Dave Mustaine Discusses 'The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists'

Dave Ling of Classic Rock magazine recently conducted an interview with Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine.

Dave Mustaine Discusses 'The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists'
Dave Ling of Classic Rock magazine recently conducted an interview with Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Classic Rock: How did it feel to bury some past grievances with Slayer by touring together? Mustaine: [Smiling faintly]: I didn't even talk to Kerry [King, guitarist] yet. But he did watch Megadeth's show from the side of the stage? Yeah. I've never had anything against Kerry he started it all. The many things he said about me hurt my feelings, but I'm still open to being friends with him. Maybe we'll sit down together and have a drink; he'll have Jgermeister and I'll have water. I'm a different person now, I'm 47. I'm happy in my life. But the olive branch came personally from you? Yeah. I've done a lot of that. I did it with Pantera. I did it with [estranged former bassist] David Ellefson. I had dinner recently with Dave and he said that [leaving the band] was the dumbest thing he ever did. I said, that's okay I forgive you. As I sit here talking to you now, thinking about the people I have grievances with, there are zero. I'm really happy with my life. And as my career nears its end, it's finishing at the top. Can you pinpoint why you are in such a good headspace right now? My faith [in God] is behind why I'm playing as good, and how I got rid of my demons. That I've been saved is something I don't push it on anybody, but it's helped me. It goes back to what I said about Slayer at the start. I'd said I'd never play with Satanic bands. Though people don't know this, I also said I'd never play with man-whore bands because I didn't want to go out there and struggle with staring at chicks in the audience. But when my life changed I put all that stuff on the side. I realized I could play with bands that attract female audiences; after all, guys like to go to gigs where there will be chicks even chubby ones, 'cos there are chubby dudes and I began to lighten up. That's what this whole thing's about. Right now I'm happy, joyous, free I'm your buddy, the guy you've known forever. You've said mean things about me; you've said great things about me. But we're friends; friendship is about good and bad. How did it feel to be No. 1 in Joel McIver's recent book, "The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists"? It was especially sweet when I found out that Joel has written books on Metallica. I looked at my copy of the book I wasn't on the cover or the back. I figured I'd be somewhere like No. 69. So I thumbed through it; it's a really comprehensive, good book. I got to No. 50 and I thought, "Am I in here?" I'd been told that I was, but not which position. So I got No. 16 and I saw Hetfield. I thought, "Wow," because I respect James. I'm a better lead player than he is, but he's one of the three best rhythm players in the world. The other two being? Malcolm Young [of AC/DC] and myself. Malcolm kept it basic but brought a whole new style of rhythm playing to the world. So I got to the Top 10 I still wasn't in there. Every page I turned, I became more excited. I get to No. 5 and it's Kirk [Hammett], and I thought, "Thank you, God." At that point it didn't matter [which position I was]. To be better than both of them [Hetfield and Hammett] meant so much it's been one of the pet peeves of my career and I've never known how to deal with it. I didn't realize that it has had so much bearing upon my life. Then I got to No. 2 and it was John Petrucci [of Dream Theater] and I froze. I was No. 1. What made it better still is that the guy wrote: "This isn't about Dave as a person because he's been a cock" [interjects with a bray of laughter] "These four pages are about his guitar playing, which is the best. There are people who are better at one thing that Mustaine does, and others that are better than another, but no-one who's as good at everything." All I thought was I win! In a way did it represent closure? That's it exactly. I'm not addicted [to anything] anymore. And I'm no longer struggling with past demons from another band [Metallica]. That game has ended. Lars [Ulrich] called me up and offered the chance to come to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing and not be inducted, to sit in the audience [instead]. "It's only for people who've been on the records" is what I was told. That would have been awkward. So I didn't go. There are obviously some unresolved issues on Lars' part. But you know what? If God wants me in the Hall Of Fame, I will be there. Read more of the interview from Classic Rock magazine. Video footage of Mustaine talking about Metallica in March 2008 on guitarist Dave Navarro's (Jane's Addiction) online TV show on ManiaTV.com called "Spread TV" can be viewed here.
