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Interesting isn't it: All the guitar heroes mentioned in this thread (with one exception, and I'm not sure he is even a human lifeform) are from the same general era - not one new guitarist among the greats is from the 90's or beyond. Not sure what that says about us as a community, or music as a genre...
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Yeah. He officially left in 2009 (You're a bit behind...) to pursue more solo work.
Josh Klinghoffer (who toured with them as a second guitarist for the second half of the Stadium Arcadium tour and who worked with John on most of his solo stuff) replaced him. He's good, but he's not John. He doesn't have the confidence or the chemistry (yet).
I guess someone has to mention Eddie Van Halen then.
But many years ago I saw a program on tv with an interview with him and Paco De Lucia who normally plays flamenco or classic.
And they were asked to play each others music, Paco made Eddie look slow and clumsy.
Panama sounds pretty cool with added flamenco beat by the way.
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"The ones who care enough to do it right care too much to compromise."
The thing about David Gilmour and other great guitarists IMHO is their unique sound/style and not necessarily their ability to shred. Gilmour did a guest appearance on a Warren Zevon record, and my missus (who's not a Zevon fan) immediately said "this guitarist sounds like whatshisname from Pink Floyd". That drove home home his wonderful uniqueness as much as anything for me. Ditto for Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Steve Vai, Angus Young....Hmm, who shall I listen to next?
I agree. I listen to a ton of Pearl Jam (24/7 Pearl Jam Radio on SiriusXM), but I always forget about him when discussing guitarists. I don't know why people rarely mention him when having a discussion about guitarists...
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