Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash spoke in an interview with Jonesy’s Jukebox and revealed his biggest influnce as a guitarist. He said:
“I’m a huge fan of Eddie (Van Halen) as a person and as a player. And I loved [1978’s] ‘Van Halen’ when it first came out. That style that he did, I’ve always thought that was something that he did and nobody else did it like him. And then it became a thing. I definitely didn’t go down that road when I picked up the guitar.
But at the same time, I was definitely influenced by him indirectly because he’s just such a great, fluid, feel player. And people don’t pick up on that part of him as much as they do all the pyrotechnic stuff that he does.
When ‘Van Halen’ came out, as soon as I heard that record I was like… 1978, so I was 13. And I hadn’t picked up the guitar yet. But that signaled the end of rock as we knew it. [Laughs]
I’ll never forget that feeling, that sort of the ’60s and ’70s kind of thing that sort of developed and developed, sort of punk rock. And everything that was happening, up to that point, it all sort of changed. And that totally brought on the hair metal thing that happened in Los Angeles, for sure.”
You can watch the entire interview below.