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    That book sounds like a joke. Like the author has never even picked up a guitar.
    1 Dave Mustaine (Megadeth, MD.45) 2 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) 3 Jeff Waters (Annihilator) 4 Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) 5 Dimebag (Pantera) 6 Tony Iomi (Black Sabbath) 7 Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel) 8 James Hetfield (Metallica) 9 Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) 10 Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Voodoocult) 11 Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) 12 Pat Obrien (Cannibal Corpse) 13 Alex Skolnick (Testament) 14 Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Eyewitness, Death, Millennium, Iced Earth) 15 Kirk Hammett (Metallica) 16 Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) 17 Ihsahn ( Vegard Sverre Tveitan) (Emperor, Embryonic, Thou Shalt Suffer) 18 Kerry King (Slayer) 19 Mick Thomson (Slipknot) 20 Herman Li (Dragonforce) 21 Alex Laiho (Children Of Bodom) 22 Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) 23 Phil Demmel (Machine Head) 24 Samoth (Tomas Haugen) (Emperor, Zyklon) 25 Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) 26 Marty Friedman (Solo, Megadeth) 27 James Murphy (Death, Testament) 28 Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggers) 29 K.K Downing (Judas Priest) 30 Marten Hagstrom (Meshuggah) 31 Alex Auburn (Cryptopsy) 32 Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink) 33 Christopher Amott (Arch Enemy, Armageddon) 34 Bjorn Gelotte (In Flames) 35 Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse) 36 Eric Peterson (Testament) 37 Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) 38 Jeff Loomis (Nevermore 39 Fredrik Akesson (Opeth, Krux) 40 Andres Bjorler (The Haunted) 41 Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) 42 Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, Michael Schenker group) 43 Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Divine Heresy) 44 Waclaw 'Vogg' Kieltyka (Decapitated, Lux Occulta) 45 Jensen (Patrik Jensen) (The Haunted) 46 Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation) 47 Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) 48 Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) 49 Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) 50 Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) 51 James Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) 52 Karl Sanders (Nile) 53 Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) 54 Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) 55 Gary Holt (Exodus) 56 Rand Burkey (Atheist) 57 Mille Petrozza (Kreator) 58 Scott Ian (Anthrax) 59 Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) 60 Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) 61 Martin Larsson (House Of Usher, At The Gates) 62 Chris Degarmo (Queensryche) 63 Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquility) 64 Andre Olbrich (Blind Guardian) 65 Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) 66 Synyster Gates ( Brian Haner JR.) (Avenged Sevenfold) 67 Matt Heafy (Trivium) 68 Piotr Wiwczarek (Vader) 69 Dallas Toler-Wade (Nile) 70 Jason Mendonca (Akercocke) 71 Jesse Pintado (Terrorizer, Morbid Angel) 72 Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Ill Nino) 73 Zacky Vengeance (Zachary Baker) (Avenged Sevenfold) 74 Jack Owen (Cannibal Corpse, Adrift) 75 Sam Totman (Dragonforce) 76 Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine) 77 Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) 78 Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom Of Sorrow) 79 Thomas Fischer (Hellhammer) 80 Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) 81 Dan Spitz (Anthrax) 82 Chris Poland (Megadeth, Damn the Machine) 83 Dave Suzuki (Vital Remains, Deicide) 84 Michael Weikath (Helloween) 85 Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly) 86 'Fast' Eddie Clarke (Fastway, Motorhead) 87 Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) 88 Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall) 89 Galder (Thomas Rune Andersen) (Old Man's Child, Dimmu Borgir) 90 Paul Allender (Cradle Of Filth) 91 Paul Masvidal (Cynic) 92 Mantas (Jeff Dunn) (Venom) 93 Robb Flynn (Machine Head) 94 Dan Swano (Solo, Various Artists) 95 Joe Duplantier (Gojira) 96 Michael Romeo (Symphony X) 97 Jim Martin (EZ Street, Faith No More) 98 Matt Wilcock (Akercocke, The Berzerker) 99 Peter Lindgren (Opeth) 100 Euronymous (Oystein Arseth) (Mayhem) here is the complete list, but the thing about the list is very disturbing, there are no guitar gods such as: Muhammed Suicmez (Necrophagist), Nergal (Behemoth), any of Suffocation's guitarists, etc, well at least those I can name off the top of my head, enjoy
    DSchmitty wrote: And now people see why so many people think Mustaine is a cocky piece of shit. He just called himself, and 2 EXTREMELY mainstream and arguably overrated players the best rhythm guitar players in the world. WAKE UP Mustaine, this isn't the 80s where people would touch their guitar an hour a day and then write some cliche progression and pentatonic solo and become gods, people actually WORK REALLY HARD everyday to perfect their creative skills and technique as a talent, there are SOOO many guitarists out there that could literally run circles around you, rhythm players as well who could hold down/alt picking riffs for hours, honestly there could be a whole new top 100 list with NONE of them up there and it would be more accurate. I'm not a metallica fan btw, as I will probably get flamed to be, both bands are overrated, and both lead guitarists are FUCKING TERRIBLE (Hammett, and Mustaine), Friedman on the other hand is a virtuoso who could rip any mode up any scale and improvise over any progression, because he worked to get where he is musician/skill-wise.
