Guitar World magazine has just published its picks for the “100 Worst Guitar Solos” on its web site, GuitarWorld.com.
The list includes tracks by Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, C.C. DeVille, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and more.
Below is an excerpt of that post:
“After two decades of kissing ass, Guitar World tips over a few sacred cows in a definitive guide to guitar parts that blow.
“Guitarists, no matter how good they are, are bound to have the occasional bad night or hit the odd bum note. Legends like Hendrix,Page, Hammett and Harrison have had their share of uninspired moments and times where ambition exceeded their technique. It’s really no big deal.
“Unless you’re caught on tape, that is.
“In a rare moment of pure spite and malice, Guitar World asked several contributors to identify those instances when our greatest guitar heroes took their biggest pratfalls. And, boy, rarely have we seen our writers take to an assignment with greater gusto. It seems that nothing gets a journalist¹s creative juices flowing like asking them to spill a big bucket of bile on a beloved icon. While our writers tended to save most of their venom for undeniably cruddy and inept solos, some had fun throwing darts at performances that were technically adept but which they deemed boring, self-indulgent or just plain absurd. Another favorite pastime was picking on anything remotely involving the talents of POISON‘s C.C. DeVille.
“Now, we enjoy the colorful Mr. DeVille, but unfortunately somebody¹s gotta be the whipping boy, and we guess it’s C.C.‘s turn to feel the lash. But he shouldn’t take it too hard. The flamboyant, hair-sprayed rocker can take solace in the fact that he’s in some rather good company. So pull out the knives, put on the lobster bib and dig in. No one, but no one, gets out of this alive.”
Top 10 “Worst Guitar Solos,” according to Guitar World:
01. POISON – “Guitar Solo” (from “Swallow This…Live!”, 1991)
Guitarist: C.C. DeVille
02. BLUE CHEER – “Summertime Blues” (from “Vincebus Eruptum”, 1968)
Guitarist: Leigh Stephens
03. CARLOS SANTANA – “The Game of Love” (from “Shaman”, 2002)
04. CREAM – Falstaff beer 1967 radio spot
Guitarist: Eric Clapton
05. THE BEATLES – “All You Need Is Love”
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
Guitarist: George Harrison
06. BLACK FLAG – “Thirsty and Miserable” (from “Damaged”, 1981)
Guitarist: Greg Ginn
07. TED NUGENT – “Wango Tango” (from “Scream Dream”, 1980)
08. THE ROLLING STONES – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (from “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll”, 1974)
Guitarist: Keith Richards
09. MANOWAR – “Sting of the Bumblebee” (from “Kings of Metal”, 1988)
Bassist: Joey DeMaio
10. LENNY KRAVITZ – “American Woman” (from “5″, 1998)
Go to GuitarWorld.com to see the entire list.
Stuff.co is reporting that Lenny Kravitz is reportedly set to become the new frontman for US rockers Velvet Revolver.
Lenny, 44, has been spotted in the studio with the band – which features former Guns ’n’ Roses guitarist Slash – who have been looking for a high profile replacement to appear on their new record since parting company with original singer Scott Weiland in April.
A source close to the band told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Velvet Revolver’s new album will draw heavily on their messy split with Scott. The band wanted a big name who could easily hold his own and reckon Lenny is just the man for the job.”
Other singers linked to the frontman position include former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and Liv Tyler’s husband, former Spacehog star Royston Langdon.
Speaking at the time of the band’s split from Scott, Slash said: “This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn’t 100 percent committed to either. Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behaviour and personal problems have forced us to move on.”
Velvet Revolver have released two albums, Contraband and Libertad.
Stone Temple Pilots are currently on tour throughout America.
HRH Comment: Lenny Kravitz could bring an interesting dynamic to Velvet Revolver. He is no slouch on the guitar, and is a good singer. He could bolster Velvet Revolver’s sound, assuming he gets to play the six string.
Check out Lenny on the tune, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” below.