There is no denying that “Space Ace” has a special swagger about him…that certain something that simply makes him special. Ace is both unable and uninterested in reading music and is generally averse to playing by anybody else’s rules but his own. Still, Ace has managed to forge a fifty-year career in music and has seen the wildly unheard-of success that street-walking guys from the Bronx don’t often see.
When it comes to the guitar, speak to me with your playing. Send me a message without actually talking to me. I don’t care how fast you can play, or how many notes you can jam in a 30-second solo. Is that impressive from a technical standpoint? Sure. Does it speak to me personally? Not really.
As I’ve said before, the Rock and Metal game has long been dominated by men. These days, there are so many incredible, shredding lead guitarists out there who are females. With hard-rocking players like Courtney Cox in the game, the narrative is changing.
I could go on forever about my top favorite video game soundtracks (which I probably will do at some point), but, today I want to talk about when the soundtrack is the game. I’m referring to nothing other than the “Rhythm” genre.
Throughout history, there have been, and there will be many more great guitar players, but there was only one Eddie Van Halen. You see, once every generation or so, we are gifted with a special talent. Someone so different, so otherworldly, so innovative that they completely upend things, and change them forever. Once that happens, there is no going back. It’s impossible. In Eddie Van Halen, for the last forty-plus years, we found that someone.