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Who is the absolute best guitar player you've ever seen play live?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Big_Bend, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

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    I met my second now ex wife at work but we started a relationship when I went to her house to give her a drum lesson and ended up staying the night.

    I met my first wife at church but she's very musical. She plays piano and sings very well. I started on the guitar with a chord sheet and her Morris acoustic. I played that guitar in church once and a lady said "I didn't know you're a virtuoso." I should have told her it's a sin to go to church high. Looking back I think she was hitting on me. But then that could be my huge guitarist ego imagining things. I'm convinced every woman who hears me play wants to have sex with me. But that may be to get me to stop playing.

    Musicians are good at working their way into bad relationships. But then again so are most people. It is a statistical fact that the majority of marriages end up unhappy. Which is why there will be no third for me. I'm in a committed monogamous relationship (with a musical woman), and I'm glad we won't need lawyers if we decide to go our separate ways. Unlike marriage, where you're locked in, a relationship where either person can leave at any time requires commitment. Which is difficult for a flaky dark depressive mercurial moody oversensitive musician who struggles with monogamy.

    Oh wow I have totally forgotten the point.
     

  2. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

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    I never saw him but at least by what you see on YouTube he's as old as dirt and just as good as he was in 1975. He'll never recreate the magic he had with Jimmy Dewar though.
     

  3. Tsquared

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    Rodrigo Sanchez.
     

  4. JORear

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    I have seen Gilmore and Eddie Van Halen, but the one the impressed me most was Michael Angelo Batio. Saw him at a Washburn clinic in 1992ish. I have never seen someone's hand moving so fast it was a blur. I don't like his type of music but he is an awesome player. I left that day thinking, there is no way a person can play like that.
     

  5. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Holic

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    There has been so many SRV, Buddy Guy, BB King, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Herring, and so on ——- I’m not picking!
     

  6. archtop_fjk

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    Recently saw Tommy Emmanuel live...WHOA!

    (A close second would be Phil Keaggy solo with guitar + looper. Amazing!).
     
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Either Walter Trout or Frank Marino. Neither are my favorite but I have seen them live. Saw Keith Urban too, he's right up there.
     

  8. wordfan

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  9. scottser

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    dublin
    rory gallagher or clarence gatemouth brown.
    i've always had a soft spot for scott gorham, seen lizzy 3 times over the years.
     
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  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

    Mar 29, 2007
    Manassas Park, VA
    For me there have been 3, each completely different, but amazing!

    Dickey Betts with the Allmans in the late '7O's
    Danny Gatton in a small MD club, mid '90's
    Alex Lifeson, RUSH during the R30 Tour- talk about +2 hours of perfecton from this incredible group!
     

  11. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    northwest
    Tough one... Probably Tuck of Tuck and Patti is up there.... but Glen Cambell, Roy Clark, a ton of em...
     

  12. Art VanDelay

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    Didn't even have to think about it: Trey Anastasio

     

  13. Beachbum

    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 11, 2009
    Sand Land
    I caught his act in a nightclub in Dallas back in the 80's. Not only a phenomenal picker but his stage presence and personality were a thing to behold. Some things can never be replaced and sadly I'm afraid old Jerry is one of them.

     

  14. e23589

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  15. Skamania

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    I saw George Harrison at the Forum in Inglewood with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in the 70’s.

    Harrison was awesome.
     

  16. Antmax

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    Probably Gary Moore. I spent most of the 80's listening to NWOBHM didn't even know who he was. I'm from the UK and a late teen around 1989/90 when he was promoting his Still got the blue album. One of my friends who was into Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure at the time invited me to see Gary Moore at the Guildford Civic Hall. Smallish venue about the size of a largish cinema theater. Wasn't expecting much, I'd ever heard of heard of him at the time and there was no internet. We were seated pretty close and I was completely blown away by his guitar playing.

    His stuff can be a bit flashy and the songs often cheesy, but damn could he play :)
     

  17. srvbluezz

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  18. buster poser

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    Off the top of my head, way too many to list. Kenny Vaughn, Marty Stuart, Dimebag (who was still Diamond Darrell when I saw him), Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's), Glenn Tipton, St. Vincent, The Rev, Deke, Albert King, Skunk Baxter, Walter Becker, Michael Kang...
     

  19. Greggorios

    Greggorios TDPRI Member

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    I've had the good fortune to see Chris Smither play live in small venues a number of times. The last time I was seated right at the stage edge with Chris sitting about 3 ft from me. (He can do more with the pinky on his playing hand than I can do with all 10 of mine!). He's truly a master of his craft. If you want to see one of the finest finger style acoustic players catch Chris next time he's in town, you won't be sorry. In addition to his playing his song writing is top notch too.
     
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