Thursday, September 30, 2010

Austin City Limits Announces Schedule for 36th Season

TV's Austin City Limits has announced its schedule for the season that starts October 2.  This will be its 36th season as part of the PBS lineup and its last in its original studio which was designated last year as a historic rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The lineup covers a lot of ground, opening with the reggae of Jimmy Cliff through the bluegrass of Steve Martin and the R&B of John Legend and the Roots.  Series executive producer, Terry Lickona, talked about the upcoming studio change and what they wanted to do with the new season.  "This season celebrates one of the most exciting times in ACL’s history.  With that in mind this season will acknowledge some of the key artists who have long histories with ACL, while simultaneously showcasing the fresh, new sounds in today’s music. It’s great to be able to celebrate the past and the future at the same time!

The new studio will be a full-time music venue and will have a state-of-the-art production facility.  According to an ACL press release, the new studio "will enable more fans to watch future live tapings and provide an enhanced experience for all future shows, while maintaining the intimacy, character and integrity that have been the hallmark of Austin City Limits for more than three decades."

The fall schedule for ACL:
  • October 2 - Jimmy Cliff
  • October 9 - Spoon
  • October 16 - Patty Griffin & Friends
  • October 23 - Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty
  • October 30 - Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll
  • November 6 - Steve Martin / Sarah Jarosz
  • November 13 - Rosanne Cash / Brandi Carlile
  • November 20 - John Legend & The Roots

The Who Plan Tour for 2011

TommyA new Q&A just posted on the Who's website with Roger Daltrey reveals that the band is planning a tour for 2011.  "We’re in the planning stages for next year [...] we are planning on doing something. I can’t really talk about specifics yet, but it will be based around a past work."

The exact nature of that "past work" is not known, but later in the interview he reveals that the correct wording might have been "...based around past workS."  

"I would like to be on the road playing as many different kind of shows as we could: maybe doing Quadrophenia one night, and greatest hits the next night.  And Tommy, if I could still sing Tommy. That, to me, would be really good fun. And don’t keep going out with the same show every night – the audience would have to take a chance on what show they actually got."

Video: Neil Young's 38-Minute Film of the Music From Le Noise

Neil Young released a 38-minute film today that contains the music from his new album, Le Noise

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ABBA's Frida & Agnetha Discuss Singing Together

The Definitive CollectionThe discussions earlier this year by the male half of ABBA over a reunion turned out to be just idle speculation on their part, but who knows about the female side.  Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog have reportedly talked recently about singing together again.

Frida, who is now 65, told the U.K. Daily Express "It would be great to do something with Agnetha.  If we did, it would be hard to avoid all the pressure because of Abba. It could never be low-key."

The last time the two singers performed together was in 1983 and neither has been actively pursuing anything in music since the 80's; however, they recently have done some studio work.  Frieda recorded a duet of Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken with Georg Wadenius while Agnetha is reportedly working with Robyn.   

Benefit to Be Held to Help Charlie Louvin in His Fight Against Cancer

The Battle Rage onOn July 30, country legend Charlie Louvin underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer.  Unfortunately, the results were not favorable as was written by his son in August.  "The surgery did not go as planned. He will begin using alternative methods of treatment, going forward."

The medical bills have been piling up, so a benefit has been scheduled for Saturday, October 30 in Louvin's hometown of Bell Buckle, TN.  The event will be at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall with a full day of music planned (artists are to be announced in the near future).  Louvin plans on hosting with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.

Charlie also has a new album coming out on November 9 called The Battle Rages On.  According to his site:
The Battles Rage On is a sweeping and emotional collection of war songs dating back to the American Civil War, and includes the talents of special guests Del McCoury and Jamie Dailey.

Video: YYZ by Rush From New Classic Albums Release

Rush has just released the new DVD 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums.  From that new film, here is a performance of YYZ which was originally on the 1981 album Moving Pictures and was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental at the 1982 Grammys.

Rush - "YYZ" from '2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums'

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Close Encounters of the Memorable Kind

When Ed Dwyer and Jennifer Smith went down to the beach in New Jersey to take engagement photos with their friend, photographer Kella MacPhee, the only thought in their mind was getting some nice pictures for their wedding album.  What they got was a close encounter with a legend.

