Among the highlights were Les Paul's demonstration of his "little black box," a sweet, subtle rendition of "Georgia" with Paul on lead and jazz guitar phenom Stanley Jordan on rhythm, and a blues cutting contest between David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Jan Hammer of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
The high-energy peak of the show for me was the video below, featuring Eddie Van Halen—who was then the gold standard of rock guitar—with two highly esteemed musical collaborators.
The performance was novel on many levels. It was a rare opportunity to see Eddie Van Halen at the peak of his powers with world-class musicians whose chops were several notches above the average rock 'n' roller's. In his namesake band, Van Halen did the solos and emitted all of the fireworks, but here the virtuosic Jan Hammer held his own (and produced musical ecstasy faces to match). The Hammer-Van Halen point-counterpoint solos and climactic low-to-high, guitar-and-keys unison run before the closing main theme all point up the singular potency of jazz finesse married to the raw power of amplified rock.
More Van Halen at "Truth and Beauty":
Eddie Van Halen's "Fair Warning": an appreciation
Great Guitar Solos, #4: Dweezil Zappa Nails "Eruption"
Avery Molek. Seven-year-old drummer.
[includes performance video of Avery doing
"Hot for Teacher" and "Girl Gone Bad"]