MEGADETH Guitarist Chris Broderick - "I Was Definitely Way Into Metal In The Beginning, And EDDIE VAN HALEN Was The Guy I Wanted To Be"

November 20, 2012, 4 years ago

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MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick recently spoke with Andy Aledort at An excerpt from the interview is available below:

Q: When you were starting out, what was your favorite style of music to play on electric guitar?

Broderick: "I was definitely way into metal in the beginning, and EDDIE VAN HALEN was the guy all of my friends and I wanted to be. I remember hearing a song with fretboard tapping and thinking, Wait—he’s using both hands to execute notes on the guitar? That’s going to be way too difficult to learn to do! It was probably something along the lines of this, which of course is pretty rudimentary in regards to fretboard tapping.

Very shortly after that, I got into YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and then that was the new ideal: everything is Yngwie! And so, I had to learn to play this, which is a typical, Yngwie-type classical-inspired lick. I learned everything I could from Yngwie’s albums, and then from there it went on to the Shrapnel artists, like JASON BECKER, MARTY FRIEDMAN and GREG HOWE, who I really loved. Greg’s newer stuff is really great; I totally dig everything from Introspection onward. I also got into more eclectic people, like Scott Mishoe, who used to do all of this wild slapping and popping stuff on guitar, so I incorporated a little bit of that into my playing.

As time went on, my influences broadened, and soon I was heavily influenced by flamenco music and guitar players like Paco De Lucia, Paco Peña and guys like that."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Jackson Guitars has scheduled a meet n' greet session with Broderick and Mehadeth bassist David Ellefson. The event will take place at Bizarre Guitar in Reno, NV on Monday, December 3rd at 6 PM

Catch Megadeth on the Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour at the following shows:


24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
25 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
26 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
28 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre


1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair
2 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
4 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
6 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
7 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
8 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

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