Battle of the Underrated Guitarists: #30 (Semi-Finals) Rick Nielsen vs Frank Zappa

a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
edited October 2008 in History of Rock
Wow, again a suprise entry, I suppose everyone expected Zappa to go this far, but Nielsen? he beat out Howe, Ralphs, and Thomasson!


[CENTER]RICK NIELSEN[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
Rick Nielsen (born December 22, 1950 in Rockford, Illinois) is the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. For the band's first few albums, Nielsen wrote the majority of the material himself. He is well known for having many custom-made guitars from Hamer Guitars, including his famous five-neck guitar. He sings lead vocals on the demo for the song "World's Greatest Lover", which appears on the
Ain't That A Shame:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye4U7Qp5sNU

Just Got Back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbu3RpQPo8A

Reach Out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s1Jsz1lj1Y&feature=related

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[CENTER]FRANK ZAPPA[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, electric guitarist, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa worked in various musical genres, and wrote for rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers, symphony orchestra, and created musique concrète works. He also worked on feature-length films, music videos, and album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

Zappa's major commercial successes, especially within his native United States, were few. He received multiple Grammy nominations and won the Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1987 for the album Jazz from Hell.[2] Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. In 2005, his album with the Mothers of Invention, We're Only in It for the Money (1968), was included in the National Recording Registry of the US National Recording Preservation Board. The same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 71st in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[3] In 2007 his birthplace, Baltimore, declared August 9 official "Frank Zappa Day" in his honor.[4]

Politically, Zappa was a self-proclaimed "practical conservative".[5] He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion,[6] and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech and the abolition of censorship. His work embodied his skeptical view of established political processes and structures.[7] Zappa strongly opposed recreational drug use, although the use of drugs was common among musicians.[8]

Zappa was married to Kathryn J. "Kay" Sherman from 1960 to 1964 (no children), and in 1967, to Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death. They had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Gail Zappa manages the businesses of her late husband, now arranged as a trust under the name the Zappa Family Trust.
Peaches En Regalia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnZrbFL9ImM

Wowie Zowie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ziU-hj3EGI&feature=related

Montana:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJN_uWaVRfo


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