Re: Very hypothetic question!

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Posted by Steve T. on December 22, 1999 at 21:17:44:

In Reply to: Very hypothetic question! posted by Lone Crap Shooter on December 22, 1999 at 16:15:39:

Brian's multi-instrumental abilities made a huge difference in the band's sound and direction in the mid-to-late sixties, but in the context of the standard Rolling Stones two-guitar stage show, Brian would have needed to carry his weight accordingly. First and foremost this would have cast him as a steady 2nd guitarist -- playing lead, rhythm, slide, or acoustic as needed, as well as the occasional harmonica or exotic instrumentation touch. One limitation the Stones had developed by the late-60's was the absence of a "red hot guitar hero", which was rapidly becoming standard fare for the other top groups of the day. Mick Taylor filled that role admirably, especially for the live shows. A brilliant lead player to Keith's rhythm riffing. Brian was superbly gifted and versatile, but to an audience that had become accustomed to the likes of Hendrix, Clapton and Page, the original Stones would not have sounded all that hot by comparison heading into the 70's. I wonder if they might have continued to feature Brian as multi-instrumentalist while simultaneously bringing in a new guitarist to team up with Keith?

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