“What an incredible first album by any band! To hear a player like Eddie was such an eye-opening experience. There was Eruption, of course – every play in the world had to try to learn it – but there were all of those great songs: Jamie’s Crying, Runnin’ With The Devil, Atomic Punk. To listen to an amazing, guitar-driven band with such a tasteful shredder, it really turned things upside-down.
“Like so many other guitarists, I took the finger tapping and incorporated it into my own playing. Eddie may not have been the first person to do it, but he mastered the technique and popularized it, and he gave us all something to reach for.
“There’s a lot of guitarists who are pretty dazzling, but this was the perfect marriage of fantastic, melodic songs full of hooks with absolutely brilliant and unique guitar playing. There hasn’t been anything like it since.”