Dwyer was carrying and playing his guitar, which he was going to use in the photos, when a voice said "Play that box."  That's when Dwyer realized that Bruce Springsteen had been watching him go by.  Ed told the Asbury Park Press that he said to Bruce "'No, you're Bruce Springsteen, so, here, you play.'  I figured if five people are hanging out and one of them is Bruce, he should have the guitar. So I passed it to him."

Springsteen made up a quick song on the pending nuptials and MacPhee snapped photos which will most likely be cherished for many years to come.

Rush Named 2010's Legend of Live by Billboard

Rush may not have made it to the final ballot for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Billboard magazine has named them their 2010 Legend of Live artist.

The award is given each year to the artist or person who have made a "significant and lasting contribution to live music and the touring business."  Previous winners include Elton John (2006), the Allman Brothers (2008) and Ozzy Osbourne (2009).

Rush is one of the few bands that can say that they continue to tour to huge crowds with a lineup that has been together for 36 years.  Two of the three members, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, have been members since 1968 while drummer Neil Peart joined in 1974, right after the release of the group's first album and the exit of original drummer John Rutsey.

Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment, said of Rush "With a remarkable body of live work over the years, altering the course of rock music and raising the bar as to what can be done onstage, along with the band's continued commitment to playing live, we think Rush are uniquely deserving of this award.  From the early days in the bars and clubs of Toronto to stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas around the world, Rush have epitomized professionalism and the spirit of live rock 'n roll, and they boast some of the most passionate and loyal fans in rock."

It was also announced that Jack Johnson will be the 2010 recipient of the Humanitarian Award.  The official presentation of both honors will be made at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York on November 4.

Preview: Viva ELVIS! - Elvis Presley Remixed

Viva ELVIS- The AlbumArtist: Elvis Presley
Title: Viva ELVIS! 
Release Date: November 9, 2010 
Label: Legacy Records 
Format(s): CD, DD

Legacy Recordings, in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil will release the soundtrack album to the production currently playing at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Like the Cirque du Soleil's Love, based on the music of the Beatles, Viva ELVIS! takes the original Presley tracks and "re-imagines" them to fit with the stage production.  The album was produced and arranged by Erich van Tourneau with assistant producer and assistant arranger Hugo "Wedge Montecristo" Bombardier.  Individual tracks were mixed by Brendan O'Brien, Serbain Ghenea, Robert Meunier and van Tourneau.

The producers spent 3,000 hours reviewing everything Elvis, from recordings to films to tapes of live shows and, in the process, pulling more than 17,000 samples.  They used many of those samples, including multiples per song, to fashion the new tracks.

"I would like to acknowledge all of the incredible composers, musicians and technicians responsible for making this music with Elvis originally," said van Tourneau.  "The album Viva ELVIS would not be what it is today if not for their remarkable contributions."
The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva ELVIS - The Album re-imagines the king's own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echoes Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
Here is the first single from the album, the updated version of Suspicious Minds.

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Track List:
  • Opening
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • That's Alright
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • Love Me Tender
  • King Creole
  • Bossa Nova Baby
  • Burning Love
  • Memories
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • You'll Never Walk Alone (piano interlude)
  • Suspicious Minds

Chart Watch Britain: Chart of October 2, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • There's a lot of mixing it up on the charts this week with both old and new releases.  Phil Collins not only takes the top selling album by a veteran artists, but he tops the Albums chart overall with Going Back.  It moves 4 to 1 this week. That's the first time he's hit the top of the British charts with an original album since 1993's Both Sides.
  • The new supergroup Black Country Communion, made up of Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa, premiers at number 13 with their self-titled debut.  It also debuts at the top of the Hard Rock Album chart.
  • Santana's new covers album, Guitar Heaven, starts at number 15, equal to 2002's Shaman.
  • OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark) return to the Album chart with their first new album in 14 years with History of Modern.  It debuts at number 28, the lowest that any of their eleven studio albums has started.
  • Finally, at 54 is the debut of Edwyn Collins' Losing Sleep.
  • On the singles chart, Journey is unseated after 33 weeks as the top selling veteran artists as Tina Turner debuts at 62 with Proud Mary.  Also new, at 98, is the Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) bay A-Ha.
  • AC/DC are knocked out of the top selling veteran artist on the Catalog Albums chart after 15 weeks by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, which is seeing significant sales resurgence with the release of Plant's latest.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.

Going Back
2nd Week as Top Veteran
Top 100 British Albums
  • #1 (4) - Going Back - Phil Collins
  • #2 (1) - Science & Faith - Script
  • #3 (N) - Postcard From a Young Man - Manic Street Preachers
  • #4 (5) - Flamingo - Brandon Flowers 
  • #5 (3) - Band of Joy - Robert Plant
  • #13 (N) - Black Country Communion - Black Country Communion
  • #15 (N) - Guitar Heaven - Santana
  • #28 (N) - History of Modern - OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark)
  • #30 (17) - Praise & Blame - Tom Jones
  • #44 (64) - Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • #46 (14) - Grinderman 2 - Grinderman
  • #54 (N) - Losing Sleep - Edwyn Collins
  • #55 (R) - 25: The Greatest Hits - Simply Red
  • #60 (74) - Some Guys Have All the Luck - Rod Stewart
  • #71 (71) - Piece of the Action: The Best of - Meat Loaf
  • #72 (72) - Hits - Phil Collins
  • #73 (50) - The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden
  • #76 (96) - Private Investigations: The Best of - Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits
  • #81 (92) - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
  • #82 (R) - Complete - Eric Clapton
  • #88 (109) - Piano Man: The Very Best of - Billy Joel
  • #93 (106) - Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • #99 (135) - Celebration - Madonna

Proud Mary
1st Week as Top Veteran
Top 100 British Singles
  • #1 (N) - Just the Way You Are (Amazing) - Bruno Mars
  • #2 (2) - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  • #3 (3) - Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
  • #4 (4) - For the First Time - Script
  • #5 (1) - Start Without You - Alexandra Burke Featuring Laza Morgan
  • #62 (N) - Proud Mary - Tina Turner
  • #73 (73) - Don't Stop Believin' - Journey 
  • #92 (R) - Give a Little Bit - Supertramp
  • #98 (N) - Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) - A-Ha 
Raising Sand
1st Week as Top Veteran
Top 40 British Catalog Albums
  • #1 - One of the Boys - Katy Perry
  • #2 - The Script - Script
  • #3 - Only By the Night - Kings of Leon
  • #4 - These Streets - Paolo Nutini
  • #5 - Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 
  • #8 - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  • #27 - Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  • #31 - Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf

The Essential Michael JacksonTop 40 British R&B Albums
  • #1 (1) - Recovery - Eminem
  • #2 (N) - The Rokstarr Collection - Taio Cruz
  • #3 (R) - Raymond v Raymond - Usher
  • #4 (5) - The Elements of Freedom - Alicia Keys
  • #5 (2) - The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B
  • #36 (24) - Essential - Michael Jackson
  • #39 (26) - Ultimate Collection- Whitney Houston 

Top 40 British R&B Singles
  • #1 (1) - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  • #2 (2) - Love the Way You Lie - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
  • #3 (4) - Impossible - Shontelle
  • #4 (3) - DJ Got Us Falling in Love - Usher Featuring Pit Bull
  • #5 (N) - Pyramid - Charice
  • No veteran artists charting

The List
3rd Week as Top Veteran
Top 20 British Country Albums
  • #1 (1) - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  • #2 (2) - What Does It Take - Nell Bryden
  • #3 (3) - Court Yard Hounds - Court Yard Hounds
  • #4 (4) - The List - Rosanne Cash
  • #5 (7) - A Friend of a Friend - Dave Rawlings Machine
  • #6 (6) - Back to Love - Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • #8 (14) - Long Road Out Of Eden - Eagles
  • #14 (11) - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again - John Fogerty
  • #18 (R) - Lonely Runs Both Ways - Alison Krauss & Union Station

