Watch Herman Li and Paul Reed Smith trade licks at a DragonForce show

Herman Li and Paul Reed Smith playing guitar onstage
(Image credit: PRS/Twitter)

Show up to a DragonForce concert, and you'd expect a healthy helping of power metal shredding. Yet seasoned gig-goers have also come to expect something else: a barnstorming bluegrass arrangement of Flatt & Scruggs’ Randy Lynn Rag.

True to form, that is exactly what attendees got at the band’s April 7 gig at the Baltimore Soundstage. However, there was one surprise twist: for the cover, DragonForce electric guitar ace Herman Li invited none other than PRS head honcho Paul Reed Smith himself onstage to trade licks.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.