Shinedown’s Zach Myers delivers a bunch
of great guitar performances on his band’s latest, Amaryllis. Here
he lists some guitar moments from other guitarists that made a big
impact on his style.
5 Candlebox I remember seeing Peter Klett in Memphis in
1995 getting amazing tones. The fluidity of his playing blew
me away. That was the first time I ever saw a silverburst Les
Paul. Later, when I became friends with him, he told me that
guitar was stolen, which broke my heart.
4 ZZ Top It was 1992, and I was nine. I remember watching
Billy finesse the guitar—making it sexy, making it something
to watch—and he did it like he was combing his hair,
like it was nothing to him. I didn’t know I wanted to be a
musician at nine, but I definitely knew I wanted to look as
f***ing cool as Reverend Billy.
3 U2 PopMart Tour It was the first time I’d ever been in the
front row at a show. Rage Against the Machine opened, and
I remember looking for a keyboard player or a DJ, because
there was no way all those sounds were coming from four
guys. Then, The Edge came out, and I found what a true
master of tone and technique is. U2 has been my all-time
favorite band ever since.
2 Jimmy Page and Robert Plant I remember thinking
in ’98 they weren’t going to do a lot of old Zep stuff since
Bonham passed. I had also read interviews where they said
they were “leaving a lot of it behind.” But then they opened
with “Good Times, Bad Times,” and it blew my mind to hear
Page sound like the record.
1 Buddy Guy I met him when I was 14. He didn’t know me
from Adam, and he had no idea I could play, but he pulled
me onstage to play “Feels Like Rain” and “Mustang Sally.”
I was hooked on guitar from then on.