I'm not much of a guitar solo guy, but man, Eddie Hazel's work on Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" is just sheer awesomeness.
What are your favorites?
Smoke On The Water
Stairway To Heaven
Master Of Puppets
Tool's old bass-guitarist (pre-AEnima) + lead guitarist
Signed, sealed, delivered.
Great song and many great solos in that one.
Agreed. I would have seconded up until I saw this last year....
Tom Morello's second solo in the duet with Bruce Springsteen of the Ghost of Tom Joad at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary concert last year. Here's the link. I strongly encourage guitar enthusiasts to watch.
Awesome, thanks for posting. I am also partial to Mike McCready's solo in the Live on Two Legs version of "Black." It fucking wails. I listen to it when I go running, and it's awesome. I've been a fan since it came out 13 years ago; used to listen to it on the way to high school. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR-mxsbWbaE It starts to get good around 3:20 (so you can hear the lead-in to it). It really starts to jam about 4:30
Also, for some acouistic Morello that really shows how he isn'r just a master of effects and is technically awesome (as if you needed proof), check this out- him and Dave Matthews; had to be split into two youtube clips. Here's the first one (he really kills it on his guitar solo; I actually like this song a lot) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk49VDPKSLA
Dickie Betts on "Blue Sky"
Not a solo but this is just crazy....
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sorry guys i am new.. the embed didn't work for me.. neg bomb away
Not sure why you were negged. That was bad ass.
Co-signed on Maggot Brain, great stuff
Don't know that anything beats Eddie Hazel on Maggot Brain.
Sadly never saw him live. By the time I got turned on to P-Funk in the early 1990s he had just died. Maggot Brain was played at his funeral.
I've seen P-Funk live at least once annually since 1992, except for 3 years. I can attest that Michael Hampton still plays a mean version of Maggot Brain.
I do love me some Jimi Hendrix, as well.
That's really tremendous. Thanks for sharing. There are a lot of great ones on this list. I play guitar (poorly), and this thread is outstanding. Props to the OP as well. So much good stuff on here.
All Along the Watch Tower
It's A Hard Life
Since I've Been Loving You
Anything Hendrix really
love me some Jimi.
He kills it.
If you haven't heard the alternate recording of Bold as Love, then I suggest you check it out. 7 minutes of pure awesome. I tried to find it on youtube, but no such luck. It can be found on The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set.
Bold as Love has my vote
There is a great CID of Clapton doing I Shot the Sherriff on YouTube, I'll try to link later
As others have said Tom Morello is a genius and Slash has many great riffs too.
I really love Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. He's obviously a legend, probably my favorite guitarist of all time. I'm also a big fan of Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing is a great song for guitar. I don't know the list goes on. Clapton, Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteem. Most of the people I love are pretty well known, so I don't really have any random people that you haven't heard of.
Just for the record, I think the greatest guitar solo of all time was Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. It's so great because of the situation, the context, and the way he played it. Obviously, Woodstock was a protest to all of the war that was going on, and it wasn't a song that anyone there was really wanting to hear. Also, he incorporates sound effects like bombs dropping and Taps and all that into the song. Just great.
before the heroin completely took over the band. I have some bootleg live recordings from 1969 to 1972/73-ish. His playing is phenomenal and the phrasing is impeccable - the perfect complement to Keef's sledgehammer rhythm playing.
By Jimi when he was fronting Band of Gypsys.
12/31/1969 live at the Fillmore East. Ridiculously good.
First is easily anything by Duane Allman, particularly Mountain Jam, You Don't Love Me, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Blue Sky live, Going Down Slow...I could go on. But this Derek Trucks solo is the shiz.
Pushing Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman to the top of this thread. How'd you young guys get so smart?
Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
Okay, so I don't post much, as you can tell. But that was awesome! Huge PJ fan and about lost my breakfast watching that clip, love it. Here's my two cents for the solos, give me anything from the Pink Floyd Pulse album, esp Sorrow & Comf Numb. Love the Blue Sky pick and I'll take the SRV Little Wing.
