In the hit 1985 film Back to the Future, 1980s teen Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, fills in on guitar at the high school dance. As we all know by now, he blows the minds of the Fifties-era kids and musicians in attendance by incorporating power chords, feedback and two-handed tapping into “Johnny B. Goode.”
The musical highlight, however, was an appearance by one of Lennon's biggest heroes, Chuck Berry. Berry and Lennon even performed "Johnny B. Goode" and "Memphis, Tennessee" with Lennon's average-in-every-way 1972 backing band, Elephant's Memory. You can watch both performances below.
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A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
This past Saturday night, Michael J. Fox (who has Parkinson's Disease) strapped on a red Gibson ES-345 and performed Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"—just as he (as Marty McFly) did in the 1985 comedy Back to the Future. He wasn't actually playing the guitar in the movie, of course; he was just going through the motions, as actors tend to do.