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Brad Whitford

Brad Whitford

Brad Whitford, guitarist for the legendary band Aerosmith (heard of ‘em?), has been perfecting his extraordinary talent for well over 40 years. This man knows his way around a six-string. He’s been an integral part of Aerosmith’s dominance of mainstream rock charts around the globe since the 70s. But just because Whitford’s solos are known more for their smooth, refined sound, doesn’t mean he can't dish out heavy guitar licks to match any Rock God. Remember the hit "Back in the Saddle"? Of course you do. He’s the badass on lead guitar. This man is a legend.

Butch Walker

Butch Walker

Emerging from the LA music scene in the late 80s, Butch Walker has played the part of both lead vocalist and lead guitarist in a number of bands over the past couple of decades. Bands like SouthGang, Marvelous 3 and his current project, Butch Walker and the Black Widows. Along with being a full-fledged rocker, Walker is also an acclaimed and highly sought-after producer. He’s produced for artists including Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, P!nk and Tommy Lee—not to mention all the folks who’ve made hits from tunes that crawled out of his hit-filled head. Let’s just say in the world of Rock 'n' Roll, this guy’s practically royalty. Need we say more?

Eddie Martinez

Eddie Martinez

This master of the hammer has been one of the most respected guitarists in the music industry for over 40 years. And for good reason—he’s worked his ass off. Eddie Martinez has compiled quite an impressive aural oeuvre, from his solo projects to his numerous collaborations with some of rocks biggest names, including the likes of Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf, and Robert Palmer. (Not too shabby.) He's influenced budding guitarists for decades, and will undoubtedly inspire countless musicians for decades to come. After a long, but much-deserved hiatus from the spotlight, Martinez is back—hitting the stage once again. If anyone knows rock, this man knows rock.

Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer—what do all these musical legends have in common? They've all had the esteemed pleasure of collaborating with six-string savant, Steve Stevens. This man has been dominating rock arenas for the better part of three decades. The dude co-wrote "Rebel Yell" with Billy Idol. Rebel f*#%in’ Yell! Now that’s something you highlight on your rock résumé. But Steven’s mark on the music industry doesn’t stop there. Along with his solo successes and partnerships with the aforementioned legends, Sir Stevens has also collaborated with Vince Neil, Ric Ocasek and the Thompson Twins. Oh, and in case you didn’t already know, he also wrote the anthem for the movie Top Gun, which turned into Grammy gold for him in 1987. Boom!