Just wanted to mention so they don’t continue to be overlooked as they’ve been since the 70’s but Burke Shelly died yesterday. Singer and bass player for Budgie. Great band from my youth and to this day. I’d post vid if I were any good at it.
So, I'm a child of the 80's I guess. My high school days were a time of Van Halen and hair metal (I tended toward the metal). I remember learning of David Lee Roth doing solo work and having Steve Vai as his guitarist. Steve at that point was best known for his work with Frank Zappa. I also recall listening to both his previous work and that with DLR back then. He blew my mind. To this day, he is still killing it on the guitar. First track is relatively recent, and the bending he does is just crazy. The second, is of a live show in the 2000's. Great talent, great performer.
The genius that gets overlooked too, Robin Trower. Not only the hard and heavy albums but when you listen to the albums In City Dreams and Caravan To Midnight he could do it all. James Dewar beautiful voice.