Alex Chadwick has got some mad skillz. He’s a guitarist who made a video for something called the Chicago Music Exchange, and in the video he plays 100 famous guitar riffs, one after the other, straight through in one take. They’re arranged in chronological order, so you get something like a 12-minute history of rock ‘n roll. And he does it really fuckin’ well, changing the tuning on the fly and even quickly playing some bottleneck guitar when the riffs call for it. Since the video went up on YouTube in early June, it’s been watched by more than 2.8 million people . . . and counting.
The songs from which he selected the riffs are almost entirely rock songs, though you’ll see some metal in there, too. What would really be cool would be to see someone as good as Chadwick do a video like this composed entirely of metal riffs — straight through, in one take.
By the way, in the video, Chadwick is playing a 1958 Fender Stratocaster Three-Tone Sunburst that the Chicago Music Exchange is selling for a cool $33,000.
For the old farts in the audience (including me), this video is like a trip down memory lane, and for the younger farts in the audience, it’s some schoolin’. Watch it after the jump.
To see the full detailed list of all the artists, keys, and year of each song played in the video, plus a more detailed breakdown of the gear Chadwick uses, go HERE.
Holy FUCKBALLS! That was pretty damn neat!
I’d just like to go on record as saying that old ZZ Top (basically anything they did before “Legs”) is the shit.
I second your shit. In particular, “Tres Hombres” is more fun than a barrel of monkeys on crack, and Billy Gibbons is a god.
That was really good.
Really fucking good.
That was cool, but 100 greatest guitar riffs without a single David Bowie tune is just blasphemy.
A mostly good selection of riffs. Of course, a few are questionable and there are many more that could have made the 100 to make this a better representation of rock, but overall, he did a pretty good job with this.
I really respect the inclusion of the Toadies and Buddy Holly in this. But no U2? How is that possible?
It goes by fast, but “Where the Streets Have No Name” is around 6:11.