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    Default Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists

    This may already be posted somewhere, but I saw the latest Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists list. King Edward is number 70???? WTF? While I am biased, I must say that I understand they are using a wide range of genres, but just a few names that were ahead of him that I found questionable:

    66. Vernon Reid
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    18. John Frusciante
    12. Kurt Cobain
    11. Kirk Hammett (love Kirk, but Edward Van Halen he is not!)

    All good guitarists in their own right (except Cobain in my humble opinion. Overrated!) but COME ON MAN!

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    Yay! This again.

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    I think I read this eight or nine years ago in RS. I'm pretty much done being frustrated over this one.
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    I say that any rag list that puts Ed at #70 and Kurt Cobain at #12 is truly tapped in the head. Seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfan77 View Post
    I say that any rag list that puts Ed at #70 and Kurt Cobain at #12 is truly tapped in the head. Seriously.
    You got that right.
    What a joke that list is.
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    Yet a few days after the list was originally published, there was a poll on their website asking who the greatest guitarist of all time was. There were, from memory, four options, and Ed was one of them.

    Hmmm.

    Obviously they put him at #70 to sell magazines thanks to the controversy it was bound to -- and did -- create.

    Ed had a sense of humour about it. He sent Joni Mitchell flowers as a congratulatory gift for her ranking higher than him.
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    Rolling Stones nonsensical "Top 100 Guitarists list" has had absolutely no credibility for at least 7 years. In 2004, Zakk Wylde summed up that years list perfectly, hence the inclusion of the link to his statement in my signature ..


    Sat Jan 10, 2004
    ZAKK WYLDE COMMENTS ON ROLLING STONE'S TOP 100 GUITAR PLAYERS LIST


    Ever wonder what OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist ZAKK WYLDE thinks of Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitar Players List? Well, he spoke to sleazegrinder.com and here is some of what he had to say:

    “Put it this way,” begins Wylde, his down-home, beer-soaked growl of a voice thundering through his massive beard, “when EDDIE VAN HALEN is number 70 and RANDY RHOADS is number 85, I mean, bottom line is I have to play Randy Rhoads’ shit every night. I idolize Randy Rhoads. I still got posters of Randy Rhoads in my garage right now, in my weight room. I carry them on the bus. I love Randy Rhoads to death man, so I mean, the whole thing is just like, I’ve got to play Randy’s shit every night. Last time I checked, JOAN JETT can’t play fucking Mr. Crowley, you know what I’m saying?”

    Joan Jett checks in at number 87, just behind Van Halen and Rhoads.

    “You’ve got to laugh at the thing,” Wylde continues. “I mean, JOE SATRIANI isn’t in there. STEVE VAI isn’t in there. YNGWIE MALMSTEEN isn’t in that fucking list. SLASH isn’t in there. They are some of the sickest guitar players that have ever walked this planet. I mean, I’m a guitar player. Do you know how good fucking Yngwie is? It’s beyond fucking sick. The fact that Yngwie isn’t in it is just fucking mind-boggling to me. People can say what they want about Yngwie, but it’s just like naming the 10 greatest singers of all time and not putting Pavarotti in it, you know what I’m saying? Yngwie is a virtuoso.”

    “I mean, I dig the WHITE STRIPES, I think they’re fucking cool as fuck, I mean they’ve got balls from hell, you know what I’m saying?” says Wylde. “Even KURT COBAIN. I dig Kurt. Great songwriter. Great voice. Great records. But I mean, it’s just like, he’s above Eddie Van Halen? Jack White, what, this is his second fucking album? And he’s number 17?”

    The list gave top honors to the legendary JIMI HENDRIX, another of Wylde’s idols and while it’s impossible to downplay Hendrix’s contribution to the guitar, Wylde believes Hendrix’s number one status is a slight miscue.

    “Obviously Jimmy Hendrix is going to be the patron son of guitar, like Babe Ruth. No matter who hits more home runs than The Babe, The Babe is going to be, you know, The Babe. But the thing is, Jimi Hendrix couldn’t play Spanish Fly or Eruption. Technically. I’m telling you. Flat out. Just couldn’t do it. Jimi got a bunch of gear that nobody ever had before, you know what I am saying? So, he was able to do it before anyone else, and I understand that, but Eddie brought it to a whole other level technically.”

    With Hendrix technically disqualified, Wylde’s choice for the greatest guitarist of all time becomes quite evident.

    “As far as I’m concerned, Eddie Van Halen should be number one. And then Randy Rhoads would have to be in the top three or top five. He’d have to be.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfan77 View Post
    I say that any rag list that puts Ed at #70 and Kurt Cobain at #12 is truly tapped in the head. Seriously.
    This.

    "I love Randy Rhoads to death man, so I mean, the whole thing is just like, I’ve got to play Randy’s shit every night. Last time I checked, JOAN JETT can’t play fucking Mr. Crowley, you know what I’m saying?”
    And this.
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    Honestly, and I mean this literally, they should be completely and utterly embarrassed to have printed that list and somebody should lose a job over it because it's hugely discrediting to the publication to have something like that out there in circulation. That can't be undone, and it's just obnoxiously moronic to the point where reputation and credit (if they had any) is tarnished probably beyond repair. I'd fire the compiler of that list immediately. He or she is unworthy of the position.
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    Rolling Stone has some good political articles, as I am usually on the other side of the fence and like to hear other opinions.

    But I stopped caring about what they think about music a long time ago.

    I'm a bass player, give me six months and I can play the six string better than Kurt Cobain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I'm a bass player, give me six minutes and I can play the six string better than Kurt Cobain.
    I made a slight adjustment...

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    Kurt wasn't that much of a bad guitar player. I thought it was just a reflection of the times. But lists are generally always terrible, and Kurt Cobain is usually in the top 20 every time for some reason. As much as we bitch about the lack of music, Nirvana were only relevant for 2 albums, whereas y'know, Eddie put out 11 albums of Gold.
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