Yea. On one hand, it seems hard to deny that he was very influential, given the significant amount of reaction to him and how much he gets talked about as "the guitar hero who started it all for me". On the other hand, that influence is indeed primarily felt among mainly American guitar players and rock fans who were born around the 70's or at least grew up in the early 80's. It's definitely dominantly relative to a certain demographic. Similarly, people from my generation who grew up more in the 90's tend to near-universally hail Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. These things are quite relative to age and culture demographics.I know it is extremely difficult for some Americans, I don't know why, but the things that were popular in your town were not necessarily popular elsewhere.
I can assure you, the world over, Santana is far better known than VH.
Only men of a certain age, of a certain geographical location, are thinking about VH.
Trower didn't sing on any of his hits, just played guitar.
Roy Buchanan was asked to join the Rolling Stones, many others were influenced by his use of light strings, bending and tone/volume effects.
The VH party in my area disappeared after their second album. Nobody wanted to hear or play LA party rock anymore.
Clearly some members still do and that's great, but c'mon be realistic about his influence.
Oh, and Banksy. And Christo.
Huh? Jimmy is the one who has teased fans over an album for the last 20 years. I'm a fan but I just can't abide that. It's fine for him to polish the vaults (the live DVD in particular was worth doing) but it's been a serious waste for him not to release any new original material. But I was so disappointed in how Walking into Clarksdale turned out that maybe it's better he didn't. As it is now he spends all his time spinning old stories on Facebook which, I dunno, I guess is natural for a guy his age but it's, it's just sad. I don't really vibe with what Robert's doing anymore but at least he's doing something and even JPJ dabbles here and there, but Jimmy, such a waste.Instant ignore list.
Totally. Most of these tributes are just a way to inject yourself and your brand into the situation for some cheap impressions.I actually respect them more in a weird way for not saying anything. People can grieve and pay tribute personally and that is the way it was before the internet which is still okay now. Anybody ever hear of a greeting card? Or maybe just a phone call? Something like that is much more personal and in my opinion, thoughtful.
Social media is about bringing attention to yourself so the vibe always comes off as "It is so sad what has happened but, hey don't forget about me". As you can tell I'm not a big fan; sorry to rant.
Check out the comments from the Trixter guy. Half of his lengthy tribute was selling the public on how he was closer to Ed than your average cat that claimed to know him.Most people posting about eddie are just attention whoring the notion that there's some obligation for everyone needs to be saying something on their twitter is utterly absurd