Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” may be the granddaddy of the modern solo spot as we know it. This clip from 1982 is listed as “Eruption,” but many of Eddie’s classic bits are present: “Little Guitars (Intro),” the intro to “Mean Street,” and some speedy licks reminiscent of “Spanish Fly” all dart in and out of the 12:00 showcase.
Bonus solo: Check out this version of “Cathedral” from 1983. Dig that bizarre Kramer double neck.
Pointy Guitar’s Solo Spot Week is a special feature in honor of … well, we just felt like it.