“I don’t remember how old I was when this came out, but my mom said to somebody at the store in the military base where we were living, ‘What are all the young people who like rock music buying?’ And so she bought me this record, along with Poison’s Open Up And Say… Ahh! That sort of started my love for this kind of music.
“Slash is one of my favorite guitar players. He shreds pretty massively, but everything he does is so musical and melodic; it doesn’t sound like exercises and scales to me. I’ve always been attracted to melodic guitarists, and what I love about Slash is that he can get very bold and aggressive, but it’s never too wanky or show-offy. Plus, he’s totally rooted in the blues, which I think is cool.”