    Well you were right about getting flamed, but wrong about the reason. Malcolm Young and James Hetfiled are over-rated? Reeeeaaaallly! That's a good one. Got any more "insights"? They might be getting old now but they both were pinoeers of guitar in theyre own ways and have influenced millions. Wouldnt surprise me if youre picks would list them as inspiration. Over-rated.. LOL
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    iommi invented metal guitar as soon as freidman left 'deth, they went downhill. defineteley underrated, but not number one
    also sorry for the double post, got ahead of myself, but mustaine is not the best guitarist technically or melodically in my opinion.
    Jeff Loomis anybody? Marty Friedman? John Petrucchi? Yngwie Malmsteen? Chris Broderick? and thousands of others who are about a million times better then Dave Mustane...If you think Heitfield and Mustane deserve to even be in the top 50 then you probably also think Kurt Cobain should be on this list...In other words...Your a poser
    TheMartyr559 wrote: Dave Mustaine isn't even the best guitarist in his own band...
    HAHAHAHAHA! Very true
    TheMartyr559 wrote: Dave Mustaine isn't even the best guitarist in his own band...
    hilarious and true, man...Im laughing so bad, thats my sentence of the week...
    TheMartyr559 wrote: Dave Mustaine isn't even the best guitarist in his own band...
    Quite true...this is a complete joke for him to be no 1...every time ive seen him he has played sloppy and ****ed something up...a joke
    hmm, I think there are much better metal guitar players than Dave Mustaine.... But let him be happy.
    I find it hard to believe that Kirk Hammett is 5th and Hetfield is 16th. Hetfield just seems like a better guitarist to me. He is superb at rhythm guitar and he can solo nearly a well as Kirk. Thats just my opinion. Mustaine definately tops my list or is near the top of my list. Top 3 definately. With Hetfield and Petrucci.
    This made him seem really irrogant in my opinion. I can't believe Zakk is number four. He should be like, number 69. But it's good to see that Bjorn Gelotte is on here. It makes me mad as well to see Herman Lee's name above Alexi Laiho's.
    moto_psycho wrote: also, after reading that, it makes you realise how much of a dick dave really is, i personally think anyone that "finds" god must have something wrong with them. to be born into religion and have it drummed in all your life, fair dues, but to some how convert yourself with the complete lack of evidence available? plus MAN!!! he speaks highly of his own ass. although id still kiss it
    Yeah i agree, you never see any normal people suddenly find religion. And i always hate when athletes or people that win awards for something continually thank god for the opportunity. Keep it to yourself.
    Oh, but the guy who made the list gets credit for listing the dudes from Meshuggah, they're waaay underrated. but seriously, Zakk Wylde up that high? He so terrible even Ozzy doesn't want him anymore.
