Sometimes, my mind randomly flashes back to 2009.
After all, that was a really good hair year for me.
But it's also the year rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea—and some other bipeds—performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Is it just me, or is it jarring to see James Hetfield and Jeff Beck together on the same stage?
Regardless, the song plays a part in the history of three of the guitarists:
• Jeff Beck recorded the song with the Yardbirds in 1965.
• Jimmy Page inherited the song when he joined the Yardbirds in 1966.
• Joe Perry and his band, Aerosmith, covered it in 1974.
By the way, if you're not familiar with Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio's 1956 version of the tune, you might want to check it out. They added a three-note, minor-key repeating guitar line to the song, a line that features some early distorted guitar. Lots o' people, myself included, insist that Grady Martin played the distorted guitar on the Burnette version.
Anyway, enjoy this trip down memory lane to 2009, that great hair year of mine!
P.S.: Keep watching the video for an edited performance of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" by Page and Beck, followed by some less interesting stuff.
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado. His New York-based band, the Blue Meanies, has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band the Gas House Gorillas and New York City instrumental surf-rock band Mister Neutron, also composes and records film soundtracks. He writes GuitarWorld.com's The Next Bend column, which is dedicated to B-bender guitars and guitarists. His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.