He was hand-picked by George Clinton as the guitarist for Clinton’s albums. He’s skipped cities in a private jet with Rod Stewart, playing sold-out stadiums. He signed the largest deal Island Records had ever forked over for a new artist. His second solo album ousted the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for “Best Album” in Japan. Most books name him as one of the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. Just months ago Mick Jagger tapped him to be his guitarist.