Be My Guest: The Top 10 ‘Guest’ Guitar Solos

Here’s my latest for Gibson.com: The Top 10 ‘Guest’ Guitar Solos. If you have any other favourites, go ahead and add them to the comments section on Gibson.com. Me, my personal favourites include John Petrucci’s guest turn on Marty Friedman’s “Black Orchid” and Steve Vai’s solo on Devin Townsend’s “Triumph.”

10. Spinal Tap, “Break Like the Wind”

Soloists: Slash, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck

After a somewhat… clumsy solo from Nigel Tufnel during the title track from Spinal Tap’s 1992 album (at the time bass player Derek Smalls told Guitar World it was a “reinsertion” rather than a reunion), the unbeatable quartet of Slash, Lukather, Satriani and Beck arrive to put the song back on track. None of these four guests was a stranger to the odd classic guest solo spot, but their appearance on the track was something of a surprise to Tufnel, who told GW, “I walk in and see on the board, from left to right, ‘Neve’ [the name of the board], then Beck, Satriani, Lukather, Slash. I thought it was a send-up.” However, Tufnel had the good grace to concede that the track “turned out good.”

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