Rolling Stone magazine recently assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites guitarists while explaining what separates the legends from everyone else. Not only was Alex Lifeson among the panel of those casting their votes, he also made the list, coming in at position #98 (yes, he should have placed significantly higher, but that goes without saying):Even if he had never progressed beyond the brain-rattling riffing of "2112" and "Xanadu," Rush's guitarist would have left his mark on Metallica and other like-minded metalheads. But he went on to fill out Rush's power-trio sound with a seamless mix of lush arpeggios and rock crunch that sounded like at least two players at once. "The guitar just had to make a broader statement," he says. Alex Lifeson reserves his most daring playing for his solos – just try wrapping your head around the extraterrestrial lunacy of "Freewill."Not surprisingly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page took the top three spots respectively. You can check out the entire Top 100 List via this LINK.
Key Tracks: "La Villa Strangiato," "The Spirit of Radio"
Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.