Back In 2006, Eric Johnson Shredded This Badass Version of ‘Cliffs of Dover’ That Left Everyone In Awe!
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It started off slow, but then….
Eric Johnson might be one of the most overlooked guitarists in classic rock. While many were busy praising guys like Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Eric Clapton, Johnson flew under the radar and continued to craft exhilarating instrumental tunes that dug into your soul. In fact, some might even say he’s the best all-instrumental guitarist in rock n’ roll.
Well, back in 2006 Eric shredded this incredible version of his classic hit “Cliffs of Dover” that left everybody in complete awe! Seriously, this might be one of his best performances of this song yet! It’s so unique and different from every other time he’s played it, but he makes it work so well! He starts off the song in a slow blues groove, and it slowly builds up and explodes into the thunderous tune we’re all familiar with!
Fun Fact: Johnson talked about this song in an interview with Starpolish: “It was a fluke, it really was. I remember writing that song, and my mom was actually rehearsing, and she said, ‘That’s a really nice song, that’s going to be something.’ And I thought, I don’t know, it’s just another song. But she was real encouraging about it. It was one of those songs that came to me in five minutes, and it almost sounds like it’s derived from something else, the melody. But it was just one of those things that happened and by default became a hit. I mean, it’s got a nice melody to it and its got joy to it, and I so guess by default it worked out anyhow, although it wasn’t a typical climate to embrace instrumental pieces.”
Check it out down below, and let us know what you think!