I know a lot of people don't like them but as far as I'm concerned their first 4 albums are classics.
Favorite metallica solo is one
Favorite overall solo: Jimi Hendrix blues album, B# blues. Check it out if u like jimi or blues music
Randy Rhoads- Pretty much every solo but Crazy train and Mr. Crowley in particular.
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)- Again, pretty much everything but Aces High, Number of the Beast, and Hallowed be thy Name in particular.
And of course, Jimi. (pick your poison)
EDIT: Forgot Vivian Campbell...He did awesome stuff with Dio and Def Leppard- Rainbow in the Dark, Holy Diver, and DL's Photograph stand out.
Call it cheesy if you want but if you are a classic rock fan that is one bad motherfucking ass kickin guitar rock out
That's probably my favorite guitar song on Rock Band 3 and its because of that solo at the end. You truly feel like your jammin out. Even if you are only pressing buttons.
Larry Carlton's solo on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" is out of control. Listen to it turned up, on a quality sound system, and with something burning (preferably not your house). The song itself was listed as one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."
+1 to you sir.
far as Hazel's work is concerned Red Hot MaMa is THE best I've heard. Saw these guys last at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Played all night long. Epic/Historical probably the best way I could describe it.
This is acoustic, but i have always thought it was badass. You have to watch the whole thing to appreciate it.
it is exceptional guitar playing.
The boo gif is totally unfounded.
I second your statement.
I liked this but it would have been for quarters on the sidewalk if it was not on a 12 string.
A few friends and I used to play in Nickel's Arcade to make enough money for a 40 of Mickey's each. Then we'd go play in the arch and annoy people. Very good times!
Needs to work on his technique. Timing's off in a few spots, hits some wrong notes ... sloppy all around. Doesn't pull it together until the fast-tempo bar chords and single note strumming. The beauty of acoustic is that every mistake is laid bare for all to observe. No electronic gimmicks to conceal the slop. Though, to be fair, I would be more forgiving if he didn't come off like a self-absorbed twat in the beginning. If you're going to be arrogant, you'd better damn well be the best!
That's how you play guitar.
But don't be a dick, respect quality musicianship when it is on display.
p.s., Kottke's got a bit of a Lloyd Brady thing going on in this one.
but Black Napkins is always a good one
Anything Zakk Wylde
I think the best recent one has to be from Coheed.
The beginning and at 4minutes is flawless.
Also, Bullets Waking the Demon starting at 3 min
A side bar...OAR has a live performance at MSG the Sax player absolutely owns.
I love Coheed. Im on my phone so not sure which song you picked, but In Keeping Secrets is by far my fav from them.
Much as I kinda like Welcome Home, after they poached Chris Pennie from DEP, I just can't stand listening to them.
On the "In The Flesh" DVD, which is Roger Waters and friends, on Comfortably Numb, Doyle Bramhall and Snowy White alternate playing guitar and then play together - absolutely amazing if you like Floyd.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyfUzFD_yW4 at about the five minute mark
Thank you for the shout out. That was an awesome concert. This is one of the best OT posts on this site.
Not the best but I still like:
kerry king No Sleep til Brooklin
eddie van halen Beat It
david gilmore Sorrow
any song by Vio-lence
Every Alex Skolnick solo
all those cats that plays solos for King Diamond
These are just a few...
Props to Jimi but this is my favorite--Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Every song is a guitar solo.
Also Django Reinhardt. Unusual style because one of his hands was damaged by fire.
But I agree with so many ones listed here (Hendrix, Clapton, Gilmore, and on).
I can't remember which song it is, but it is in A-minor. And it has almost all of "Jimmy Page's" minor blues licks played on an acoustic in about a minute and a half. This was, of course, at least thirty years before Page.
As for solos, there is a reason almost all beginning guitarists try to tackle Stairway to Heaven. I really like the solo in Aqualung for the same reasons as most like the solo in Stairway. The structures are almost the same, with very nice building in the beginnings and theatrical climaxes at the end.
