“That’s all I wanted to do as a kid. Play a guitar properly and jump around. But too many people got in the way.” – Syd Barrett
There had been many guitar moments throughout the world ever since the guitar came into existence. With its rising popularity among fans a number of events, concerts, festivals, and guitar tours have been organised throughout the globe. In this blog, I, Rex a guitarist and guitar instructor try to point out some of the important guitar moments in the last two decades. I will try to pick some of the coolest, greatest, and most important musical moments. This list by no means is complete and it is quite impossible to publish such a list as there are hundreds and thousands of such great moments. You are free to leave your comment if you feel that some others should have been included.
October 25, 1996: During 1990’s a great number of musical events had just one name – “Lollapalooza”. But it all changed in 1996 when Ozzy Osbourne launched his own music event, called Ozzfest, it was an alternative to the grunge-laden ‘palooza. Ozzfest’s has run for more than a decade and has toured every heavy-hitter in metal, including Slayer, Sabbath, Metallica and Judas Priest. And as a bonus, fans are assured a little bit of the Ozzman himself each summer.
1996: By mid-to-late nineties, it seemed that all everybody in the field of guitar knew all the parts and gears of a guitar until Line 6 launched their first digital modeling guitar amplifier. Line 6 launched during 1996, with their first digital modeling guitar amplifier, the original Flextone—a single 12, 60 watt, combo amp. In the next six months, the AxSys 212 was released. The company underwent a rapid expansion in the early 2000s due to the success of their Pod product line, which isolated modeling circuitry from the AxSys amplifier. Within a short span of time Amp modeling became the best way to approximate a massive array of tones with whatever gears the players had. And the best part was that players had the ability to create completely new tones by combing their favorites features into digital hybrids.
October 1998: Have you ever noticed the cluster of pedal’s onstage at any rock band performance? The probability is that the first stomp box in the chain is the Boss TU-2 chromatic tuner. After the debut of the TU-2, it has become best-selling pedal by Boss and music industry’s standard for onstage tuning devices.
2005: The world’s most expensive guitar was auctioned in Doha in 2005 for $2.7million. The guitar was signed by 19 performers – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams. “Reach Out To Asia”, what this project came to be known as was an idea to raise funds to help the victims of the 2004 Tsunami Disaster. The music world came together to help aid the massive disaster that affected millions.
Are you curious to know more interesting guitar facts or try your hands on a guitar? Why don’t you contact me at GuitarConfidence.com? I am Rex and I am the founder of Guitar Confidence which provides mobile guitar lessons. I have over 40 years of experience as a musician, music instructor, arranger and performing artist. I normally go to my client’s home to give personal one-on-one lessons in the privacy of their own home. Guitar Confidence covers Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore and all cities in east and south bay.