Ten of the Best Electric Guitarists in Modern History
Music plays a significant role in virtually every culture throughout history. Throughout the western world, bands in practically every genre today have at least one guitarist. Among the best are:
Known by many as "Slow Hand," Eric Clapton has entertained fans for decades with his personal guitar style that ranges from sensual to rock n' roll at its finest.
New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen is known for his concerts, which can last over two hours, where he and the E Street Band belt out some of the most emotionally powerful tunes that keep fans energized. There is no question that his amazing talent on the guitar is part of the reason that fans continue to buy his albums and flock to concerts whenever possible.
Eddie van Halen
The eighties megastar band Van Halen was named for founders Eddie and his brother Alex van Halen. Eddie's incredible talent on the guitar helped to shoot the band into stardom. His style is so popular and powerful that he inspired a generation to learn this instrument.
The heavy metal band Metallica is among the most well-known acts in their genre, in large part due to the guitar talents of James Hetfield, who has been critically acclaimed as one of the best guitarists of his generation, even by those who are not into the metal scene.
This solo country music star is passionate about playing guitar and has an extensive playlist showcasing his talents. He adds the twist of guitar rocking into his songs, which range from serious duets to hilarious views on society.
The rock band Fleetwood Mac has influenced the scene of modern music and Lindsey Buckingham has helped to shape their sound and style over the years. Though behind the scenes the group was troubled by drugs and infidelity, on stage he and the others lit up the stage.
These talented guitarists have impacted the landscape of modern music and inspired others to follow their creative aspirations.
Blending multiple genres to create her own personal style, Bonnie Raitt is a talented guitar player whose success has helped to inspire young women for many years that they can jam on this traditionally male instrument.
There is no question that the Beatles were the catalyst for significant changes in the music industry and the acceptance of rock n' roll as a viable genre. Throughout their years together, George lent his style and skills to the tunes that instantly became famous and are still popular today.
The rock band Aerosmith has been playing for crowds since the late 60's and the guitar solos by Joe Perry are one of the things that keep fans coming back for more. Though most people think of lead singer Steven Tyler, the band would be drastically different if not for the powerful contribution by Joe Perry over the decades.
Though his untimely death prevented Kurt Cobain from living out his dreams for very long. However, in the short time that Nirvana was making music, Kurt and the band influenced many younger artists and are still popular today.
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In 1956, in the industrial city of Liverpool, a student at an art college formed his first group. Like a lot of groups at that time, it was a skiffle band. It was called The Quarrymen, and the name of the art student was John Lennon. Later in the year, another boy joined the group: his name was Paul McCartney. And in 1958, George Harrison joined as well. The myth of the Beatles had begun. The three young men appeared in front of the British public for the first time in 1959, on a TV show. At that point, they were called Johnny and the Moondogs. One year later, two new members joined the group: Stuart Sutcliffe, a guitarist, and Pete Best, a drummer. The group changed its name again. This time it was called the Silver Beatles. They started playing in the 'Cavern Club' in Liverpool and, in 1960, went to Germany for a period. There they played in clubs like the 'Indra Club' and 'Top Ten', in Hamburg's red light district. They also backed Tony Sheridan in Europe (this time they were called the Beat Brothers).
1962 was the turning-point for the group. Stuart Sutcliffe, the leader of the group, died and Pete Best was replaced with' a young man called Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr. New musical tendencies, like rock'n'roll and rhythm'n'blues, had influenced the group, and the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney began to produce some interesting numbers. One of them, 'Love Me Do', became the group's first single. It was fairly successful . Encouraged, the group issued three new singles, 'Please Please Me', 'From Me To You' and 'She Loves You'. All three went straight to the top of the Hit Parade. All of a sudden, the Beatles had become the biggest, most successful group in pop music history.
The next two years saw a string of successes, for example 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'Michelle'. They made two films, as well: 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!'. Young people everywhere copied them: their music, their hairstyles, their clothes.
In 1965 the Oueen gave them each an M.B.E. . But their music began to change. With the album 'Rubber Soul', it became more experimental and this was confirmed with their next LP, 'Revolver' . In 1966 they stopped touring and concentrated on work in the recording studio. The results were extraordinary. 1967 saw the production of songs like 'Penny Lane', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', and the famous LP, 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
But things began to go wrong. John Lennon met Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman, who was the exact opposite of Yoko Ono. The group continued to work, and produced two more albums which included songs like 'Let It Be', 'Hey Jude' and 'Yellow Submarine'. But differences of opinion, economic problems and different artistic temperaments led inevitably to the breakup. On 10th of April, 1970, a month before their last album came out, Paul. McCartney called a press conference: the Beatles no longer existed.