As a live music afficionado, my favorite solo ever is very, very long. I am biased because I was there: Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, Eyes of the World, 6/10/73 RFK Stadium (Grateful Dead/ABB co-headliners). There is a nice "toggle point" where the key subtly shifts from E to D (or B Minor), and most of what he did that day was textbook on how to seamlessly shift keys back and forth in the Rock idiom without being obvious about it.
Also, that is the only solo I have ever heard him do that made me remember that Garcia is a Spanish name. He showed a lot of Spanish guitar influence that day while staying within his preferred idiom. Since he did somewhere around 3,000 shows in all, YMMV if you are a Deadhead/Garcia fan.
Alex Lifeson is one of the must underrated guitarists in the world.
"Freewill", "Limelight", and "La Villa Strangiato" contain some masterful solos
Sorry so late to the party.
Dating myself here ...
My first concert was (believe it or not) the Moody Blues at Crisler Arena in '83. (Fan of classic rock, etc. ...) SRV was the opening act and I knew almost nothing about him prior to the show. I think he opened with Testify. It was awesome from the get-go and it got better. He pretty much blew the 'Blues off the stage. He was famous for that.
Thanks for that. Been on a SRV kick lately.
Little Wing in any rendition is incredible, Here's a good one from Tuck and Patti.
A different take, but still excellent. Starts with Castles in the Sand and goes to Little Wing about 1/2 way thru.
Sting's has a pretty coo version also...
Here's some *bass* guitar (and lip synching):
Thumb-centric, change of (music) pace:
ekoostik hookah. Only because I'm going to see them in a few hours
since 1995. First time i saw them was $5 at a little hole in the wall local bar. I've seen them live about 20 times (mostly during my own college days). Last time I saw them was 2 years ago, and man did I feel old. Where are my Zig-Zags?
are a columbus, ohio based band and they played most of their shows in Ypsi, Ann Arbor and Detroit area........They made reference to it at a show "we're from Ohio, but Blue" Ofcourse the show was in AA so what else are they going to say but it definitely stuck with me.
Agree with the Lifeson comment..always loved "The Trees", "Digital Man" and "Subdivisions".
Big Mark Knopfler fan as well..."Down by the Waterline" is a personal favorite.
Zeppelin..."Over the Hills and Far Away"...wish I was good enough to play the accoustic intro.
It may be appropriate for American sports fans to open with Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock. Then, in no special order (borrowed from a "child of the fifties"):
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry); Rebel Rouser (Duane Eddy); The Thrill Is Gone (B. B. King); Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker and Whole Lotta Love (Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin); November Rain and Sweet Child O’ Mine (Slash- Guns ‘n’ Roses); All Along the Watchtower and Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix); Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing (Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits); Comfortably Numb (David Gilmour - Pink Floyd); Free Bird (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington - Lynyrd Skynyrd); Won’t Get Fooled Again (Pete Townshend - The Who); Hotel California (Joe Walsh, Don Felder - The Eagles); Crossroads (Eric Clapton - Cream); Layla (Eric Clapton, Duane Allman - Derek & The Dominos); Crazy Train (Randy Rhoads - Ozzy Osbourne); Reelin’ In The Years (Elliot Randall - Steely Dan); Jessica (Dickey Betts - The Allman Brothers Band); You Really Got Me (Dave Davies - The Kinks); You Shook Me All Night Long (Angus Young - AC/DC); Misirlou (Dick Dale); Blitzkrieg Bop (Doug "Dee Dee Ramone" Colvin, John "Johnny Ramone" Cummings - The Ramones); All I Want Is You (David "The Edge" Evans - U2)
I'm a big Clapton fan myself. Saw him at DTE last year for the first time, I spent the first like 12 minutes of his set just saying "Wow". By far the best guitarist I'm ever going to see live.
His new album "Clapton" is pretty good too. It's a little bit of softer blues, and it's great
Agreed that Jimi Hendrix on ‘Johnny B. Goode" is fantastic. Thank goodness for YouTube clips. Have to get Chuck Berry on a Baby Boomer Playlist, so I start with the original duck walker, and even after seeing Chuck perform at Mohegan Sun Arena back in 2002, have to say that he was still very good then.
