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Poll Question: Do you think the guitar solo is dead?
Yes, it's been long dead.
 
26.9% (7 votes)
Yes, it's recently died.
 
15.4% (4 votes)
No, it's still alive and kickin'.
 
15.4% (4 votes)
No, but it will be soon.
 
42.3% (11 votes)
Total Votes: 26
Ryan
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:10 pm
As I drive home from my soccer match this evening, I decide to tune into the radio for the first time in several weeks. I'm treated to a handful of songs before I get home. Only a few of the songs actually had a guitar solo in them, and the few that did were lackluster.. at best.

One of them lasted like 8 seconds. That isn't a solo.. Another was so simple I could have played it. All the songs happened to be fairly recent too. It's lead me to believe that the guitar solo is, for the most part, dead. I can name maybe a handful of albums from the last few years that had songs featuring the characteristics of a guitar solo.

Whatever happened to the days of Hendrix, Floyd (original lineup) and Zeppelin?* Songs that had solos so amazing, so badass.. so long.. that we appreciated them as we listened.

Please discuss.

* I know I was nowhere near being born during the time of said bands.. but I still understand the quality of music.
cindy
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:13 pm
Huh. I haven't paid attention to this. Imma gonna have to tune in to the radio tonight or tomorrow and get back to you. You may be right.
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:40 pm
Muse? Avenged Sevenfold? NIghtwish? They have solos. They're modern.
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:42 pm
On Friday, May 25th 2007 6:40 pm, Siesser wrote:
Muse? Avenged Sevenfold? NIghtwish?


What about the other 99% of current rock bands?
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:42 pm
On Friday, May 25th 2007 6:42 pm, Ryan wrote:
On Friday, May 25th 2007 6:40 pm, Siesser wrote:
Muse? Avenged Sevenfold? NIghtwish?


What about the other 99% of current rock bands?



There's "dead," and there's "dying," hence my vote.
Ryan
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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 6:48 pm
Should have said that from the start, boss man.
Siesser

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Message Posted On Friday, May 25th 2007 at 7:01 pm
True, I'll count that one as my fault.
Me
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Message Posted On Saturday, May 26th 2007 at 12:57 pm
I just saw an interview with a few bands about this actual question. They basically said that guitar solos come and go by decades. Some of the guys said that you can guess what years some songs are recorded by styles and solos, both guitar and drum. We are in a no solo period right now...but who knows what tomorrow brings.
Ryan
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Message Posted On Saturday, May 26th 2007 at 1:36 pm
Interesting.

Who was being interviewed?
Me
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Message Posted On Saturday, May 26th 2007 at 5:21 pm
Man there was a bunch of guys. One I knew was Kirk Hammett of Metallica. A lot of newer guys I'm not familiar with (I prefer classic rock and was editing at the time so I didn't pay attention). John Frusciante and Flea of "Chili's" were on too. John liked the solos but saves them for shows and not as much on cds. It was either on Fuse VH1 classic a couple weeks ago.
Ryan
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Message Posted On Saturday, May 26th 2007 at 5:41 pm
That's pretty cool Kirk was on there. I give him props with his solos. The guys from RHCH I could care less for. John's a good guitar player but Flea is grossly overrated. The only reason he's known as being so good is because he's a bass player that actually sticks out in a popular band, pretty rare. Justin Chancellor of TOOL and Les Claypool of Primus are much better but their bands are not constantly in the spotlight.. or never for that matter.

Anyway, wish I could have seen that.
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Message Posted On Sunday, May 27th 2007 at 2:27 pm
I'd say that it is dying, it seems less and less bands are making face melters.
But there are still a few about who put them out there.
Ryan
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Message Posted On Sunday, May 27th 2007 at 9:34 pm
Face melters. Nice. Forgot about that word.
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Message Posted On Tuesday, June 19th 2007 at 1:39 am
I think it's been dead for a while. It's rare to find one.

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