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Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash and More Play "The Star-Spangled Banner" — Video

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash and More Play

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

In honor of this week's holiday, I originally—and simply—wanted to share a grainy, vintage video of my all-time favorite guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in ancient times.

But then I noticed Steve Vai's particularly awesome version of the song ... and Yngwie Malmsteen's recent version ... and Eric Johnson's version—and then I found versions by Slash and Dave Mustaine ... and, of course, there's the granddaddy of them all, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

So I figured the more, the merrier! I could've kept on going (There's always Cliff Burton's version, and a commenter mentioned Neal Schon), but I think eight versions of the same song gets the point across, and this represents a nice mix of styles.

Feel free to complain, compare and contrast! Enjoy your holiday!

TED NUGENT



STEVE VAI



YNGWIE MALMSTEEN



SLASH



DAVE MUSTAINE



ERIC JOHNSON



STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

Note: This video needs to be edited!



JIMI HENDRIX

Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World.



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