Black Country Communion (CD/DVD)
1st Week as Top Veteran
Top 40 British Rock & Metal Albums
  • #1 (N) - Black Country Communion - Black Country Communion
  • #2 (1) - A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
  • #3 (2) - Audio Secrecy - Stone Sour
  • #4 (4) - The Resistance - Muse
  • #5 (3) - Light Me Up - Pretty Reckless
  • #14 (6) - The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden
  • #22 (18) - Very Best of - Aerosmith
  • #24 (38) - Piece of the Action: The Best of - Meat Loaf
  • #25 (20) - Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
  • #26 (19) - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
  • #27 (33) - Don't Stop Believin': The Best of - Journey
  • #30 (35) - Mothership - Led Zeppelin
  • #36 (28) - Metallica - Metallica

Slippery When Wet
57th Week as Top Veteran
Top 40 British Rock & Metal Singles
  • #1 (1) - The Catalyst - Linkin Park
  • #2 (12) - Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
  • #3 (3) - Stay With Me - You Me at Six
  • #4 (13) - Feeling Good - Muse
  • #5 (6) - Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
  • #12 (14) - Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • #14 (37) - All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  • #15 (15) - Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
  • #17 (18) - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • #20 (25) - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • #23 (29) - Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • #26 (34) - Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
  • #27 (33) - Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • #37 (R) - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience 

Got To Be Real (Single Version)
3rd Week as Top Veteran
Top 40 British Dance Singles
  • #1 (1) - Katy on a Mission - Katy B
  • #2 (N) - I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It) - Alex Gaudino
  • #3 (2) - Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida Featuring David Guetta
  • #4 (3) - We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool vs. D Cup
  • #5 (4) - One (Your Name) - Sweedish House Mafia/Pharrell
  • #18 (15) - Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn

Video: Gloria Estefan Does Death Defying Stunts, Too

On Sunday night in Miami's Sun Life Stadium (which used to be Land Shark Stadium and some other name before that), Gloria Estefan was scheduled to introduce the half-time show with Enrique Iglesias.  Unfortunately, the door to her suite high above the crowd became locked and nobody could get the door open.

According to a local news report, Estefan kicked off her Miami green Yves Saint-Laurent shoes, climbed out the window of her suite and into the suite next door.  The following video shows her climb from the point of view of the suite.  What you don't see is that she is in the upper tier of luxury boxes which hang over the lower level of seating.

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Preview: Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Heaven & Hell

Artist: Heaven & Hell
Title: Neon Nights: Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell 
Release Date: November 16, 2010 
Label: Eagle Records
Format(s): CD, DVD 

Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell contains the last professionally recorded show of Ronnie James Dio before his untimely passing.  Recorded in Wacken, Germany on July 30, 2009, it is reported that Dio was in pain with stomach cancer during the final tour but was not showing it in his performance.

The CD is two-tracks shorter than the DVD.  In addition, the DVD contains interviews with all four band members about the thirty years since the release of the Black Sabbath album Heaven & Hell and tributes to Dio from the three remaining members. 

Track List: 

  • Mob Rules
  • Children of the Sea
  • I
  • Bible Black
  • Time Machine
  • Fear
  • Falling Off the Edge of the World
  • Follow the Tears
  • Die Young
  • Heaven & Hell
  • Neon Knights

  • E5150
  • Mob Rules
  • Children of the Sea
  • I
  • Bible Black
  • Time Machine
  • Fear
  • Falling Off the Edge of the World
  • Follow the Tears
  • Die Young
  • Heaven & Hell
  • Country Girl
  • Neon Knights

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Nominees For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Are...

Alice Cooper Goes to HellFifteen artists were nominated for possible induction into the 2011 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday in what appears to be an attempt to clean up some of the large back catalog of artists that have been overlooked in the past.

No artists from the newest year of eligibility (1985) were nominated but, instead, a group that didn't make it last year (LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer) and a couple that have had backing from the fan community without being previously considered (Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond).

Five of the fifteen artists will be inducted based on the votes of over 500 industry members over the next couple of months.  The announcement will be made later in the year. 

