Guitar Heroes Put Skills In Spotlight
Over the past 30 years the work of only a few artists can be credited with forging a style and sound that would forever change the face of rock music. The innovative studio and live music of Leslie West and his seminal rock band, Mountain, is one of those elite examples. No other guitarist has approached the mastery of the Gibson that West has. He coaxes sounds from a simple body, neck and pickup that seem impossible to duplicate.
Michael Schenker is best known as founding member of The Scorpions and his work with UFO during their most prominent years (1974-79). UFO’s 1974 Phenomenon spawned such metal classics as “Doctor Doctor” and “Rock Bottom”. Schenker later received offers to join Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Ozzy Osbourne. However, Schenker set his sights on a solo career, forming the much famed Michael Schenker Group and finds himself an icon in the guitar world, most recently being hand picked by Kirk Hammett for Activision’s Guitar Hero Metallica.
Uli Jon Roth has been recognized as perhaps the single most important protagonist of Neo-classical guitar playing (influencing the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen) and has been seen by many as a trend-setter who has often been ahead of his time. In addition to having invented the “Sky Guitar” (a six-octave guitar instrument with extensive fretboard scalloping), Uli was the main guitarist and songwriter for The Scorpions. Under his tenure, The Scorpions released four studio albums (selling millions of records and going gold in several countries). He has also toured with G3, shared the stage with Joe Satriani, Deep Purple, and Smashing Pumpkins, and developed four symphonic works.