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Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick's top 10 guitar solos

Testament's six-string star selects a score of scorchers as his favourite guitar solos ever

Randy Rhoads – Mr Crowley (Ozzy Osbourne)

“That solo was my introduction to Randy Rhoads. I think I was thirteen years old when my friend said: ‘You have to hear this guitar player.’ It was the first time I ever heard anybody play a solo that sounded both metal and classical. It had a very baroque feel, as well as those hard-core blues licks. Randy Rhoads was the one that made classical cool for a lot of us. And then the second part of the solo was almost like Hotel California… but on fire!”

David Gilmour – Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)

“Many guitar solos are somewhat interchangeable. But Comfortably Numb is one that’s definitely not. It really fits that song. It’s very emotive and more about feel than speed. In the case of Van Halen and Randy Rhoads it made more sense to play lightning-speed solos, because it’s this very youth-driven, extreme music, whereas Pink Floyd is very introspective. Obviously a lot of young people like it, but it’s for everyone. You can be a mature adult and still put on The Wall.”

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