    Yeah.. lame.. Mustaines better than I am but not good enough to deserve number 1..... Sorry, i agree with him on this - he should of been like, #69
    Wow as much as i adore Dave's playing he is not even close to being number 1 in the world, i mean marty freidman? Muhammed Suicmez? Jeff Loomis? Paul Gilbert? Guthrie Govan? Shawn Lane? anyone????
    god sake dave is such a ****, megadeth are great but come on. winning against metallica? all that shows is he still wishes he was with them. Have u guys never noticed? Slayers fault he did nothing metallica's fault he did nothing ****ing dave its never your fault megadeth and metallica rule but dave is a shit
    What an *****. Neither James nor Kirk have have bad things to say about Dave. Still even after all these years he feels the need to be a douchebag about everything.
    I hope you're joking. Both of them make fun of Dave all the time. Regardless, I'm not positive on the criteria, but I doubt the author was going for a strictly literal list of who has the best training, who plays without making any mistakes, who dances the polka with a monkey while playing guitar, etc. I get the sense that there were other indirect impacts on the author's ranking. Honestly, I don't disagree. I'll admit I have the biggest hard-on for Dave and whatnot, but I find it hard pressed to find legitimate reasons the author was invalidated for putting him at #1. He created a distinct guitar sound, playing style and attitude. He constantly surrounded himself by some of the most talented musicians in the business at the time and all of those musicians walked away having learned something from Dave. His rhythm playing, his lead playing, his vocals, his stage persona, his lyrical output; these are all things that created the very foundation for metal, as we know it, to be born. So many other of his contemporaries have admitted to his massive reach over the formation of the modern metal movement. All of these guitarists people are listing off as though it means something; half of them aren't there because they weren't considered metal by the author. Deal with it. Paul Gilbert isn't metal. Too bad. The other half were either heavily influenced by Mustaine and therefore playing into his ranking or just weren't as ground-breaking to the author. Jeff Loomis, as many have cited, for example actually auditioned for Megadeth after Jeff Young's departure. Guess what, he didn't make it. If someone auditioned, it doesn't matter what they say, if they didn't make it, they weren't good enough. Marty Friedman was obviously the best that both Daves found and even then, Marty admits that Dave Mustaine taught him about rhythm and song structure. Sure, Marty could (at the time) play lead circles around Dave, but they didn't go any where or mean anything until Dave showed him how to use them. Honestly, to me, Marty's leads are pretty boring compared to Dave's. I think Dave's lead playing is some of the most exciting, aggressive and honest I've ever heard. As for his Metallica grudge, it isn't really too big of a concern for me where he stands on it. He might have been a violent alcoholic and they may have been right to throw him out, but Dave has said many times consistently that he told them not to use his material. Well, we see how that turned out. Again, many thrash metal founding acts admit that it was Dave's material on Metallica's first record that even got them going on that band. I would definitely hold a grudge if I was in Dave's position. To deny that Dave Mustaine is at all, not a founding figure at the very basis of modern metal as we know it is just pure ignorance. Period. I've loved Dave at times and I've hated Dave at times.. but I'm not going to spew bullshit because I'm butt hurt that he finally gets the credit he was so wholeheartedly due since day one.
    jetfuel495 wrote: TDAJGuitarist wrote: Jeff Loomis anybody? Marty Friedman? John Petrucchi? Yngwie Malmsteen? Chris Broderick? and thousands of others who are about a million times better then Dave Mustane...If you think Heitfield and Mustane deserve to even be in the top 50 then you probably also think Kurt Cobain should be on this list...In other words...Your a poser lololololol Better is a relative measure. Sure, those guys could shred circles around DAVE, but I haven't heard any of them write riffs that are as good, and none of them sing while playing either. And, I LOVE DAVE. That is all.
    This is not about who can sing while playing guitar, it's about how good you play guitar. Also good riffs are also subjective, so what's your point?
    & just listen to his lead solos. Holy Wars, need I say more? An absolute killer of a solo!
    CliffIsAngry wrote: isabiggles wrote: Any particular reason he chose no.69? Something tells me that Dave hasn't quite lost all of his demons yet :p he's used to being rated as shit by magazines so I guess he just figured oh another list . I'm glad for dave, he deserves this, imo he is an uncrowned king in metal. He's one of the biggest influences in metal.
    ..... you clearly missed his little joke..
