Looking at small bits of art necessarily enters the realm of the abstract, and, of course, a guitar solo is usually shorter than a band’s catalog, much less an album or even a song. So, this gets tricky.
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Fall 1974 was a tempestuous time on the British rock scene. Particularly if you were a guitarist.
Ariel Bender left Mott The Hoople. Mick Taylor was on his way out of The Rolling Stones. Adrian Fisher was sacked by Sparks. And Brian May, if the rumor mill was telling the truth, was about to leave Queen.
Collectors and archivists have registered a handful of surviving outtakes, but little of it sets the pulse racing — instrumental versions of “Tenement Funster,” “Flick Of The Wrist” and “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” and an early take of “Brighton Rock.” But the band also recorded a “new” version of the musical-hall standard “Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.”
In 2004, Rodgers was invited to close the first Annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards show with “All Right Now.” Having just played the song on “The Strat Pack” DVD, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, with Brian May, Rodgers called May to see about performing the song again at the awards show.