Guitarist Hendrix Tarihoran did an epic cover of Guns N’ Roses’ classic “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, but what makes the clip really stand out is his wee daughter dancing along, tying things in perfectly with the song title! While dad rocks out at the front, he occasionally looks back with a big smile on his face as his daughter dances to the iconic rock hit, creating an adorable bonding moment.
Rock fans absolutely loved it, with the cover clocking up 7.6 million views on his YouTube channel Hendrix Tarihoran. The video isn’t just a gimmick though, as Tarihoran is one hell of a guitarist, and completely makes the song his own through an inventive arrangement. Viewers noticed, with comments such as “A six-minute-long ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ guitar solo with the best backing dancer around! Awesome job to both of you!”
Tarihoran absolutely nails Slash’s fiery blues licks in the song’s famous solo, but he also takes Axl Rose’s hooky vocal melodies and plays them adeptly as guitar leads. The Indonesian guitarist has a real talent for arrangement as he keeps the core melody of the song without overplaying, while also adding his own flavour.
Tarihoran shows his love for classic rock and metal on his channel with a range of covers from artists such as Dream Theater, Scorpions, Joe Satriani and Yngvie Malmsteen. Some of his other popular videos feature Indonesia’s best backup dancer, such as his cover of “Pelangi” by veteran Indonesian hard rock band Boomerang, which you can watch below. In this video, his daughter performs up front and center while Tarihoran plays guitar in the back. Move over Dad!
“Sweet Child o’ Mine” remains Tarihoran’s most popular upload by a huge margin, and it’s no surprise as it’s also Guns N’ Roses’ most popular song. The mid-tempo rocker has 1.57 billion streams on Spotify – half a billion more than their second most popular song “Welcome to the Jungle”.
The song originated as a guitar exercise that Slash was fooling around with at a Guns N’ Roses jam, which rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin saw potential in. As the band worked out an arrangement, frontman Axl Rose wrote the lyrics as a romantic ode to his girlfriend at the time Erin Everly, who is the daughter of Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. If you would like to see more from Hendrix Tarihoran, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel.