7 Epic Performances from July-Born Guitar Heroes
by Alec Plowman, Jul 11, 2018 . 3 min read
If you want to learn and master guitar, looking towards a guitar hero or two is never a bad idea.
You can learn a lot from the pros, not just about music, but about performance, about swagger. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of seven performances that will make you want to pick up and play.
Oh, and in keeping with a new month being upon us, all these performances come from guitarists born in July. They’re all very different and span several decades. But they all rock, and that’s what matters.
Check them out!
Jack White (July 9th 1975)
The White Stripes’ radical reinterpretation of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was something of a revelation upon its release, breathing new life into a country classic. This awesome version from Glastonbury 2002 shows just how well Jack White uses light and shade in his guitar playing.
Carlos Santana (July 20th 1947)
Santana’s performance at Woodstock 1969 has passed into legend. Watching this hypnotic performance of “Soul Sacrifice,” it’s not hard to see why. It’s a fuzzed out, good vibes masterpiece, with Carlos himself at the top of his game.
Richie Sambora (July 11th 1959)
We tend to think of Bon Jovi for their big, over-the-top electric rock ‘n’ roll performances. But, as this 1989 acoustic performance shows, guitarist Richie Sambora, in particular, was capable of delivering some tasty and subtle unplugged playing as well.
John Petrucci (July 12th 1967)
When it comes to prog-metal, Dream Theater are icons. And, a lot of that is down to the incendiary lead and rhythm playing of John Petrucci. His dexterity and prowess are in full effect on this symphony-backed live performance of 1992’s “Metropolis, Pt. 1.” Stirring stuff!
Steve Morse (July 28th 1954)
Filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore is no mean feat, but Dixie Dregs guitarist has more than lived up to the task in his 20+ year tenure with Deep Purple. Case in point is this sublime live version of “When a Blind Man Cries,” replete with an epic Morse solo spot.
Stone Gossard (July 20th 1966)
Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are one of the unsung guitar duo greats of their generation. Case in point, their interplay on this live version of “Even Flow” from Hyde Park in 2010. This, ladies and gentlemen, is testament to why jamming with other musicians is essential to becoming a better guitarist.
Ron Asheton (July 17th, 1948)
A protopunk masterpiece here from The Stooges, with the guitar of Ron Asheton front and center. You can’t help but love that riff, so pummeling in its intensity yet genius in its simplicity. And the frenetic, ragged solo from Asheton at the song’s mid reminds you of why the Stooges seemed so dangerous back in 1969.
What performance videos do you watch when you need inspiration? Share your stories in the comments!