Judas Priest's Rob Halford Talks Guitar

October 15, 2008

I’ve had the fortune of being in the company of some really talented players, even on a friendship level, be it Tom Morello, Adam Jones, Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King, or Tony Iommi. There are a handful of guitar gods out there today, and some in the new genres, whether it’s the guys from Avenged Sevenfold, 3 Inches of Blood, Pelican, or Nile. It’s cool to see some of the new metal acts bringing in lead breaks, instead of straight chug-chug-chug.

Who are your favorite guitarists?
I’ve mentioned a few, like Dimebag and Tony Iommi. I like the lads from Iron Maiden, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Les Paul. Les Paul is a god. People forget the significance of Les Paul. He invented the multitrack machine, basically.

Talk about your guitar playing.
I play very rudimentary, basic things—riffage. Very simple, straightforward formats. I like to pick up the simplest given instrument. I’ve got a couple of mini Fernandes guitars that I like, with built-in rhythms, a speaker, and a headphone jack. I sometimes take them on the road or just have them at home. When the riff comes into your head, you have to get it down. I’m basically a frustrated guitar player. When I see what Glenn and K.K. can do, the vessels stand out on the side of my head! It’s just phenomenal.

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