Written by Al Newstead
As of last night, a man in Austin, Texas now holds the new world record for the longest guitar solo of all time.
David DiDonato, a member of local band Modok and music instructor, broke the Guinness Book World Record after a 24 hour session that saw him surpassing the previous record by nearly forty minutes. Richmond.com reports that DiDonato used a local club called Red 7 to stage his record attempt, with both a live webstream and audience members to help verify his achievement. Playing for 24 hours and 55 minutes, with a Guinness approved five minute break every hour, DiDonato set a new record that beat the previously set 24 hours and 17 minutes.
The world’s leading living axe legend however, was not that impressed.
Speaking to Tone Deaf this morning for a forthcoming interview, former Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash was sceptical. “Oh… and not repeating one lick?” he queried, “what’s the criteria for guitar solo after it goes over thirty minutes? If you keep doing the same thing over and over again is that still considered a guitar solo.”
Having been ranked #2 (behind Jimi Hendrix) in a recent Time magazine survey amongst the greatest guitarists of all time, Slash knows a thing or too about soloing himself. ”I’m actually surprised it’s that short. I thought it would be way longer. Somebody soloing for a week… I pictured in my head some guy sitting around for three days.”
Is that the sound of Slash throwing down the gauntlet?
“Well hey, you know they have those dance contests that last for days…”
Jokes aside. Slash ended up offering the new world-recorder his accolades, “God bless him for hanging in there.”
You can view portions of Dave DiDonato’s web-streamed, world record solo below.
Edited by Jahfin, 16 May 2012 - 01:53 PM.