Is the guitar hero an endangered species?
...Or just a radically changed species? Rock’n’roll’s evolution has gone from Chuck to Page, EVH to Satch to Slash… But what do today’s six-string wizards look like? Classic Rock investigates
Rock’n’roll is built on guitar heroes. Bassists, singers and drummers are also important, of course, but when it comes to major benchmarks in rock history it’s the lead guitarists that carry the most weight. Chuck Berry was key, as were Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen. In the 80s, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen took it up a level with fusion-addled guitar heroism, driving instrumental rock to the next level: distinctive figures playing distinctive music.