playingdead, thank you for not taking my critique too hard. Before I posted it I thought should I do this or should I just send in a You guys rock. I opted for the former. I figured I'd wait and see what reply I got from you, see how you felt about your rendition, and I could always backpedal nice later, which is what I'm doing now. The truth of the matter is, bands, the performers themselves, are always their worst critique. You guys will be much harsher on yourselves than me, but I had to wait and see how you felt about the rendition before I could respond further.
The band I used to play in did this song and we did it based off of Europe '72. (A very inspiring version.) We also had our ups and downs. For the rhythm guitarist it is very difficult to get it into a groove. I know, I was playing the Bobby part. I knew when it wasn't turning the corner on the riffs and I knew what it was like to be in quicksand, trying to get it working. You have to be slippery on that Bobby part, opting to exchange perfection for fluidity. The rhythm guitarist has to take the tempo away from the lead guitarist or the lead guitarist will overwhelm the tempo with the bass lines. The drummer will hear the bass lines more than anything and opt for that as his clock. Then you start sinking in quicksand.
So for the rhythm guitarist, to enable things a little better, he should really try to turn those lead riffs over and in the process turn sideways to the drummer, get eye contact, and use body language to add umph to things. The RG and the drummer then own the show at that moment. The LG will be so thankful for this going into the first break.
At the break, the RG should come in strong on that G chord with nice even rhythm strokes, again working with the drummer, eye contact, body language, an insider's in-the-know sort of mentality of let's get this baby off the ground. Once it levitates, you don't even have to worry about the beat. The beat goes along tacitly understood, and you guys dance around it, playing with it, being ahead of it at times and in back of it at times, even right on it for PUNCH.
I'm sure you know when you have those magical moments when it just floats on air and you can do no wrong. It is because you've gotten lift off.