What, exactly, is a guitar hero? Yes, yes, it’s a video game that vaguely simulates playing a real guitar. What else?
Yes, yes, it means someone who can rock the “expert level” on Guitar Hero. But I mean before all that.
A guitar hero was a guy–and it was almost always a guy–who had
We can make a long list of such people: Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck. They were among the first to be declared guitar heroes. They pushed the limits of what could be done with the instrument and its attendant amplifiers, foot pedals and outboard gear.
More followed. Eddie Van Halen. Angus Young. The Edge from U2. Slash. Stevie Ray Vaughn. All excellent players to be sure, but what about guitar heroes from the world of alt-rock? Who achieved guitar hero status from the time things exploded in the early 90s?
They aren’t any better than the first generation of guitar heroes, but they are different. Let’s make a list.
Songs on this program:
- Radiohead, House of Cards
- The Struts, One Night Only
- Queens of the Stone Age, No One Knows
- RHCP, Breaking the Girl
- Tool, Stinkfist
- White Stripes, Seven Nation Army
- Muse, Starlight
- Prophets of Rage, Living on the 110
Eric Wilhite has, as usually, created this playlist for us.
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