Opening for Guns N’ Roses, taking lessons from Randy Rhoads and trading licks with Steve Vai: what the Sunset Strip's golden era was really like

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Few could argue the impact and outright awesomeness of Sunset Strip-made metal and hard rock. From innovators like Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, to the sneering, Marlboro-dangling swagger of Slash, the Sunset scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s made for a a hotbed of guitar god activity that would spill out of the Strip and onto MTV.

The players likewise changed the way we look at guitar, continuing to inspire generations of finger acrobats the world over.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.