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The Great Gig In The Sky

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

If you were given the chance to put together an all-star band that would play on the most important rock show on earth, who among the great rock legends would you put on the roster? I’ve always had this question in my head so I decided to finally make an entry out of it. I’ve spent a great amount of my time listening to old school rock music and I always found myself in awe with the excellent musicianship displayed by all the individuals who contributed to the genre’s beginnings.

First off all, my ideal rock gig should be headlined by a blues-oriented, guitar-driven jam band. It would have three guitarists, a bassist, a keyboardist and a drummer. Here’s the lineup I came up with:

Drums. Mitch Mitchell

Drums: Mitch Mitchell
From: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Mitch Mitchell is the powerhouse drummer behind Jimi Hendrix’s brainchild. Three words are enough to sum up his greatness: “Bold As Love”.

Bass. Berry Oakley

Bass: Berry Oakley
From: The Allman Brothers Band
Long running bass lines were Berry Oakley’s signature style and it created a different kind of groove which complemented Duane Allman and Dicky Betts’ guitar solos, which is best exemplified in “Mountain Jam”.

Keyboards: Billy Preston

Keys: Billy Preston
Often considered as the fifth Beatle for his role in the band’s legendary rooftop concert, Billy Preston was a session musician who worked with other famous acts such as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones to name a few. He eventually had a very successful career as a recording solo artist. “That’s The Way God Planned It” is probably the song that truly displayed his passion for music.

Guitar. Duane Allman

Guitar: Duane Allman
From: The Allman Brothers Band
As a guitarist, one of my greatest frustrations is to learn the slide. For that reason, I truly admire Duane Allman who was a proficient slide guitarist. Like Billy Preston, he was also a session musician before he started the Allman Brothers. The entire live album of the Allman Brothers at the Filmore East is a mind-blowing experience.

Guitar. Jimi Hendrix

Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
From: The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Band Of Gypsys
Nuff said about the man. He revolutionized electric guitar playing with his wild solos and his guitar technique, which combined both lead and rhythm styles into one. It would definitely be interesting to see how the smooth and fine sound of Duane Allman’s slide would jive with the thick and raunchy rhythm of Jimi Hendrix. “Little Wing” captures both the complexity and soul of his remarkable playing style.

Vocals/Guitars. John Lennon

Vocals/Guitar: John Lennon
From: The Beatles
The late great John Lennon: the artist and the rebel with an attitude. “Yer Blues” from the Beatles White Album proved that not only can he play the blues, he can also sing it.

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