Originally Posted by dazzypig
They'll come back.
Fact of the matter is, most guitarists don't have the taste to listen to many of the bands who made them back in the day to gain the right ear and inspiration.
The bigger point though is that most kids starting the instrument simply can't be arsed to put in the the time woodshedding to be technically and musically able to either conceive or play great solos any more.
Most (but not all) popular guitarists now'a'days suck... IMHO
Calling bullshit on this. The lack of solos is a MUSICAL decision. I'd say 95% of the guitar players you hear on the radio are both technically and musically proficient. They are well versed in multiple styles and at least in this town, they have to be able to read a chart. They're all capable of throwing down if the producer asked for it. The same goes for most of the guys in backing bands these days.
The real fact of the matter is that radio programmers place a high dollar figure on every second of airtime, so much as to speed most pop records up at least a half step because it "sounds more exciting" and lets them squeeze in an extra couple of commercials a day. Radio, A&R, and Producers don't want to waste any airtime on guitar solos when they could be emphasizing the real "stars", the singers. The guitar player on the record isn't going to be the guy on the road this year, and that guy probably won't have the same gig next year, so why devote time to the solo?