Was thinking about this the other day as I was listening to Randy Rhoads. As much as I LOVE Randy and think he's one of the best ever, he doesn't directly influence my particular style of playing. Just curious what you all in TGP land think. Here's my list. Edward Van Halen - Not anywhere close to him, but I do try to play like him sometimes. Slash - He made me want to play the guitar. James Hetfield - Got my palm muted rhythm technique from him. Still play a lot of rhythm guitar like that even though I'm not doing too much heavy metal anymore. Noel Gallagher - His combination of his voice, guitar playing and song writing have really inspired me. Angus Young - Get a lot of my stage presence from him.