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

Happy Independence Day, everyone! In honor of the holiday, I originally wanted to share a grainy, vintage video of 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 Eric Johnson's version—and then I found versions by Slash and Dave Mustaine. So I figured the more, the merrier. I could've kept on going (There's always Cliff Burton's version, and let's not forget Neal Schon), but I think this handful gets the point across. Feel free to complain, compare and contrast! Enjoy your holiday!

TED NUGENT


STEVE VAI


SLASH

DAVE MUSTAINE

ERIC JOHNSON

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

Note: This video needs to be edited!

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.