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“This record may not resonate with the metal community, but I don’t care – it’s my list. Neal Schon is in my top five, and what’s funny is, I think that many people might overlook how important he is as a brilliant overall guitar player, which is a shame because he's really made his mark.
“I’ve based a lot of my melodic approach to playing from him. The way he holds notes and creates beautiful melodies is pretty incredible. And, obviously, he’s a world-beater of a songwriter, so he creates incredible compositions for him to play over.
“I was tied between Frontiers and Escape, but I chose Escape because I stole one of his melodic licks from the song Still They Ride. It’s something else. Neal Schon is a master.”