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What are the best live guitar solos ever?

You just can't beat the thrill and excitement of live music -and electric guitars are arguably the best instrument to provide memorable gig moments.

Whether it's in a huge cavernous arena in front of tens of thousands, or an intimate venue of a few hundred, a great electric guitar solo is truly something to behold.

But what are the best live guitar solos ever?

We've trawled through the archives and uncovered the below gems.


Prince - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

He may be sharing the stage with legends like Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and Jeff Lynne while covering a Beatles classic, but that doesn't stop Prince from stealing the show with this amazing solo.

David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb

You could probably pick a dozen or more examples of David Gimour absolutely nailing the Comfortably Numb solo - but this performance during Pink Floyd's 1994 Pulse tour is arguably the finest live execution of the solo ever.

Rory Gallagher - A Million Miles Away

A piercing, affecting guitar solo from the boy from Donegal.

Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock

No list like this would be complete without mention of Jimi Hendrix - the man who probably did more than most to invent and then perfect the art of the guitar solo.

His performance at the Woodstock Festival has gone down in history as one of the landmark moments of rock music - and it's not hard to see why.

Mark Knopfler - Tunnel Of Love

There's a lot of Dire Straits performances that could be included in this list, but this rendition of Tunnel Of Love is perhaps the best showcase of Mark Knopfler's singular talent.

Eric Clapton - Layla

'Eric Clapton is God' - it's as simple as that.

Jimmy Page - Stairway To Heaven

Jimmy Page ruled the world of guitarists back in the 70's, and his amazing solo work on Led Zep's masterpiece Stairway To Heaven shows exactly why - masterful is probably the best word to describe it.

Slash - Godfather Theme

If Jimmy Page ruled the roost in the 70's, then it was Slash who picked up the baton in the 90's. Any Guns N Roses live performance would sit comfortably in this list - but the above video showcases Slash's talent much better.