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Metal Dog: Revisiting Paul Gilbert's 'Terrifying Guitar Trip' — Split-Screen Video

Technical Difficulties, Racer X's third studio album, came out in late 1999.

One of the album's many shred highlights is its instrumental title track, which was composed by Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert and drummer Scott Travis.

In the pro-shot, partially split-screen video below, however, we find Gilbert playing "Metal Dog," an early version of "Technical Difficulties," way back in 1994. The clip is actually from a top-notch instructional video called Terrifying Guitar Trip, which is available as a DVD.

The song, in its later "Technical Difficulties" incarnation, would go on to appear in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend and was covered by cellist duo 2Cellos on their 2012 album, In2ition. They even shot a music video for it, and we've included it below. We've also included a clip of Gilbert playing "Technical Difficulties" from around the same time. Enjoy!

Paul Gilbert performs an early version of 'Technical Difficulties' with some split screen action in 1994.#Guitar...

Posted by Forgotten Guitar on Monday, November 9, 2015

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.