Megadeth’s guitarist Kiko Loureiro made a Q&A video and posted it on his YouTube channel. In the video, he answered some questions regarding his favorite solos and analyzed Dimebag Darrell and Kirk Hammett.
Kiko Loureiro joined Megadeth in 2015, replacing Chris Broderick, and has released one album with the band since then. The guitarist is also known to be active on his Youtube channel as he posts new videos every week. Loureiro stays in touch by doing play-through videos and showing close-ups of him playing the guitar for his subscribers.
Recently, Loureiro made a Q&A and talked about the riffs and solos he’s played throughout his career. He also mentioned that Pantera’s late guitarist Dimebag Darrell was a riff master, whereas Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist, is not his favorite.
Here is how he compared the two guitarists:
“Dimebag, for me – he was always more like this riff master, so when I think about Dimebag, I think about the riffs, but he was an amazing guitarist as well, a lead guitarist. He had a unique style as well, but I always think more about the riffs and the songs.
Kirk Hammett… So, Kirk Hammett, I was never really into his solos. I believe the great solos must be… The solos from the big songs, right, ‘Master of Puppets,’ and songs like that. I remember trying to learn a song called ‘Damage Inc.’ because I had this Japanese magazine, back in the day. We didn’t have any tab, that I could get in my hands, I would try to learn. So I remember trying to learn that song, but I don’t remember the solo, I even don’t know if the song has a solo actually.
In the ’80s, I was so much into Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, all those great players, so I was not really into Kirk Hammett lead solos, the lead guitar playing.“
You can watch the full Q&A below.