Most modern guitar wouldn't be around without him. I'm not a U2 fan but virtually everything in parts driven music is inspired by his approach. Solos in the style of EVH or Hendrix are an aesthetic choice now like a vibe to be employed whereas the understated song approach of The Edge is everywhere. I'd add Johnny Marr and Fruciante. When you listen to any modern record with guitar you can hear those influences especially those 2 note voicings a la 'scar tissue'How so?
But the OP specifically said influential, and few people were more influential in the creation of rock and roll than Tharpe.“Don’t Think Twice” was the first thing to pop into my head when I read that ridiculous nonsense, too. A friend of mine nails it, which has always impressed the hell out of me. For somebody who can “barely play 3 chords,” he played the hell out of those 5.
As for Sister Rosetta, she was incredible, but that’s over-the-top. She didn’t even play rock and roll, let alone invent it. She was certainly, along with many others, an influence on those who did, though.
Excellent points. There’s a huge difference between doing something new and influencing tons of successful professionals to also do it. Although as with Hendrix and Guy, it’s a bit of a chicken and egg thing as without the original unsuccessful influencer there might not be the successful influencer.Unless it's the extremely rare player (perhaps a Robert Johnson) who came up with a unique original style without an antecedent, the answers received from asking this question can get muddy quickly.
If we were to pick the blues rock genre for example, both Clapton and SRV (amongst others) deserve to be on the list.
But there is no Clapton without Robert Johnson and B.B. King, and no B.B. King without T-Bone Walker.
Trying to imagine SRV without Hendrix and Albert King is not possible for me. Is there a Hendrix without Buddy Guy?
Most people would agree EVH was not first to use finger tapping, dive bombing, high gain or in having amazingly fast technique. But he was first in blending all those ingredients together in such a powerful package. Although I was never a big fan, EVH deserves to be ultra high on the list for the impact he had on a genre he helped create.
I don’t think that’s the same thing at all since she’s obviously not trying to play like any of them. I knew who was Mario Andretti but he’s not why I started driving, nor did his style influence my driving.SO MANY guitarists are. Billie Eilish didn’t know who EVH is but I’m sure she knows Clapton and Hendrix.
How about Les Paul?
Ace Frehley probably inspired more kids to start playing than EVH and Hendrix combined.It is one thing to inspire fans to pick up the guitar, but I think the thing that maybe separates Jimi and Eddie is how many of their contemporaries (great ones) said it changed their approach to the guitar. For Jimi, I have heard Neil Young, Pete Townsend and more say it. For Eddie, Vai, Satch, Lynch, and on and on.
DimebagSeriously, EVH was one-dimensional
The thing is, his dimension was unique
I still think he's way overrated
I get that people picked up the guitar because of him and tried to get his tone, but that was mostly kids that never made it big
Who did EVH influence?
When you read interviews with pros, most of EVH's contemporaries will state they've been influenced by Hendrix or older guitar players, not by EVH. Sure, lots of 80's guys incorporated tapping and dive-bar tricks into their playing, but which one of them picked up a guitar because of EVH? Not many
By the 90's the people that were influenced to start playing by EVH never got to become big, since c*ck rock was more or less dead by then
Sure, EVH wowed and impressed lots of people, me included when I was a kid, but his influence is highly blown out of proportion
In my experience, the two most talked about guitar solo's are JH National Anthem, and EVH EruptionI doubt objective measures here, but consider: I think Jimi's three greatest solos are, in no order --
1. Machine Gun, Fillmore
2. Stone Free, Jimi Hendrix Concerts
3. National Anthem, Woodstock
EVH did a lot of brilliant guitar playing, but where did he scale these heights?
Almost the same thing for my cousins' kid but I was playing them Agent Orange living in DarknessI am certain that he did .. I remember 12 year old me babysitting my next door neighbor for an hour or so while his parents went out when I was a little kid and I thought it was cool that they trusted me with that irksome little nose-miner .. They sent him over .. While i was messing around with an old Kay SG and a tiny amp .. No idea what brand .. I didn't really know how to play guitar at all yet but I did know how to make noise and sometimes that's all that matters .. it was fun.
Little Mike thought it was cool that I was messing around with a guitar and he didn't seem to notice how terrible I was .. But .. I could play Blitzkrieg Bop ... until my wrist couldnt possibly play any more downstrokes .. So i showed Mikey the bass notes ... you got them down right away so I showed him the power chords and surprisingly he could do them .. with his little fingers .. Ssstrrretttched waay out
Mike loved it .. He went home exhilarated .. Drove his parents nuts .. Always playing air guitar .. Cranking The Ramones .. Fast forward 3 years .. Mike moved a town away .. I bumped into him at ye olde Central Music in Brockton (i still hadnt taken up guitar; i was there for various sax reeds ) and didnt little 11 yr old Mikey have a nice little Greco LP and a little Peavey .. A Pacer i think ..
He thanked me for turning him on to The Ramones .. I just shrugged and said GaBba gabBa hEy!
Johnny Ramone inspired little Mikey .. And im sure thousands of others