Bob Dylan obliges annoying fan in Berkeley by actually playing ‘Free Bird’

(via SFGate)

You’ve seen that guy.

He emerges from some dark corner of the audience, maybe drunk, gawkily shoving his way through the crowd as the audience stands contented, mesmerized by the rock god onstage. He leans forward next to your ear, brutishly disturbing your daydream with a shrill, piercing shout:


Eyes roll in the audience. The man’s face snarls with wretched delight. He is the only one laughing.

But just before your disgust impels you to jam your elbow into this troll’s ribcage, a guitar rings out. Everyone turns to the stage.

Holy hell, Bob Dylan is actually playing “Free Bird.”

To the shock of a Berkeley audience, Dylan closed out his set at the Greek Theater last week — which featured covers of some of Frank Sinatra’s most famous songs from his newest album “Fallen Angels” —  with a take on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 hit “Free Bird.”

Five Kick-Ass Isolated Guitar Tracks


(Source: NME)

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Free Bird’

It’s  undoubtedly one of the greatest guitar performances of all time: the late Allen  Collins ripping through the monster-sized solo from Lynryrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free  Bird’. And you thought it was hard to play on Guitar Hero

2. Michael Jackson – ‘Beat It’

Here’s  Eddie Van Halen solo-ing on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’. Steve Lukather of Toto playing the iconic riff, also available isolated on YouTube – just one  reason why Gibson Guitar Corporation named him among the top 10 session  guitarists of all time.

3. The Stone Roses – ‘Love Spreads’

If you  were in any doubt that John Squire is up there with the greatest British  guitarists, listen to this incredible isolated guitar part from ‘Love Spreads’.  You can find the other instruments isolated on YouTube too, meaning if you’re  incredibly bored you can open all of them at the same time and pretend you’re  with them in the recording studio.

4. The Beatles – ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

It’s not as cleanly isolated as some of the others, but the sound of  ol’ slow hands Eric Clapton guesting on George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar  Gently Weeps’ is that of a master at work. He really starts to make it wail at  about two minutes in.

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Under The Bridge’

Stunningly intricate guitar-work from John Frusciante on this: more  fragile than you might imagine.

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