This video is from a Les Paul tribute concert that was aired on TV in 1988. As far as I know, it’s never been released on any format anywhere. [Insert upside-down smiley face here.]
(Update: The concert, which was called Les Paul: He Changed The Music, was released on video and then on DVD. Unfortunately, according to this review the DVD is moderately dreadful, as it’s simply a copy of the VHS tape, and “no effort was made to improve the image quality”. So it’s not a proper DVD. It’s just a DVD of a VHS tape. Grrr.)
The part of the concert I treasured the most – and watched repeatedly – was the following clip of Eddie Van Halen jamming with some heavy-duty musicians.
As much as I liked Eddie’s diddly-doodly-diddly-wah-wah-whee playing, the most exciting part of the jam for me was the presence and participation of Tony Levin, one of my all-time favourite bass players. He’s an amazingly good bassist who has played with a bewildering amount of artists (his discography is frighteningly huge). Although Tony has played with hundreds of musicians, he’s associated predominantly with two: Peter Gabriel (you can hear Tony’s bass work on “Sledgehammer“) and King Crimson (try “Sleepless” – and this post).
Here are some other videos from the concert: