Video: Eight Solo-Guitar Versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

by Damian Fanelli
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at 11:47am

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

In honor of this week's holiday, I originally — and simply — wanted to share a grainy, vintage video of my all-time favorite guitarist, 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 Yngwie Malmsteen's recent version ... and Eric Johnson's version — and then I found versions by Slash and Dave Mustaine ... and, of course, there's the granddaddy of them all, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

So I figured the more, the merrier! I could've kept on going (There's always Cliff Burton's version, and a commenter mentioned Neal Schon), but I think eight versions of the same song gets the point across, and this represents a nice mix of styles.

Feel free to compare and contrast!

Happy holiday!

TED NUGENT




STEVE VAI




YNGWIE MALMSTEEN




SLASH




DAVE MUSTAINE




ERIC JOHNSON




STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN NOTE: This one needs to be edited!




JIMI HENDRIX

Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World.