The nominees are (with year of first eligibility and previous nominations:
  • Alice Cooper (Became eligible in 1994, first nomination)
  • Beastie Boys (Became eligible in 2007, previously nominated in 2008)
  • Bon Jovi (Became eligible in 2008, first nomination)
  • Chic (Became eligible in 2002, previously nominated in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009)
  • Neil Diamond (Became eligible in 1988, first nomination)
  • Donovan (Became eligible in 1990, first nomination)
  • Dr. John (Became eligible in 1993, first nomination)
  • J. Geils Band (Became eligible in 1995, previously nominated in 2005 and 2006)
  • LL Cool J (Became eligible in 2009, previously nominated in 2010)
  • Darlene Love (Became eligible in 1998, previously nominated in 1999 & 2010)
  • Laura Nyro (Became eligible in 1992, previously nominated in 2010)
  • Donna Summer (Became eligible in 1999, previously nominated in 2008 & 2010)
  • Joe Tex (Became eligible in 1990, previously nominated in 1998, 2006 & 2007)
  • Tom Waits (Became eligible in 1998, first nomination)
  • Chuck Willis (Became eligible in 1982, previously nominated in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990)
First time nominees are Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John and Tom Waits.  Up for the second time are the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Laura Nyro.  The J. Geils Band, Darlene Love and Donna Summer are on their third try while Joe Tex is on his fourth and Chic and Chuck Willis are on their sixth. 

Some fan groups will remain frustrated by the list.  Missing once again are such favorites as Rush and Kiss. Also overlooked once again is any representative of the art and progressive rock genre such as the Moody Blues, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson.

The biographies of each of the artists from the Hall of Fame press release are after the cut.

Chart Watch Australia: September 27, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Santana puts their new album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, in at number 5 of the Australian Albums chart.  They are the first of a three veteran artists premiering this week.
  • At number 9 is Phil Collins' salute to sixties soul music, Going Back while, at 17, Metallica debuts their special EP of live performances from previous trips to Australia, Six Feet Down Under
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) indicates new entry. (R) indicates re-entry.

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
1st Week as Top Veteran
Top 50 Albums
  • #1 (1) - A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
  • #2 (2) - Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
  • #3 (N) - Little Bird - Kasey Chambers
  • #4 (4) - Recovery - Eminem
  • #5 (N) - Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time - Santana
  • #9 (N) - Going Back - Phil Collins
  • #17 (N) - Six Feet Down Under - Metallica
  • #23 (12) - Rage and Ruin - Jimmy Barnes
  • #24 (9) - Grinderman 2 - Grinderman
  • #26 (18) - Band of Joy - Robert Plant
  • #44 (R) - Very Best of - Doors
  • #48 (R) - No Line on the Horizon - U2 

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (N) - Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
  • #2 (1) - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  • #3 (3) - DJ Got Us Falling in Love - Usher Featuring Pit Bull
  • #4 (2) - Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
  • #5 (5) - Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 40 Urban Albums
  • #1 (1) - Recovery - Eminem
  • #2 (2) - Running on Air - Bliss N Eno
  • #3 (3) - Raymond V Raymond - Usher
  • #4 (4) - Rokkstar - Taio Cruz
  • #5 (5) - Rated R - Rihanna
  • No veteran artists charting.

Top 40 Urban Singles
  • #1 (N) - Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
  • #2 (1) - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  • #3 (2) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher Featuring Pitbull
  • #4 (3) - Love the Way You Lie - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
  • #5 (4) - Just a Dream - Nelly
  • No veteran artists charting.

16th Week as Top Veteran Album
Top 20 Country Albums
  • #1 (N) - Little Bird - Kasey Chambers
  • #2 (3) - Southern Voice - Tim McGraw
  • #3 (7) - Limited Edition: Greatest Hits: Volumes 1, 2 & 3 - Tim McGraw
  • #4 (1) - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  • #5 (5) - Fearless - Taylor Swift
  • #11 (9) - Absolute Greatest: 40 Years True Blue - John Williamson
  • #12 (14) - No Better Than This - John Mellencamp
  • #13 (10) - Essential - Johnny Cash
  • #18 (R) - Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • #20 (17) - Legend: The Best of - Willie Nelson Polls For the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time

