On the first anniversary of his death, let’s check out one of Prince’s most monumental performances, the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI. Those guitars, that suit, the rain … it’s all worth dealing with the NFL mini-documentary in which the performance is encased.

Very sad to memorialize the exalted Allan Holdsworth who has died at 70. Early on the guitarist recorded with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime, but secured his place as a legend with solo albums like I.O.U. and Metal Fatigue. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise shared the following on Facebook:

We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing.

A known beer aficionado, presumably Allan would appreciate us raising a pint and enjoying this live reading of “Where is One.”

Have you heard Lionel Loueke? Click and be amazed.

While listening to the aforementioned No Guitar is Safe podcast, I was reminded of the time when Joe Satriani toured with none other than Mick Jagger. (The story of how this happened can be found in the inaugural episode of the above.) Here are Satch & Mick (along with guitarist Jimmy Rip, bassist Doug Wimbish et al.) in Japan doing a song from Jagger’s Primitive Cool album.

Wonderful stuff from Israeli-born Gilad Hekselman and his trio.

Ready for pristine tone and perfect playing? Check out this clip of Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan performing “Morning Sun.”

Here’s a nice live take on the track “Bomb” from Tom Verlaine and company, ca. 1987.

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