Rock N’ Roll Collaborations

The best faces of Rock N’ Roll on one track.

Written by Rodney Sheehan, of Super Action Rock Band, Mass Driver

I love musical collaborations in rock music. I can’t get enough of someone from one band joins another for a recording or a one time performance. I spend way too much time watching videos of guitarists from one band ripping leads in another bands songs.

For this article I’ve compiled a few of my favorite studio or one off collaborations:

“Always On The Run” by Lenny Kravitz, Featuring Slash

If you’re 30 or below you probably only know of Lenny Kravitz from his movies…his music being the soundtrack of car commercials….and his giant scarf.

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Seriously…look at that thing

But he actually used to rock. And when you need an ass kicking lead you call none other than Slash. And as usual…. Slash does not disappoint. He has an uncanny ability to play the perfect leads for any song that he’s featured on.

 HIGHLIGHT: Kravitz saying “Slash” right before ripping the solo

“Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Featuring Tom Morello

I’ll start by saying that I’ve never been a big Bruce or E street Band fan. They’ve just never really done much for me. Now all of that being said…….I LOVE THIS VIDEO. I loved it when I first saw it almost ten years ago and I still love it. If it doesn’t move you than you my friend ….have no soul. When Tom Morello starts doing his Tom Morello thing….it sends shivers down my spine.

HIGHLIGHT: Right around the 7:50 mark when we see Bruce rocking out while Morello is ripping licks

“Phantom Lord” and “Jump In The Fire” by Metallica featuring Dave Mustaine

The Mustaine/Metallica beef has been well documented over the years. So when Mustaine showed up to play a few of the songs that he helped write….it was huuuuuuge! Especially to an old Metalhead like myself. I’ll watch this video a few times a month and the hot licks and pointy guitars always put a huge smile on my face!

HIGHLIGHT: Around 3:27 when Mustaine rips into the solo for Phantom Lord.

And here are a few that deserve honorable mentions:

“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath Featuring Phil Collins

W.T.F.?????

and speaking of Sabbath……..

“A Song For Jeffery” by Jethro Tull Featuring Toni Iommi

This was filmed during the brief time that the riff master himself “Toni Iommi” played with Tull (while using a strat!) Here’s a video of Iommi talking about his brief stint in Tull

“R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” by Ramones Featruing Lemmy

I used to have this concert on VHS. The Ramones had a lot of guest stars joining them onstage. But Lemmy’s appearance was always my favorite. Especially how he’s playing the bass before it’s even plugged in!

There are endless videos out there of interesting collaborations…..which is great news for me because I can’t get enough of them. If you come across anything interesting let us know.  Happy Hunting!

Rodney Sheehan plays rad riffs for the Super Action Rock band, Mass Driver! For more information, videos, and and music, check out their page here! 

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