Saw Eric Clapton with Cream at the Psychedelic Supermarket in Boston in 1967 and with Blind Faith at their first performance in the U.S. at Madison Square Garden in July 1969, so I understand how you rate him at the top. If you don’t have Cream’s Royal Albert Hall reunion concert on DVD, I’d recommend it along with the DVD/CD from the 2008 MSG concert with Steve Winwood. And consider the Delaney & Bonnie and Friends CD "On Tour With Eric Clapton".
So many guitar greats to choose from. Always loved Pete Townshend and John Entwistle during Who concerts in the 60s and 70s. Also saw B. B. King open for the Stones at the old Boston Garden during the Let It Bleed Tour in November 1969, and that was a night of great guitar work. Probably should’ve added songs from George Harrison, Keith Richards and Neil Young to the Baby Boomer Guitar Solo Playlist.
Among the underrated whom I’ve seen in the past couple of years and thought were surprisingly good in their later years are Stephen Stills (who, sadly, seems to have lost his vocal abilities) with CS&N and Nils Lofgren with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. One who wouldn’t make the Baby Boomer List, but who’s very good – Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine who played with the E Street Band at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2009.
Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll and The Victors!
animals as leaders - CAFO
The whole damn song is a solo!
Tosin is a great guitar player.
Y'all want some pancakes? Prince guitar solo starts around 3:30. He kills it.
Here is Steve Lukather from Toto doing the same song, and while your version is excellent, I think this would make brother George happy.
Stay with this song..you won't be sorry.
Great share, JohnVand. Thx. I don't know what the greatest guitar solo of all time is, but I feel confident saying that if he felt like it, Prince could play the sh*t out of it.
Yeah, I went to U of M from 99-03, and had a fraternity brother who swore that Prince was the best live guitarist he'd ever seen, and the dude (my friend) had great taste in music. I remember scoffing at him and thinking he was out of his mind- I mean, "how can Prince be a great guitarist?" I thought. And then I saw some live clips of Prince later, after I'd graduated, and I kind of understood where he was coming from. Prince IS actually one hell of a guitarist. Who'da thunk it?
Summer Lightning - Camel
Dreamer - Tommy Bolin
Dolemite - Scott Henderson
Crying to the Sky - Be Bop Deluxe
Eddie's Gospel Groove - Ronnie Earl
but ever since the first time I heard "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin, I was hooked. I love all types of music, I have Dave Brubeck, Garth Brooks, OutKast and Josh Groban on my i-pod, but in that "desert island" scenario, I'm taking Zeppelin above all others
My favorite Jimmy Page riff is most likely Heartbreaker. Especially live versions of it. However, White Summer/Black Mountainside makes me wish I was coordinated to this day. Damn thes sausage like fingers
Listen to Hughie Thomasson doing " Green Grass and High Tides", it'll change your thinking on guitar solos.
I have no problem admitting that whenever I hear a beautiful piece of music, I either get goosebumps, or my eyes water a bit. That guitar solo definitely gets that response out of me.
I've seen quite a few great ones, Jimmy Page, SRV, Clapton mentioned. Mark Knopfler.
I'd add Joe Satriani, in particular the solo from summer song. Also, some motor city madman, Stranglehold. I went and saw him in concert a couple times and once it intro'd it as the sweetest guitarlick ever. Maybe not the most technically impressive ever, but damn good guitar work.
Props to Stevie Ray, Frank Zappa, and the other masters honored here. Also, congrats on not mentioning wank artists like Steve Vai and Vinnie Moore (Satch is OK, though). Good thread. My contribution:
Stanley Jordan -- Eleanor Rigby
The man's entire body of work is solo guitar mastery. Plays with a trio as well.
King Crimson -- Vrooom
Fripp is one of the greatest. Gotta give the man respect ... no flash photography! Douches!
