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Billy Duffy

Born in Manchester in 1961 Billy Duffy began his playing career with various punk bands in the late 1970’s.  It was in this period that he introduced Morrissey and Johnny Marr to each other and encouraged them to get together in a band.

When the punk scene started to dwindle it was at this point that Duffy began playing with darker more gothic sounding bands.  He then met Ian Astbury who was singing for the band Southern Death Cult, Astbury was so impressed with Duffy’s playing he left his current band and formed a band with Duffy that would eventually become The Cult.

Playing a 1970’s Gretch White Falcon and making use of the flanging effect Duffy created his own trademark sound within The Cult.  His guitar sounds becoming noticeably heavier as The Cults career progressed.  The early albums have a swirling almost clean sound to them while the later albums still contained that swirling feel but also added huge walls of distorted multi tracked guitar lines.

Billy Duffy has recorded nine albums with The Cult as well as recording his own solo work and performing live with Sammy Hagar.  The Cult have split up and reformed twice and remain active to this date.

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Albert Lee

Albert Lee is an English guitarist known for his hybrid picking technique and rapid fire phrasing. He left school at 16 to play guitar full time and has been playing professionally ever since.

His playing credits read like a who’s who of music. Too many to list but they include Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, and the Everly Brothers. He has also recorded a large number of solo albums under the names “Albert Lee” and “Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes”

He is known as the guitar player’s guitar player because of the presence of so many guitarists, famous or unknown, everywhere he performs. Albert Lee is also referred to as “Mr. Telecaster”.  Lee has been described by his peers who include Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore, as a complete gentleman who does not know the meaning of the word ego.

His song “Country Boy”, shown in the video above, helped to redefine country guitar for a whole generation of players.

Albert Lee can be seen live touring with “Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes” at the time of writing, July 2012. If you get chance go see him play.

Vinne Moore

Vinne Moore was discovered by Mike Varney after playing professional gigs since the age of 12.  His connection with Varney led to him featuring in a Pepsi advert and then releasing the albums Minds Eye and Time Odyssey on Shrapnel Records.  He has since appeared on albums by Alice Copper, Vicious Rumours, and, UFO.  He is currently playing for UFO who released their latest album in 2012.

Moore is known as one of the earliest “Shred” guitar players and his early albums feature a neo classical style utilising fast picking, sweeping, and, some pretty cool acoustic playing.  Check out the track above for a wide selection of Moore’s techniques and also his compositional skills.

Steve Vai

Steve Vai recorded and toured in Zappa’s band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983, has released eight solo albums and won three Grammy Awards. He has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996.  One of the greatest ever guitarists with a seemingly total mastery of the instrument and command of music theory and composition.  A great example to other guitar players of the benefits of practice and total dedication Steve Vai is known for his long practice routines including his legendary 10 hour guitar workout.  Also famous for his connections with Ibanez guitars, his Jem series is one of the most sought after and popular signature guitars ever produced.

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads was most famous for being Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist on the albums “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a madman”, Ozzy’s first albums since splitting with Black Sabbath.  Randy played guitar for the band “Quiet Riot” before joining Ozzy’s band and was also a dedicated classical guitar player and would seek out classical guitar lessons whilst on tour.  Randy was one of the first “schooled” rock guitarists and had a deep knowledge of music theory, composition, and guitar techniques.  This coupled with his natural musicality combined to make him one of the greatest guitarists ever.  Randy was tragically killed in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.  In 1987 Ozzy released “Tribute”   a live recording of Ozzy and Randy in concert plus some studio out-takes.  Have a listen to the clip above to hear Randy playing both in a classical style and also some great lead guitar.  The solo at around 2 mins 40 secs is a masterpiece.  Enjoy.

Andy Timmons

 

“As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.

As a session player, he’s been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave ’60’s singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame!)” – http://www.andytimmons.com/bio.php

Check out Andy Timmons playing Electric Gypsy, his tribute to Jimi Hendrix.  Awesome tone from his signature Ibanez AT100cl and that cool looking wall of Mesa/Boogies.