When I saw the thread title, the first name that came to my mind was Nils Lofgren-his solo stuff, or with Springsteen or Neil Young-the guy's unbelievable. I don't think he'd be high on the list, but it's surprising that he's not there at all.
Where is Ace Frehley? He is sloppy as hell, but at least 50% of rock guitarists wouldnt have picked up an axe if not for him.
Steve Stevens should be here, as should Stanley Jordan (anybody who can play STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN on two guitars at once should get SOME love)
But, the one thing I find amusing is everybody is up in arms about Jack White being so high, but nobody mentions that fucking DUANE ALLMAN IS NUMBER TWO ON THIS LIST! WTF?
Marty Friedman, Rick Nielson, Satriani, Vai, Bonnie Raitte (I could never spell her name) all deserve spots. ANd John Sykes is a GOD on the axe. Such thick tone, such quick fingers, and can play a melody beautifully!
Originally posted by j9479 Pffth... why hate on the minutemen?
I don't hate, I appreciate. I'm just saying, nobody really gives a damn about them, by and large.
Oh, and Nuno Bettencourt went to my high school. We were all pretty proud of that for a while, but my the time I got there, "More Than Words" had passed and my algebra teacher was giving away cassette copies of "III Sides to Every Story".
Oh yeah, baby. Yours, mine, and the truth.
"We have to fight back. But we can't fight like they do. The Right's entertainment value comes from their willingness to lie and distort. Ours will have to come from being funny and attractive." -Al Franken
Well, given that there were NO Country artists on the list (and Stevie Ray Vaughn is nowhere near Country) that makes it a farce at best.
Chet Atkins is top 5 at least. Jerry Reed is damn good, as is Roy Clark. There may be tens more that I can't come up with at the moment.
And where is Adrian Belew on this list? No love for the Twang Bar King?
The ghost of a steam train - echoes down my track It's at the moment bound for nowhere - just going round and round Playground kids and creaking swings - lost laughter in the breeze I could go on for hours and I probably will - but I'd sooner put some joy back In this town called malice
Gotta agree with Roy Clark. The man has, bar none, the fastest fingers I have ever seen in my life. Faster than Via, Van Halen, or any other "speed metal" guy you can name, plus he can play just a beautiful melody.
Originally posted by canuckloverOthers I think should be lower: Jerry Garcia, The Edge (again, riffs a-plenty but little top notch lead work), BB King, Johnny Ramone, Duane Allman
DO NOT be talking smack about Johnny Ramone! He helped create the whole punk scene, people. I was alive for this! Ask Chris. He knows I'm old. Most of you only heard the Ramones in the past tense. As it was happening, they changed the face of American music. Johnny at #16 seems about right to me.
Sadly, it's also pretty effective, as evidenced by the fact that more than a dozen posts into this discussion no one has mentioned the award winner. For those interested, it was American Idol's Carrie Underwood.