And I would be remiss to exclude a metal solo. From the fantastic hands of Muhammed Suiçmez, "Fermented Offal Discharge" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SRD6mjrUMo&t=3m03s
Is Stanley Jordan still around? I remember watching clips of him performing on Letterman back in the '80s. The first time I heard him play, it was sort of a revelation.
Hadn't heard Necrophagist in a few years. Good stuff.
He still tours a bit and has an album coming out soon as well. I saw him live a couple years ago in Southfield with his trio. One of the best musical performances I've ever seen -- right up there with Ravi Shankar and Dave Brubeck, true masters of their craft.
As fas as technical solos are concerned I'd say Yngwie Malmsteen - Flight of the Bumblebee is right up there.
My personal favorites:
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Blue Sky - Allman Brothers
Cemetary Gates - Pantera
Call of Ktulu - Metallica
Let It Be - George Harrison
Not the flashiest solo ever, but pure perfection.
I am a guitar player, and every time I hear a song with a guitar solo, my brain sort of plays an alternate solo that I might try if I were playing the song. On "Let It Be" there is no alternate solo.
Chuck's double stops rule....Maybellene!
If we're talking about rock music, it has to be about attitude/feel, not technical playing. So, how about Keef's solo in Sympathy for the Devil (He plays the bass on that, too).
Mad props for starting the thread with Maggot Brain!
Live at MSG in 1973, my favorite solo hands down.
60 or so comments and no love for Jack White?
You don't get love for performing someone else's song with only a fraction of the soul.
Haunting. Absolutely beautiful. (Yes, I know he doesn't solo.)
When I saw Floyd during the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, Gilmore's solo in Comfortably Numb was the only time I recall the audience cheering so loud it was difficult to hear the band.
You stole mine. Amazing solo.
Love me some Robin Trower (Fool n Me) Uncle Ted, Alex L with Rush
one of my favorites . . .
Maybe not the most technically difficult solo, but I've always liked Pink Floyds Time.
Judging a piece of music (even if it is a solo section) on technicality is like trying to dance to architecture.
Music is about what fits nicely in your ear.
No one mentioned Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson's "Beat It".
Maybe not the most epic. But i love the one in Sympathy for the Devil
Ice cream man - van halen
the ocean - led zep
bold as love - hendrix
The Lung by Dinosaur Jr.
I was thinking Freak Scene.
Eric Clapton's solo on Roger Water's Sexual Revolution (Pros and Cons of Hitchiking) is very nice.
Also, just about every Carlos Santana solo is great.
A Pros and Cons mention? That should be +1,000,000 MGoPoints.
What an underrated album, one that Kurt Loder in an infamous Rolling Stone review, gave one star to, calling it "faintly hideous," and "completely devoid of melody." What a tool.
My choice for my favorite solo? David Gilmour's solo on the title track to Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. Just beautiful. Gets me every time. Side note: Loder gave 5 stars to that particular album. Go figure.
Dude, Eddie Hazel was a fucking genius. Michael Hampton, his replacement is also one hell of a guitarist. I love his work on the ten minute version of "One Nation Under A Groove". He supposedly landed the gig in P-funk by replaying the Maggot Brain solo note for note at the tender age of 16. I think it's kind of heartbreaking that a lot of brothas now look at the guitar as a "whiteboy" instrument, when we have a rich history of accomplished guitarists.
all computers and drum machines and making beats? I ran into Vernon Reid at the Eventide booth at NAMM last week, what a crazy genius..is the BRC still active?
You got to go to NAMM? Lucky.
How does the new Eventide Space sound in person? The demos I heard sounded pretty decent. Maybe not $600 decent, but pretty close.
....in fact, with Vernon Reid there everyone was tied up in talking with him, myself included. I have always admired him musically, but he also turned out to be very friendly, funny, crazy-imaginative, and very talkative! NAMM is the best and worst place to check out gear, everything is there (Pakistani bagpipes???), but it is so freakin' loud that it is hard to listen to anything critically, even if ear fatigue doesn't get to you first. I go around wearing earplugs, and only remove them when I need to- helps prevent the after NAMM head buzz from all the noise. But if you haven't been to NAMM and are into music, you have got to go at least once, absolutely.