    Lots of comments. Congrats Dave, but "top lists" are always a waste of time anyway and aren't really a huge achievement.
    you know what's funny, i recently found a band called 'evil cancer' on youtube. I liked em and had a chat with them with youtube pm's. We had a great conversation, and i found out that they were great guys. The guitarist said that dave was a big influence on him, and his whole life he wanted to be like dave. Then he joined cancer, and although he has great rhythm chops, nobody can hear his guitar under the screams of the two vocalists. You guys should check out this band, they are very.....unique.
    herman ri2
    TheMartyr559 wrote: Dave Mustaine isn't even the best guitarist in his own band...
    When Chris Brodrick, Marty Friedman, and Chris Poland write classic riffs like hanger 18, Take No prisoners, and many more then come back to be. Anyone can practice for hours and sweep like a mobster but it takes a special guitarist to write creative and classic albums and change styles of playing.
    this list is comprehensive but i do have a few issues... first-i like how he included newer bands, but I don't like how he pretty much only focuses on European bands. There are amazing new american metal guitarists (Oli Herbert, Mark Morton to name just two) who deserve credit. Secondly-Mustaine is a great guitarist, but he does not deserve the top slot. I like metallica and megadeth equally for different reasons and i think mustaine does deserve a high placement but certainly not the first Thirdly-neither herman li nor sam totman sould not even be on the list. I went to see dragonforce live at the last mayhem and was throughly unimpressed. For me, one of the tenants of being a great metal guitarist is a great live performance.
    wow, that was really ironic considering my username. and when is BTBAM gonna get the credit they deserve on these lists?
    98Timberwolf wrote: Well good for Dave to be happy now. I'm not sure what to think of these top *insert number* lists though. Music shouldn't be a competition in my opinion, but it's nice to see people get recognition for what they accomplish. If the people on the list don't treat it as a competition, i can't see any harm in it. As far as the whole "I won!" thing goes, I think he was kind of saying that jokingly.
    yes when I read his replies in the interview I also sense alot of sarcasm and joking. I think it's great for dave to finally get some recognition, he deserves it. he's a rock solid rhythm guitarist and song writer.
    herman ri2
    I would rather have a guitarist who can write mind blowing riffs/songs than a guitarist who can mimic a few guitar solos and write good solos anyday.
    hahaha I love how Dave calls himself one of the top 3 greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. I love Megadeth, but Dave Mustaine just needs to let this shit go and stop popping up all over the headlines saying how much better of a person he is than Slayer or Metallica. We get it, you don't like Metallica, but Hetfield doesn't have a weekly interview on UG reminding everyone all the time. Dave's a good guy, just getting a little too used to the "spotlight" imo.
    OfficialPressSt wrote: Megadeth? How about Megadouche? He violated the only rule I can think of when it comes to being a great guitarist: NEVER consider yourself one. You think Hendrix was sitting at home dipping the bong going "I'm the best there ever was!"? Yeah, Dave has great skill, and while I'm not a fan, I respect Megadeth for what they've accomplished. However, it seems after 100 rehab stints, they still haven't fixed his douchiness.
    The people up above misunderstood my comment about the guy saying Petrucci being second to Mustaine is a joke. I meant that some people will never learn that insanely fast and complex shred solos do not necessarily make you a great guitarist. Yes, you are skilled and technical, but there is a huge difference between being skilled and being great. This list was not ranked on sheer lead/rhythm prowess alone, but also on songwriting skills, musicianship, the impact the guitarist in question has made on the industry, their staying power as songwriters, and the overall quality of their music. It clearly states in the article (and the book) that there are plenty of guitarists who are better than Mustaine in many of those areas, but he is sufficiently skilled enough in all the areas to be named number one. This is why Petrucci is not number one. Yes, he is an amazing guitarist (albeit an extremely boring one, in my opinion), but Dream Theater did not help to launch metal from the underground into the public eye as the Big Four did (of which Megadeth comprises one quarter). The sheer fact that they're part of such a group (and that Mustaine is the main songwriter/lyricist for his band), and the fact that they're still writing balls-out thrash metal should be evidence enough that Mustaine deserves the top spot. Plus, these lists are entirely subjective and is this one jerkoff's opinion, so naturally people will disagree. //End rant//
    Then I got to No. 2 and it was John Petrucci [of Dream Theater] and I froze. I was No. 1.
