1: “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” (Jimmy Page) – Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV, 1971: Stairway to Heaven can be considered the greatest guitar solo of all time. The song was built around the central theme of “the quest of salvation”; the melancholy guitar riff gains and rushes with a forward momentum resulting in an epic solo. The solo was the child of guitar god Jimmy Page. The song was featured in Led Zeppelins’ album, LED ZEPPELIN IV. What made the iconic solo the greatest were the underlying harmonic functions that led the main section of the song to the uplifting hard rock solo. The outro-guitar lead connected the dots of the song by leading back to the songs first melancholic impression. Using melodious lead lines and improvised notes (during the recordings), Jimmy Page made what can only be called “The greatest solo in the history of rock.” 2: “FREE BIRD” (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington) – Lynyrd Skynyrd: The best melodies come from small, short moments of inspiration. Free Bird, may be one of the best solos that came out of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s whole career. What was a product of endless jamming and noodling resulted in a 9 minute long track that broke every concept of a classic rock tune. The song features some killer riffs, some extremely technical guitar licks and melodies. Allen Collins and Gary Rossington did justice to the chords they soloed over. The song became one of the longest songs in the history of rock and roll. Even though, the bands’ record labels plead them to shorten the song, they did not. This resulted in the iconic 9 minute track that was free bird. 3: “COMFORTABLY NUMB” (David Gilmour) – Pink Floyd the Wall, 1979: Comfortably numb is one of the best songs on the Pink Floyd playlist. The song is a joint effort between David Gilmour’s music, Roger Waters’s lyrics and Bob Ezrin’s orchestral chart. The song is minimalistic but it resonates strongly with its theme. The solo reflects and accentuates the story of the song. Gilmour’s effortless playing which prefers simplicity to complexity, and the subtle musicality makes this solo one of the best guitar solos ever to have been conceptualised. 4: “HOTEL CALIFORNIA” (Don Felder, Joe Walsh) – The Eagles Hotel California, 1976: One of the most iconic songs in the repertoire of Eagles, Don Fender and Joe Walsh, played one of their greatest solos on the song that would define the Eagles careers. The song, though starts off slow-paced, as the verses end, both guitarists leap into a dual guitar solo where one plays the lead line and the other plays the harmony. The song permanently set Joe Walsh and Don Felder into forces to be reckoned with.
2: ASHLEE SUFFERED WITH ANOREXIA NERVOSA: Ballet is a field that requires its dancers to be slender and petite and these expectations weighed Ashley down and led to her suffering from anorexia for a good couple of months. Surrounded by girls who refused to eat and were battling with eating disorders, she too soon fell prey to it and started dropping all the pounds until she weighed only 70 lbs. at her thinnest. Today she says it was solely because of her family’s intervention and forced attempts to make her eat that she survived and got to a healthy weight again. 3: ASHLEE HAS STARRED IN SEVERAL MOVIES AND TV SHOWS: Ashlee kicked off her acting career by guest starring on an episode of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ in 2004 and then went on to earn a role in ‘The hot chick’. In 2002 she was given a major role on ‘7th Heaven’ which she starred in till 2004. From 2004 to 2005 she starred in her own show that was titled ‘The Ashlee Simpson’ show and followed her life and music career. Her gig in the film ‘Undiscovered’ in the year 2002 was a flop and the film bombed at the box office. She further went on to guest star in ‘CSI: NY’, play a part in ‘Melrose Place’ and voice the character Strelka for the movie ‘Space dogs: Adventure to the moon’ in the year 2014. 4: ASHLEE WAS CALLED OUT FOR LIP SYNCING DURING HER ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ PERFORMANCCE: Due to an acid reflux disease, Ashlee was advised to lip sync during her Saturday Night Live performance. However just as she was all set to perform, the wrong vocal track started playing and she got caught. She had to walk off the stage in embarrassment and soon began to be known as the ‘Lip sync girl’. The world made fun of her and her career turned into a joke. This incident was often termed the ‘Beginning of the end’ of the Ashlee Simpson the world knew and loved.
5: SHE HAD A HARD TIME LIVING IN HER SISTER’S SHADOW: With her natural blond locks and the many facial procedures done, many people felt Ashlee was trying to look like her elder sister. However, the minute she dyed her hair black, she got attention from the media for a different reason. People started calling her an ‘Anti Jessica’ with her dark hair and alternative sound. She even got vocal about it in songs like ‘Shadow’ where she sang about her beautiful older sister who seemed to have everything and how hard it was to live in the shadow of someone else’s dream.