Anyway, I mentioned in her comments that his ability to disappear reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughan and she challenged me to explain that so here goes: his ability to disappear reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's really that simple for me. I said sometime ago in comments on me + richard that while he's ridiculously good looking he doesn't really get interesting to me until he's in character and channeling something else. That's something that SRV had when he played. I once heard B.B. King describe it as "flow" and mention that he envied that in SRV. Here, let me show you.
Did you notice the way his face was totally open and relaxed? He gets out of his own way and just soars and Armitage has that same abiltiy. Frequently when I'm watching, say, George Clooney I'm totally aware I'm watching George Clooney but when I watch Armitage I'm watching Lucas North or Guy of Gisborne or Harry Kennedy. It's a gift to be able to do that and he has it in spades.
Oh, and as an aside: I don't dislike Eddie Van Halen at all. I just think the whole concept of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists!" is as stupid as the concept of "The 100 Greatest Mangoes!" I still think SRV kicks his ass.
Just because I can I'm going to leave you with more Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is also from his performance on Unplugged from 1990. Have a great day!