothing to Hendrix though.)
04. A climax. A lot of metal solos end with the highest note in the scale bent to high heavens with an obvious build up to it. A real master of the guitar can stick the climax where you don't really expect, and then go down, right back to the rhythm. (Yes, I believe Hendrix mastered this, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn) Also David Gilmour certainly didn't play terribly fast, but the drama in his solos were incredible.
05. Not being obvious. Metal solos are obvious, admit it folks. You know when they are going to bend, they are gonna do 3 notes per string and play it all as 16th or 32nd notes. Before the Metal explosion and such around 1980 guitarists made a point to be original (usually) and wanted to create their own sound.
06. Changing the sound of solos. I love fast-paced, bending-crazy, pentatonic scale solos. But using different modes makes different solos actually sound different. And changing one's distortion is another element, don't drench your guitar in overdrive everytime, change it, make it sound cool.
So my message is: Not only do we need the solo back for good Rock and Roll, but we also need people who want to be original.
And for a quick throw in I'd like to list my ten favorite guitarists of all time:
1. Jimi Hendrix 2. Stevie Ray Vaughn 3. Jimmy Page 4. Eric Clapton 5. David Gilmour 6. Eddie Van Halen 7. Carlos Santana 8. Jeff Beck 9. Robert Randolph 10. (tie)Sheldon Reynolds (EWF)/Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic)
Thanks for your time folks, enjoy!