On March 14, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Buddy Guy into its ranks, and few would dispute the honor. During the edited broadcast of the event, on VH1, Guy proved that, even after all these years, he's still got the goods. He's the most vibrant blues musician of his generation still playing.
But museum-styled honors and the crusty kudos afforded so many old-timers aside, Guy should be remembered as the most visceral of the Chicago blues guitarists, a man whose scathing tone and snaky lines paved the way for Jimi Hendrix and hundreds of others.
For proof of Guy's snarling genius, scope out the recently released "Festival Express" film, which documents the late-'60s cross-Canada trek featuring the cream of the era's rock acts. Sure, the Dead, Janis Joplin and the Band turned in amazing sets during the film, but it is Guy, playing a concert sequence in broad daylight, who steals the show. Think the blues is your father's music? Watch Guy burn the place down with his bare hands and trusty Fender Stratocaster.
Guy still plays with the same fire, as those lucky enough to catch his 9 p.m. Saturday show in the Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls, will surely attest. Tickets are $35 (casino store, Ticketmaster). Call 278-4944.