Danny Gatton on Robert Gordon/Danny Gatton's "Drivin' Wheel" on "The Humbler" (Really, any Gatton solo on that album)
Amos Garrett on Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" (dopey song, great solo) and Bobby Charles' gorgeous "Tennessee Blues"
Gotta agree with the guy who said Roy Buchanan "I'm Evil"
SRV and Lonnie Mack dueling solos on "Double Whammy" and Lonnie alone on "Stop" (produced by SRV)
Robbie Robertson on "Going, Going, Gone" on Dylan's "Planet Waves"
Growing up, my first love was the blues. I've moved on to other things since, but this remains one of my favorite songs ever.
Offseason guitar OT is way better than offseason recruiting angst.
Edward Van Halen.
in on rock band playing Foreplay and Longtime......two words which don't really go together.
jay masics on "said the people"
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Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy on "At Least That's What You Said"
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or "Impossible Germany"
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Your avatar = Your YouTube embedding skills
hey...make fun of my youtube embedding skills just dont 'mess with my avatar...i like it.
No, your avatar rules. It just also happens to describe your embedding skills =P
ah well. ty then. Yours as well. I'm not thoroughly familiar with GY:BE but what I've heard I've been very impressed by..
Excellent thread for flushing out all the predictable and banal choices. I'm just surprised Peter King hasn't popped in to slobber all over the Boss or U2 -- and no love at all for Mr. Obvious, Clapton?
I'd go with Stephen Malkmus's break in "Embassy Row," a beauty of eighth-note linearity, or Ken Bethea's in "Bel Air," which uses the tune's main riff as a jumping off point for some sweet pop-twang sizzling, Bethea's specialty. It's hard to beat Andy Summer's four-bar solo in "Driven to Tears," the best anti-solo of all-time.
You're like the guy that shows up at the party and stands in the corner with your arms crossed, right?
"Hi, I'm joining the 'favorite guitar solos' thread so I can let you all know how trite guitar solos are."
I think you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up here instead of http://www.pitchforkmedia.com.
Sure. Since then? Nah.....
Plenty of love for Clapton, "White Room" has been mentioned, I'd add Crossroads and his solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Knopler - "Brothers in Arms" love the phrasing and attack, the notes float.
Gilmour on "The Fletcher Memorial Home" and "The Final Cut."
You've gone and destroyed the internet.
I tried to fix it and the site denied me. I guess i forgot how to post videos.
I love the opening of Hotel California and anything by Carlos Santana.
I have zero Prince in my library, but I came across this.
(If my link fails, just search youtube for "prince guitar solo".)
Prince doesn't appear until about 3/4 of the way through it. It's a pretty good cover up until then, when "the artist" steals the stage and shreds the classic "While my Guitar Gently Weeps".
I fail the internet. Here's a link.
But I absolutely LOVE that sampled guitar riff.
Metallica/CLiff Burton Anestesia Pulling Teeth
Neil Schon- Journey: Anytime/ Feeling That Way
EVH- Van Halen: 5150 album
Tom Scholz- Boston: Take A Chance With Rock N Roll
Ben Weinman- Dillinger Escape Plan: any solo he creates
Jimmy Page- Led Zeppelin: Black Dog, Live from How The West Was Won
Rush (Alex Lifeson) - La Villa Strangiato
Ween (Dean Ween) - A Tear for Eddie (Live at Stubbs)
Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman & Dickey Betts) - Whippin' Post (Live at Fillmore East) & In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Fillmore East)
I like solos that are filled with emotion.
David Gilmour's solo from the PULSE version of Comfortably Numb!
Saw him do it live in 1994 with 90,000+ people at a certain stadium in Columbus, Ohio...
Huge outdoor venue, and the most amazing, pristine sound I have ever heard at any concert ever. Incredible feat.