Mark Tremonti Myles Kennedy Alter Bridge

There’s a lot of tragedy in the headlines recently…Japanese quakes, tsunamis, and nuclear fallout, the violent suppression of political freedom in Libya, the Flyers sh*tting the bed and losing their grip on the Eastern Conference lead.  Just kidding, that last one shouldn’t be included on this list…hockey interests me about as much as getting checked for hernias does.  The point is, you probably shouldn’t read the rest of this post if you’re tired of getting that sinking feeling in your stomach while wondering what the world is coming to.

The guitar solo voted by readers of Guitarist Magazine to be the greatest in the history of rock music has been revealed today.  And it belongs to the solo in the song “Blackbird.”  By the band Alter Bridge.  Whos…I…ho…wha…th…fu…huh?  Somewhere, Scott Stapp is celebrating being bumped to guitarist Mark Tremonti’s second-most ridiculous association.  You take it from here, Tremonti and co-guitarist Myles Kennedy, because I can’t even…*farts*

Tremonti and Kennedy were understandably blown away by the results, but Kennedy was modest as ever: “Thank you! Really honoured to have even been included among such iconic solos. A little uncomfortable with the idea that it was voted the ‘best’. I don’t necessarily agree that our solo deserves that title – at least my half.”  And Tremonti recognised the support of fans in getting the top spot: “It was an immense honour to be nominated in this poll. Looking at the other listed nominees it seemed absolutely impossible to win. We definitely feel unworthy and want to thank our die-hard fan base for voting!” [Rock AAA via WMMR]

This obviously raises a ton of questions, not the least of which happens to be the only one I’m going to address here now…is it fair to use British spelling when quoting Americans?  When are those lobsterbacks finally gonna accept defeat?!

The rest of the songs that made the top twenty are listed after the jump…

1. Alter Bridge — Blackbird (Mark Tremonti/Myles Kennedy)
2. Van Halen — Eruption (Eddie Van Halen)
3. Guns N’ Roses — Sweet Child O’ Mine (Slash)
4. Guns N’ Roses — November Rain (Slash)
5. Pink Floyd — Comfortably Numb (David Gilmour)
6. Dream Theater — Hollow Years (John Petrucci, Live At Budokan)
7. Dream Theater — Under A Glass Moon (John Petrucci)
8. Led Zeppelin — Stairway To Heaven (Jimmy Page)
9. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Free Bird (Gary Rossington/Allen Collins)
10. Megadeth — Tornado Of Souls (Marty Friedman)
11. Jimi Hendrix — Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
12. Steve Vai — For the Love Of God
13. Jimi Hendrix — All Along The Watchtower
14. The Eagles — Hotel California (Joe Walsh/Don Felder)
15. Dire Straits — Sultans Of Swing (Mark Knopfler)
16. Led Zeppelin — Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jimmy Page)
17. Gary Moore — Still Got The Blues
18. Michael Jackson — Beat It (Eddie Van Halen)
19. Manic Street Preachers — Motorcycle Emptiness (James Dean Bradfield)
20. Jethro Tull — Aqualung (Martin Barre)




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