According to Reuters, Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.
“Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage,” said RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix‘s “Purple Haze” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as key tracks.
The panel of experts recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included musicians such as Morello, METALLICA‘s Kirk Hammett, ALICE IN CHAINS‘ Jerry Cantrell, the SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ Billy Corgan, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Mick Mars, PEARL JAM‘s Mike McCready and MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine. McCready called Eddie Van Halen “a master of riffs” and Joe Perry praised Jimmy Page‘s “vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do.”
Below is a list of some of the hard rockers in Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
01. Jimi Hendrix
03. Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
08. Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN)
24. Angus Young (AC/DC)
25. Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH)
36. Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE)
40. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)
65. Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES)
73. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA)
87. James Hetfield (METALLICA)
92. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA)
To see the full list, go to RollingStone.com.