The Top 5 Hidden Gems of the '80s
Nothing too hidden about these guys. Especially not if you've read The Dirt.
03. Def Leppard: "Rock Brigade"
One of the first bands to bring the New Wave of British Heavy Metal over to the States, Def Leppard broke into the mainstream with the release of their debut album, 1980's On Through The Night. Only this and the band's sophomore release, High 'n' Dry, feature the guitar playing of Pete Willis, as he was fired during the recording of 1983's Pyromania. Hardly any of the first album is ever played live, and as a result most people are unfamiliar with Willis' spectacular playing. Thus: hidden gem.
"Rock Brigade" off Def Leppard's first album showcases Pete Willis' guitar skills very well. For someone who was roughly 18 or 19 around the time the album was recorded, his skill level is way above that of his peers. The solo, starting at 1:26, features some really neatly phrased runs and interesting but not terribly "out there" note choices as well as a distinctly unique musical voice.
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