Rolling Stone magazine have compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time and in amongst that list are RUSH‘s Alex Lifeson (nr 98) and axewielder SLASH (nr 65). As well as listing the top 100 guitarists, they invited other musicians to speak about their favourite guitarists and MASTODON‘s Brent Hinds was aksed to contribute his thoughts on number 25 on the list, Tony Iommi:
“I remember the first time I heard Black Sabbath. My older brother got their album Master of Reality from a kid who lived next door, and we’d been passing it around like it was crack. We were playing it with the lights down and a candle burning, when my dad burst into the room. He was like, “What is this shit?” Then he broke the record right in front of us. But the music had just struck me like lightning. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there’s a real finesse to his playing; it’s not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony’s trilling.
I injured myself at a Black Sabbath reunion concert in 1999. During “Snowblind”, we were all holding each other, and then we fell over and I hit a chair and broke my ribs. I was like, “Fuck, it hurts so bad, but I don’t want to leave. I have to keep watching Tony play!”
The top 10 guitarists from the list can be seen below:
10 Pete Townshend
9 Duane Allman
8 Eddie Van Halen
7 Chuck Berry
6 B.B. King
5 Jeff Beck
4 Keith Richards
3 Jimmy Page
2 Eric Clapton
1 Jimi Hendrix
You can see the full list on RollingStone.com by pointing your mouse in this direction. What do you think of the selection of guitarists that Rolling Stone has picked? Is there anyone you think is missing that they should have been included? Head on over to our Facebook page by clicking here and let us know what YOU think!