    Dream Theater is the best and if Dave beat Petrucci then awesome. Gotta respect the legends and Dave is certainly one of if not the greatest guitarists of all time. Rock on Megadeth \m/
    Hammett and Petrucci both sh*t on Mustaine, he shouldnt even be in the top 10 nor Hetfield in the top 25
    For sure, any opinion is kind of subjective. But it seems to me there's always a limit of subjectivism. For me it is evident that the author of this rating never playd guitar) That's a pity. From the other side I have my own subjective view on this point, let me share it with you. First some general conclusions about the leaders and the rating itself and then - my podium. Guitarist. I think guys who play guitar will agree that the best guitarist should be best in solo playing too. Otherwise there could be found a better one) Technique is not enough but necessary. Not for shredding itself but as an ability to express everything you want to. So the only magic cocktail of extraordinary musical mind and perfect technique lets the guitar player book the place in best division. Mustain. I love Megadeth music. I used to play more then a half riffs and solos from Rust in Peace, Countdown 2 Extinction and Youthanasia albums. Undoubtedly Dave's talents for songwriting, performing, lyrics creating and singing make him a musician of genius. But... who can argue that Dave lack soloing? It's a pity but his solos are primitive and inexpressive. So claiming him the best guitarist why don't we do it for Dio, Ozzy or King Diamond as guitar composers and arrangers too?) Petrucci. Dream Theater is my favorite band. The music they made seems to me the best for the moment, since their first album until the last one. And not less then 50% of this is impact of J.P. Moreover, John is hypertechnical - he plays classical, legatos, tapping and alternate picking great alike and his speed is really terrific. Not only technique - John can do emotional solos that provocates crying like he do it in Lines in the Sand, Best of Times, Scarred, As I Am and of cause in live Hollow Years version. He absolutely deserves the... 2d place. Not the first, because the best guitarist should do all mentioned above in EVERY solo, in every moment we hear his lead guitar. Few other notes. What's up with Satriani and Vai? Is it special heavy metal chart? But Tony Iomy is here... Ok, lets agree to keep them away (why?!) Iron Maiden. Janick Gers is for sure much better guitar player than Dave Murrey and technically better then Adrian Smith but Adrian compensate it with his brain, he's the one who use it in IM)) Jeff Waters is a very good guitarist. Just a good guitarist. Not the 3d, of cause. So, the 4-steps podium, like I see it: 4. Victor Smolski / Nuno Bittencourt / Ritchie Kotzen 3. Chuck Schuldiner / Buckethead 2. John Petrucci / Steve Morse / Randy Roads (and Randy used to be able for more, I'm sure). and the man who's every phrase picked is a miracle... 1. Marty Friedman Thanx everybody)
    DSchmitty wrote: And another thing, the ONLY thing I can see why mustaine would even be mentioned in a top 100 guitar players list would be for rhythym playing, I mean the man can only play a could different keys in minor pentatonic, it's ****ing terrible and pathetic. The list is top 100 GUITAR PLAYERS, not musicians, not song writers, which is mustaines only talent, this list is about PURE TECHNICAL SKILL ONLY, and that's something that mustaine lacks greatly.
    Your opinion is blindly stated. Look at the solos on peace sells. I don't see pentatonics, DO YOU? How about the first solo to Dread and the Fugitive Mind? Yes yes, quite pentatonic(sarcasm). Let's not forget about HANGAR 18.
    Hmm, better than Petrucci? I like Dave, but I think that is a stretch. (Not saying that Petrucci is the best guitarist but imo Dave isn't nearly as good.)
    David_Bowie=GOD wrote: IRONMAIDENTLICA wrote: And I'm no longer struggling with past demons from another band [Metallica]. if hes no longer struggling why did he say he won when he was ahead of james and kirk? Anyways dave is a very good guitarist, cant wait for the new cd They probably don't bother him now than he's beaten them.
    Mmm....matter of opinion i guess...
    This book, I read it, and it makes me want to make a list that makes more sense.