“My parents listened to this record a lot while I was growing up. I wasn’t into it at the time because I was like, ‘Ah, that’s just old people’s music.’ Which it isn’t, of course – it’s totally cool rock music. But I was listening to Poison and stuff like that, so anything that my parents liked wasn’t going to do it for me.
“But then I kind of stole the record a while later, and that’s when I got what was so great about the band. Billy Gibbons’ use of pinch harmonics is absolutely crazy. The way he lets loose with them – they never sound out of place. A lot of metal bands will crank out the pinch harmonics, but when Billy uses that technique, he does it in a very smart way. There’s a lot of attitude in his touch.
“I’ve never been a huge blues guy, but listening to ZZ Top probably opened me up to the genre a bit. I’m not into jamming; when bands go on for too long, I lose interest. ZZ Top and George Thorogood are two blues acts that know the value of a three-minute song.”