U2 is one of the greatest bands ever to come out of the United Kingdom. They guys put on a great show in this video taken in Milan Italy, still rocking strong in 2016
A-Ha Gets back together and plays at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert event. Excellent version of this tune.
Buffalo Springfield was one of those one hit wonders from the seventies. Even though this was prety much the only song that got airplay, it sent a strong message. At that time the Vietnam war was raging and people were dying in the streets protecting the war.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady doing an unplugged version of “Hesitation Blues” in 1970. These guys played in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Their style is quite unique and they had quite a following when they were popular.
Boston plays “More Than a Feeling” live at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The sound is a little rusty but the guitar is spot on. Rumor had it that these guys recorded their first album in a garage with a simple 8 track recorder. Talk about determination! They went on to become one of the biggest bands in the Eighties.
Rare video of Alvin Lee playing with Ten Years After. It looks like they used some old video footage and played the studio track in the background, or maybe the video is out of sync. Either way “I’d Love To Change The World” was one of my all time favorites back in the day, and I was happy to find this particular video.
Ry Cooder is getting on in years and it’s hard to find a good video of him, but this one is great. Check out the Louisiana style and attitude.
Excellent version of Bright Lights by Matchbox 20. Rob Thomas at his best.
Excellent version of “Stuck in a Moment” Bono and The Edge perform on David Letterman
Taken from a two-hour-and-40-minute sold-out show recorded at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Where the Wild Things Are is yet another live showcase of meticulously mapped Steve Vai compositions. Much of the material is new, and tested out in front of an unfamiliar but eager audience, with Vai exercising his chops to the limits. Click here to go to his official Steve Vai website.
It’s a chance for him to bust out every trick in the book: blazing through ridiculously difficult scales, double hand-tapping extravaganzas (where he plays the guitar like a piano), and sick string bends and whammy bombs to the point where his custom Jem neck should be left, imaginably, in the same shape as the rubbery guitar on the cover of Flex-Able. The listening experience is more geared toward frequent guitar clinic attendees than someone seeking background music for a day drive.
It’s not easy listening. It’s the kind of stuff that deserves full concentration, and while most will furrow their brows while focusing on the guitar pyrotechnics, the rest of the instrumentalists are tightly locked and highly ambitious in their own right. Touring for the first time as a collective, violinists/keyboardists Ann Marie Calhoun and Alex DePue join Vai, along with bassist Bryan Beller, drummer Jeremy Colson, and guitarist/sitarist Dave Weiner.
The virtuosic tendencies run high, the musicianship is incredible, and as a whole, the group sounds more like one of Zappa’s stage bands than, say, Roth’s. Things are still flamboyant and over the top, as expected from the owner of a three-pronged heart-shaped guitar, but there are signs of maturity. As a guitarist and as a composer, Vai’s only getting better with age, as proven by Real Illusions: Reflections’ sprawling, elastic “Freak Show Excess” and “Building the Church,” running the gamut with haphazard emotional shifts, flawless changes, and otherworldly playing.