Q. What’s the difference between a bagpipe and an onion?
A. No one cries when you chop up a bagpipe.
Well despite the bad rap the instrument gets somehow it has managed to weave its way into the fabric of classic rock. So we thought while you’re running around in green we should probably pay tribute to this instrument of minor seconds….and in doing so, bring you:
Our Top 5 Classic Rock songs with Bagpipes:
Eric Burdon and The Animals – Sky Pilot
The Bagpipe breakdown in the middle of this song is a covert recording of the pipers of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards playing “All The Bluebonnets Are Over The Border“, captured by Burdon while performing at a school. He received an angry letter from the UK government (or possibly the Crown) over his use of the recording in the song.
U2 – Tomorrow
Off the October album, “Tomorrow” is a lament to Bono’s mother, who died when he was young and features bagpipes played by some dude named Vinnie Kilduff
Paul Mc Cartney & the Wings – Mull Of Kintyre
Inspired by the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland, where McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966 and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre the Bagpipes were added by the Kintyre’s local Campbeltown Pipe Band.
Nazareth – Hair of the Dog (LIVE)
Nobody is sure when the introduction of bagpipes starting appearing in live Nazareth songs during Hair Of The Dog…but for the sake of this article, we’re glad it happened!
AC/DC – It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock n’ Roll)
The grandaddy of all classic rock songs with bagpipes it should be noted Bon Scott couldn’t play a lick on a set of bagpipes. There was some confusion over exactly what instrument he had played in his high school band…turns out, he was a drummer prior to becoming a lead singer for AC/DC. Not sure how that was confused with Bagpipes but there ya go.