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George Lynch

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Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington and raised near Sacramento, California. He is a highly respected modern guitarist often compared with other guitar heroes such as Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Lynch is well known for his famous legato technique and common use of the scale he calls the ‘Gothic Octave’. Twice Lynch auditioned for the position of Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist, once in 1979 – losing to Randy Rhoads – and another time in 1982 to replace Brad Gillis. According to Lynch, he was hired for three days before Ozzy changed his mind and decided to go with Jake E. Lee. Lee, however claims that Lynch “got the gig, but only went on the road for two weeks to watch the show, and never actually played with Ozzy.”

Lynch came to fame in the 1980s through his work as the lead guitarist in the band Dokken (whom he had been a member of since the late 1970s). Dokken had a string of successful platinum albums such as “Under lock and key” and “Back For the attack”, that prominently featured Lynch’s inventive lead guitar work and cemented his reputation as a bonafide guitar hero. The instrumental track “Mr Scary” on Back for the attack contributed to his popularity among guitar players. The band earned a grammy nomination for the “best rock instrumental” in 1989…

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