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Dean DeLeo Names His Top Five Most Underrated Solos

Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots performs onstage during the second annual Rock for Recovery benefit concert at The Fonda Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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We recently asked some of the best-known players in the guitar world to name their favorite lesser-known solos. In other words: no Hendrix, Clapton, Gilmour, Page et cetera. It can be fascinating to learn where artists find inspiration and sometimes it comes from the most unlikely of places.

Here, Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo gives us his top five…

1) Trip the Witch | “Planet TD1” from ‘Trip the Witch

GUITARIST: Tom Bukovac

“Any type of guitar or anything Tom Bukovac plays is so pure and tasteful, with incredible feel. Absolutely beautiful. Check out his solo on ‘Planet TD1’ and buckle up.”

2) Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West | “Bryant’s Bounce

GUITARIST: Jimmy Bryant

“Jimmy Bryan surely knew his way around a guitar. He cut a lot of great stuff with the great Speedy West.”

3) Steely Dan | “Peg” from ‘Aja

GUITARIST: Jay Graydon

“That is a fine solo. The orchestration, the choice of notes and the feel – really great.”

4) U.K. | “In the Dead of Night” from ‘U.K.

GUITARIST: Allan Holdsworth

“Allan Holdsworth on ‘In the Dead of Night’ off the U.K. record with Wetton, Bruford and Jobson. Brilliant playing by all on this record. Mr. Holdsworth is exceptional… unearthly.”

5) Talking Heads | “The Great Curve” from ‘Remain in Light

GUITARIST: Adrian Belew

“I love this solo, and I love how Adrian approached guitar in general, whether in Zappa, Bowie, King Crimson or his solo stuff. Always great to hear.”

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Buy Trip the Witch's eponymous album featuring Dean DeLeo and Tom Bukovac here.