It’s one thing to be a technically superb guitar shredder. Lots of axe-wielders can claim that title. But just because one can execute blindingly difficult runs on the six-string doesn’t mean your music makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Yngwie Malmsteen is Exhibit A right there.
It’s something else entirely to do that and craft wonderfully accessible music in the process. And it’s another thing entirely still to do all that and be an engaging, funny, candid and lively interview subject. It’s even better yet if you grant three – count ‘em: three — interviews to this writer. Even if they’re over the course of 16 years.