Everyone must be getting ready for the year-end polls as there seems to be a real glut of "All-Time Best" lists coming out right now.  Today's goes to, the main site for Gibson guitars, who asked industry leaders, their editors and the site's readers to name the greatest guitar solos of all time.
What makes for a great guitar solo? Is it mind-melting precision or bone-chilling soul? Is it the way it can leave you slack-jawed, wondering, “How did he do that?” Or is it something that you can sing from memory, a melodic passage that weaves itself into the DNA of the song? Or are the greatest solos ever played the ones that somehow manage to do all of the above?
Rock Around the ClockThere aren't a lot of surprises near the top of the list but further down their are quite a few we weren't expecting to see.  It's great that the voters in this poll remembered to single out guitarists like Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & the Comets), Chris Gallup (Gene Vincent), Wes Montgomery, Rory Gallegher and Roy Buchanan.  Plus, who would have guessed the two Beatles records to make the list would be one with lead by Eric Clapton (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) and one that is almost a song snippet (the three guitar interplay between Lennon, McCartney and Harrison on The End).

Axis Bold As Love CD/DVDJimi Hendrix has the most performances on the list with four while Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen (2 with Van Halen, 1 with Michael Jackson) and Eric Clapton (1 with the Beatles, 1 with Derek & the Dominos, 1 with Cream) each have three. Guitarists with two are David Gilmour, Duane Allman, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Angus Young and Dickey Betts.

We were going to do our regular thing of listing the top five plus every other solo from a veteran artist but, the fact is, if it weren't for two Slash performances with Guns 'N Roses, they would have ALL been by veteran artists.
  1. Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
  3. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  4. Hotel California - Don Felder, Joe Walsh (Eagles)
  5. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  6. Free Bird - Gary Rossington, Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  7. Layla - Eric Clapton, Duane Allman (Derek & the Dominos
  8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton (Beatles)
  9. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May (Queen)
  11. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
  12. 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
  13. Sweet Child o' Mine - Slash (Guns N' Roses)
  14. Hot for Teacher - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
  15. Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  16. November Rain - Slash (Guns N' Roses)
  17. Mr. Crowley - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
  18. Whole Lotta Rosie - Angus Young (AC/DC)
  19. Like a Hurricane - Neil Young (Neil Young & Crazy Horse)
  20. Sultans of Swing - Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
  21. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
  22. One - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
  23. Cortez the Killer - Neil Young (Neil Young with Crazy Horse)
  24. Rock Around the Clock - Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & the Comets)
  25. Sweet Jane (Live) - Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner (Lou Reed)
  26. Purple Rain - Prince (Prince & the Revolution)
  27. Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  28. Jessica - Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
  29. Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix
  30. Crossroads - Eric Clapton (Cream)
  31. Time - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  32. Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  33. Race With the Devil - Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent)
  34. Don't Believe a Word - Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy)
  35. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  36. Besame Mucho - Wes Montgomery
  37. Sympathy for the Devil - Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
  38. Blue Sky - Duane Allman, Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
  39. My Sharona - Berton Averre (Knack)
  40. Marquee Moon - Tom Verlaine (Television)
  41. Hitch a Ride - Tom Scholz (Boston)
  42. The End - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison (Beatles)
  43. Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  44. Train Kept A-Rollin' (Live) - Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
  45. Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
  46. Dirt - Ron Asheton (Stooges)
  47. Off the Handle - Rory Gallagher
  48. The Great Curve - Adrian Belew (Talking Heads)
  49. The Messiah Will Come Again - Roy Buchanan
  50. Beat It - Eddie Van Halen (Michael Jackson)
The Gibson website has commentaries on each of these songs and guitarists.


New Releases By Veteran Artists for September 28, 2010

ClaptonLe Noise
Going BackMade of Metal
World Gone Crazy (Deluxe Version) (CD + DVD)The Dissent of Man
I Feel Like PlayingHistory of Modern
Reconnected LiveSix Feet Down Under EP
The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts (3 DVD)Rush: Classic Albums: 2112 & Moving Pictures (Dol)Alice Cooper - Theatre Of Death-Live At Hammersmith 2009 (DVD W/Bonus CD)

The complete list of new releases by veteran artists is after the cut.