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Backstage with Baldy

St. Louis – May 12th

What makes a great guitar solo?
Well, for one thing, it can be played by Michael Schenker. That’s a whole different topic though. (He’s my favorite)
The above question popped into my head after I began to notice something over the course of the last several years that has continued on during this most recent tour.
At nearly every Alice In Chains show, fans go nuts for the guitar solo in No Excuses.
It’s almost weird in a way. Jerry has played a lot of solos in his time, and while I think all of them are really good, I never see a reaction in concert like I see during No Excuses.
What is it exactly? Why do people consistently lose their minds during the solo to that song?
I wouldn’t be mentioning it if it didn’t happen at virtually every show when that song is played. (It happened again last night in St. Louis)
The solo section comes, Jerry rips it loose, and the fans scream like little girls.

There must be an algorithm that some musically inclined nerd out there can study to figure out what in the hell is going on in that solo.
Or maybe you guys can tell me. Why are you screaming so much more noticeably during that solo than any other one?
I recognize that it’s kickass, but there’s got to be something more to it.

Maybe it’s just perfect. That might be it.
Jerry has a Schenker-esque quality in that there are certain solos where it just seems like every note is right where it needs to be, for just the right amount time, with the perfect tone and feel to it. I think that’s the case with No Excuses.

Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it and it’s just a great solo.
Whatever’s happening there, I just know that he’ll keep cranking it out, you’ll keep screaming, and I’ll keep wondering…

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