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Paul McCartney Best Solo Songs

Point number one: Paul McCartney is one of the three best songwriters in the history of rock music (for those who don't know, the other two are his bandmate and friend John Lennon, and Bob Dylan).    Point number two: Under the bar set in the first category it could be said that his solo career was somewhat disappointing;...

Eric Clapton - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2022)

I dreamt that I was The Lady in the Balcony. I was lying on the sofa in the living room of a friend's house. The vinyl of Eric Clapton's latest album, The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions, was playing. I closed my eyes, and just as I was about to reach for the sky, I woke up on a "balcony" of the Royal Albert Hall. It was...

Pete Townshend - Best Guitar Solos

The first image that comes to mind when you think of Pete Townshend is his unstoppable windmill, the second, smashing one of the thousands of guitars that have bitten the dust at his concerts. For someone who always seeks, and gets, the spotlight on stage, it is not as a soloist that we remember him most, but as the most important rhythm...

Queens Of The Stone Age Top 10 Songs

Josh Homme is so great that he can afford the luxury of having a band in which his rhythm section is made up of Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl - and that band is not even the band with which he has become one of the truly essential figures of 21st Century rock, something he has done fronting the fundamental...

Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2022)

Riddle: collector, super prolific and it's his birthday, who is it?  On May 5, 2022 Joe Bonamassa played London's Royal Albert Hall as part of his Europe Spring Tour, with concerts scheduled almost every day from April 20. With a break in June and July, he will return to the attack in August for his US Summer...

Larkin Poe - Live In Madrid (2022)

Dressed in their trademark jeans, t-shirts and kick-ass Dr Martens’ boots, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, otherwise known as Larkin Poe, march out onto the stage at Sala But (AKA ‘La Paqui’) in Madrid, ready to raise hell and party like only they know how. It is 12 May 2022, which happens to be Megan’s birthday and - after a horrible...

The Animals' Top 10 Songs

The English rhythm-and-blues band The Animals had at least two major incarnations, with the formative version – featuring Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine and John Steel - first hitting the bright lights in 1964, and forming part of the ‘British Invasion’ along with the Beatles, the Kinks and the Rolling Stones....

The best instrumental surf rock songs

From Guitars Exchange we want to take advantage of what would have been the 85th birthday of one of our favourite guitarists, Dick Dale, to review our favourite songs from one of the genres that did the most for our favourite instrument - the electric guitar - surf rock. The genre was born in California in the late 1950s, being mainly instrumental,...

Muddy Waters Top 10 Songs

"The blues had a baby and they called it rock & roll".It is clear that rock & roll is ‘bastard music’, the fruit of many sources, but, if we could look into its DNA, the largest percentage would correspond to the blues and, specifically, to the Chicago electric blues that Muddy Waters led for several decades. In a month that celebrates...

#DIYKitChallenge22 by Thomann

Second round, another opportunity: Thomann is organizing the DIY Kit Challenge again this year. At the #DIYKitChallenge22, musicians and music enthusiasts have the chance to win great prizes with an instrument they have created themselves from a Thomann DIY kit. First place wins a Thomann voucher worth €500 (second place €350 and third place...

John Fogerty 10 best riffs

John Fogerty, either solo or with Creedence Clearwater Revival, is one of the great songwriters in rock. As a guitarist, many of these songs began from a riff that emerged while he was simply strumming. His style is basic and simple, but full of strength and feeling. His references are the great guitarists of the first generation of rock, people...

Sting - Live at The London Palladium (21 April 2022)

Long Live Sting!   Dear Roxanne, In Every breath you take, the Englishman in NY sends you a Message in a Bottle saying that If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, free, set them free.He thinks that Everything you do is Magic. So, If it's Love that you feel For Her Love, you should not feel So Lonely, just close your eyes and Walk...

The Cure Top 10 Songs

Robert Smith's first concert was at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, the same one at which Jimi Hendrix gave one of the most memorable, and last, performances of his life. It was only natural that the young Smith, who was only 11 years old at the time, decided that Hendrix was the greatest and decided to become, at that very moment, a guitarist...

Ritchie Blackmore Best Solos

Ritchie Blackmore helped found Deep Purple in 1968, before moving on to establish the heavy metal band Rainbow, and then Blackmore’s Night together with his wife Candice Night. In that time he has innovatively fused classical music with modern guitar, and employed baroque, folk, Eastern elements, blues, hard rock, and pop in the process. His back...

Genesis - Live At The O2 Arena London (26 March 2022)

Genesis. End of the line.  On Saturday 26 March 2022, Genesis arrived at its last stop: the O2 in London, because Phil Collins' deteriorating health prevents him from continuing. So, in front of 15,000 spectators, Genesis bids farewell with "The Last Domino?" Tour. The journey, which has lasted 53 years, is about to come to an...

The Who - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (25 March 2022)

Who are you? Who? Who? Who? For many years, Roger Daltrey has been patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and organises annual fundraising benefit concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London. This year, it was the turn of the Who.  It's always a different experience to see a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, but this time it was special....

Elton John Top 10 Songs

It may seem strange now, but for those of us who grew up in the 80s Elton John was a joke, the furthest thing from a respectable musician. I guess one of the moments when you realised you had grown up was when you decided to forget your prejudices, listened to his records from the 70s and discovered that the guy had (a lot of) talent. If you forgot...

Children of guitarists...

It is one thing to be musical because you are born into a musical family; quite another to also make a mark in the industry. Specifically at Guitars Exchange we are interested in a select group in which children of guitarists have seen commercial success in their own right. We chose 15 ‘pairings’(and in brackets choose a key guitar associated...

Ry Cooder Top 10 Songs

Ry Cooder is mainly known as one of the best slide guitarists in history, whether on electric or acoustic guitar, but this irrefutable fact often overshadows an excellent recording career that is perhaps the best example of what we know as Americana and which, in his case, is not limited to his country, the USA - with sources such as blues,...