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As the premier season of the show comes to a close, Richie Sambora sends it off with a fun, free-wheeling episode that looks at his high-drama fingerwork on “Only Lonely” from Bon Jovi’s second record, 1985’s 7800° Fahrenheit.

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Check out this clip from the latest episode where Chris Shiflett discusses his first electric guitar, a fateful acquisition he made in high school, and an incredibly thoughtful gift from Pat Smear.

In the latest episode of Shred with Shifty, we shine a light on a few incredible listeners who tackled the "Limelight" solo and one especially tuned-in player who hit one of Shifty's solos. We also air unreleased footage from Alex Lifeson, Nile Rodgers, Rivers Cuomo, and Lindsay Ell.
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CHIC bandleader Nile Rodgers and his Hitmaker spill the history behind writing the unforgettable music and lyrics for Diana Ross’ iconic smash, “I’m Coming Out.”

Nile Rodgers gives Chris Shiflett the full, eyebrow-raising story of how he and bassist Bernard Edwards penned Diana Ross’ hit, “I’m Coming Out.” The duo had tried the song’s drumbeat on many other tracks—they nicknamed it “the hesitation waltz”—but its playful rhythm didn’t land until they wrote the song for Ross. Rodgers explains that his neck-pickup “chucking” on the song, which is most clearly voiced on the highest three strings, was structured around the vocal melody. “I’m a very hook-oriented guy,” says Rodgers. “I believe in reinforcing the thing that is melodically the motif that the house is built on.”

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