Who/where are the virtuoso instrumentalists in pop/rock music today?

Are there 21st century equivalents of Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire (when they were young) to name a few? What about studio players like Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye? I see contemporary bands play live on SNL and there is nothing special going on. Where are the superstars?

Update:

Derek Trucks is Butch Trucks nephew. We saw him play slide with the the ABB in Toronto when he was 14. Slick hands.

7 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Steve Vai

    Paul Gilbert

    Eric Johnson

    Of course, country music has its own guitar virtuoso who can literally play ANY style--Brad Paisley.

    Here are a few examples of Paisley's guitar work, in case you're interested:

    "Throttleneck" (country instrumental)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtNC_mYvAHc

    Youtube thumbnail

    "Turf's Up" (surf rock instrumental)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61oAJAlz_90

    Youtube thumbnail

    "Cliffs of Rock City" (rock instrumental--in tribute to Eric Johnson)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX_MMF9vPQ0

    Youtube thumbnail

    "Playing with Fire" (blues instrumental--in tribute to Robben Ford)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZwFyCAlNB0

    Youtube thumbnail

    Also, for a bluegrass guitar virtuoso, check out Cody Kilby, who is probably best known for playing guitar for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. However, Kilby also has two solo albums.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Paul Gilbert

    Shawn Lane (Dead, but recent)

    Steve Vai

    Joe Satriani

    Eric Johnson

    Derek Trucks

    These guys are talented, but like you said; Contemporary bands are nothing special. You have to get away from the Radio and MTV to actually start finding good music.

    Edit: Rush are all virtuosos, but they aren't usually instrumental. Plus they aren't exactly new.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Buckethead

    Steve Vai

    Joe Satriani

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    joe satriani,

    tom morello isnt even that good technically but is simply an effects god, so him.

    Jack white is sort of like roger waters in that jack of all trades way. no pun intended.

    other than that? no one really. oh wait, derek trucks. son of butch trucks form the allman bros. not just riding on his dads name, the kid is talented.

    and yea, maybe joe jonas, hes a pretty sick guitarist. omg, that was a reflex, now i have to go kill myself. excuse me

    Source(s): *BANG*
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tom Morello is the closest thing to a Virtuoso we have. And this guy named Joe Satriani i recently listened to, but he has almost no exposure.

    Unfortunately, the only "super stars" today are the Jonas Brothers. makes me mad, but even the guys who still rock and are keeping pure rock alive are getting old (Green Day, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers are all pushing 40, if not already there.)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Apparently a 14 year-old is playing guitar for Siberian Khatru here:

    Paul Green School of Rock - Siberian Khatru

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlyZTzM70lU

    Youtube thumbnail

    8:24

    Here's another Rock School video:

    School of Rock "Siberian Khatru" ...Watch Out Steve!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOl9l4XE8So

    Youtube thumbnail

    5:58

    Which are part of my questions:

    "What do you think is the better version of Siberian Khatru (click for links)?"

    http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Al...

    http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Am...

    http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ai...

    ;-)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The best instrumentalists are people that most have never heard of.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.