Classic NT musician syndrome. I played bass in a band in high school where we did a lot of goofy technical shit and used 8 million pedals, but our songs weren't really that good. I was obsessed with uber technique for a long time; Victor Wooten was my hero. One day I kind of realized that nobody really cares how good your chops are if you don't have any unique expression or artistry to your playing.
There's a very popular Sublime tribute band around Atlanta here, actually. I play in an Incubus tribute band and we've been working to get some opening gigs with them, because they have a big draw. They have a big draw because they play songs that people care about. Funny that I don't see any Dream Theater tribute bands making money on the club circuit, no?
I'm sure Yngwie Malmsteen could have shredded George Harrison into the ground, but which one has lasting cultural impact?
More to the point, which one do people care about?