Here are some covers from our band.
A GNR classic.
Eddie Van Halen’s epic solo. His ego may be the size of Jupiter, but the man can play like nobody’s business.
Here’s a great song by the 80s band Erasure—while some at the time didn’t like the song’s two-tempo mix, I think it’s brilliant. We moved some of the keyboards to guitar and wrote some guitar solos to take the place of some of the 80s synth pop. Hope you like the song as much as we do! (The entire album—The Innocents—is terrific and remains their best-selling album.)
This is my favorite GNR song…like a mini rock opera (meaning how opera should be).
Some clips from practicing before a community concert:
Everyone knows this one by Jack White. Having a bassist, we don’t need to use guitar with an octave pedal. But, we didn’t get the bass volume started off right, requiring an assist. Our roadies may not be the best, but they certainly earn what we pay them. 😉
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: girl power and rock n roll. ‘Nuff said.
I love this one—the title track from Satch’s (Joe Satriani’s) second album. He’s one of the greatest, and it’s so fun to try and play anything he writes. Nobody stops moving here…rhythm guitar, bass, drums, or solo.
Here’s a cover of Rush’s Dreamline from a recent community concert…an amazing song by an unbelievable band.
My absolute favorite guitarist of all time (sorry Slash, Clapton, Johnson, Morse, Perry, etc…love you too!) = Randy Rhoads. He died when he was only 25, but dang could he play. I so wish he was still around…and bored enough to be willing to meet me. Oh well…hope he’s rockin’ the other side. Ozzy’s Ozzy, but he was never better than with Randy…check out the solo around 2:50. We still miss ya’ Randy!
Lars Ulrich was famously against file trading pioneer Napster, which was of course amazing at ripping off everyone’s music (all long before I was around…so don’t go blaming me!). I have mixed feelings about a lot of those things, but Metallica’s black album is one of those that makes anyone reminisce about days of music yore. Pure.
Written by Hoyt Axton, this brilliant song was made famous by Three Dog Night—if it’s a cold night in Australia, you gotta’ snuggle with your dingo, and three for the freezers! Cool name, cool band, and they are still playing almost fifty years later. Now that is really cool! Here’s to us playing in 2065…we’ll see you there. 🙂
One of my favorites from Clapton’s Pilgrim album…the album was not a critical favorite, but great all the same (how anyone gets off rating Clapton as “poor,” I don’t know!). For me the whole song is like a prolonged prayer of despair.