Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee spoke in an interview with Eddie Trunk and claimed that Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Joe Perry (Aerosmith) and Ace Frehley (KISS) are “a little sloppy”. But he said that he loves sloppy rock n’ roll guitarists.
Here’s the statement:
“I love sloppy rock ‘n’ roll guitar players: Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ace Frehley – they’re a little sloppy, but that’s a part of their charm, that speaks to me, it moves me.
And then you have your technical players. They’re cool too. And then occasionally, you have that rare guy that has the fire of Johnny Winter and the technical proficiency all in one, my ultimate example being Uli Roth. He’s amazing. And I put Yngwie in that category.
I’m not backtracking here. I never said he sucked as a guitar player. I don’t think his rhythm playing is all that great [chuckles], but his soloing is – there’s no question there, he’s a phenomenal guitar player. But he’s an asshole. [Chuckles]
On behalf of all the people that he played with, that I’ve spoken to and all the technicians and crew that I personally know and have heard all these stories about him – that’s where I’m coming from. My wife Amy – she works as a bartender. A couple of days after that interview [in which I called Yngwie an asshole] came out, I went to her bar.
And there’s a lot of people in Vegas that work as technicians – lightning, sound… I didn’t have to buy a drink all night. They were buying me drinks because they loved what I said about him. It’s about his person, not about his abilities.”
Back in October, Jake E. Lee has slammed legendary guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. He said:
“He’s a dick — that’s my main problem with him. He’s an arrogant fucking asshole, and he always has been. I don’t know if he is right now, to be honest — I haven’t seen him in forever.”
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