Saturday, January 21, 2012

Who's up for a Face-Melting??

Let me start this one by saying, "I am a Pearl Jam fan."

Hey, where are you going?

Don't worry, don't worry.....this isn't some super-deep Z-side for fans that only knew about the band before they were formed.

This one actually features a big hit of theirs from the '90's: Evenflow.

Now, there are a lot of reasons I love Pearl Jam. They are one of the few remaining, evolving, honest-to-goodness rock bands. Their style shifts from album to album, but the core personalities run throughout. They blend rock and dare I say the word "alternative" with a punk edge that drives and engages. And I won't even get started about Vedder's place in the Hall of All-Time Great Frontmen.

But ole' Ed gets enough spotlight.....we're here to praise McCready.

Mike McCready is a guitarist that has the speed of some 80's band I won't listen to mixed with the soul of Hendrix that we all love laid into a hard-rock, alternative format we can all appreciate (and rock out to).

This performance showcases his skills as he obliterated and frankly publicly humiliated the guitar solo section in Evenflow. And I mean that in the best way.

I mean, I truly respect the man and wish him the best.....but I hope he was on a Columbian truckload of high-grade cocaine this night, otherwise I can never pick up a guitar again.

This solo is.....well....I could try to describe it but instead, you should just watch it. But I'll warn you, you may want to dip your computer in liquid nitrogen first.......lest it combust into flames at 2:33.

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