Slash Talks to Loudwire About His Favourite Guitarists From the Past and Present!
Slash recently sat down with Loudwire to talk about a variety of topics including his latest album and tour with the Conspirators, Guns N” Roses and of course some of his favourite guitarists. Here’s what he was asked and had to say about the past guitarists and current guitarists he’s a fan of:
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Looking at your socials, I noticed a mix of things and you do a great job of giving nods to your fellow peers, especially guitarists, whether it be a birthday or a tribute of some sort. So I wanted to know, who were the guys you were paying attention to when you first started as a guitarist and also is there somebody in the younger generation that you’re really excited about what they’re doing, and putting out there?
Well let’s go with the younger generation first. It’s hard to say. There’s a lot of guitar players in the younger generation. I mean there’s tons of them, and there’s some really good ones. I like to see these people online, or on YouTube, or somebody might turn me on to something, or send me a link, and say check this out. I don’t know any of these people’s names, but there’s some brilliant guitar players out there, and they’re all pretty young.
That said, there’s guitar players like Gary Clark Jr. who’s no spring chicken, but he’s to me, a newer guitar player on the scene compared to some of the other people I listen to. I think he’s phenomenal. You can never give enough props to Jack White. I love Jack. John 5, who is technical … he’s somebody who is probably one of the most brilliant technical guitar players I’ve seen or heard, and he’s also a friend. So those are the guys that I think, that come to mind, that I’m very familiar with, that are sort of the newer guard.
Then you got guys like Jerry Cantrell that came up a lot around the same time that I did. James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, oh , a lot of amazing guys. Dimebag sadly is not around anymore, but we came up around relatively close to the same time. Zakk Wylde as well.
As for the guys that I was into, and that I still listen to when I came up were definitely Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and [Jimi] Hendrix. Then there’s Jimmy Page, and I got into Albert King and B.B. King and Freddie King. I think we all call them the three Kings, but I love those guys. Buddy Guy, and then guys like Billy Gibbons and Rick Nielsen and Joe Walsh.
As I’ve been playing for awhile, then you get more and more exposed to those guys. Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford, and Angus and Malcolm Young. I mean, I could go on, and on, and on. There’s so many guitar players that were an influence on me. Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, there was a period in the ’80s when those two guys were there, and Uli Jon Roth is another one. So there’s a lot of different types of guitar players that had a big influence. I still listen to all those guitar players still.