Having just dropped their single ‘Let You Know’, Sydney-based rock band Lepers and Crooks have hit the road to celebrate, rolling through the entire east coast of Australia. The single is lifted from their forthcoming EP, slated to be released later in the year, so in the mean time, we hit up lead guitarist, Alex Court, to hear his his most influential guitar solos in Rock n Roll.
Lou Reed – ‘Intro/Sweet Jane – Live’ (Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner)
The way these two duelling lead guitars interact is just pure magic and such an awesome way to open a live set!
Cream – ‘Crossroads’ (Eric Clapton)
This solo oozes the blues and has influenced countless guitarists and their solos since, the fact that Clapton pulled this out live is just incredible.
Led Zepellin – ‘Thank you’ (Jimmy Page)
Jimmy Page live and at his best, imperfections and all. The raw aggression and realness of this live rendition sums up the best things about Page for me.
Pink Floyd – ‘Comfortably Numb’ (David Gilmour)
Possibly the most perfectly constructed guitar solo ever, with more feeling and melody than most singers.
Pearl Jam – ‘Alive’ (Mike McCready)
This one is just epic. Who doesn’t love a long outro solo? Here McCready takes the time to demonstrate his ability to balance experimentation with a well constructed solo for a song, even if that solo is more than 2 minutes long.
Jimi Hendrix – ‘Machine Gun’
The way that Jimi mimics the sounds of war with his guitar for this song is a powerful expression of protest. Throughout the solo he makes a lot use of his whammy arm to create huge diving sounds eerily familiar to the sounds of dropping bombs.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘I Could Have Lied’ (John Frusciante)
Frusciante is one of the best examples of how less is more and this solo really demonstrates that. The articulation and phrasing show Frusciante’s skill as a melodist on the guitar.
The Living End – ‘Prisoner of Society’ (Chris Cheney)
How Cheney manages to bust out with chicken pickin’ sounding country licks in a punk song like this one is just badass, gets me every time.
Django Reinhardt – ‘Minor Swing’
Django’s revolutionary playing has been a huge influence on me. The articulation of his picking hand and use of chords within this solo is incredible, not to mention he’s achieving all this with only 2 of his fingers after his hand was burnt in a house fire.
Machine Head – ‘Lazy’ (Ritchie Blackmore)
I’ve always loved Ritchie Blackmore for his use of various minor and Eastern sounding scales. Here he demonstrates his varied scale knowledge in a blues rock context as well as his ability to construct fast, fluid and interesting runs