In this video, we take a journey through the history of the electric guitar solo. We begin with Chuck Berry and end with John Mayer.
The video is not exactly chronological and there are some unforgivable exclusions, but it's still somewhat interesting. It does makes some points about how the electric guitar solo has evolved over the years. Also, we like the Fact Man.
But, the guitarist smashed a guitar and not the one he played. What's rock and roll about that?
Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
John Lennon of The Beatles: Day Tripper
Pete Townshend of The Who: Pinball Wizard
Hank Marvin of The Shadows: Apache
Jim Fuller of The Safaris: Wipeout
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile
Carlos Santana: Black Magic Woman
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love
Brian May of Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
Eric Clapton of Derek and the Dominoes: Layla
Angus Young of AC/DC: Highway to Hell
Mark Knopler of Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing
Neal Schon of Journey: Don't Stop Believing
Randy Rhoads for Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train
Eddie Van Halen for Michael Jackson: Beat It
Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme: Play With Me
Slash of Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana: In Bloom
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day: When I Come Around
Jerry Horton of Papa Roach: Last Resort
Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead: Paranoid Android
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine: Killing in the Name
Matt Bellamy of Muse: Plug in Baby
Jack White of The White Stripes: Icky Thump
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age: Make it Wit Chu
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys: Tighten Up
John Mayer: Belief
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