By Steve Newton
When I interviewed Graham Bonnet back in 1984 he was fronting a hard-rock/metal band called Alcatrazz that featured an unknown guitarist named Yngwie Malmsteen, who would not stay unknown for long.
Two years earlier Bonnet had been a member of the Michael Schenker Group, which also boasted an amazing guitar player, a guy so good they named the band after him.
And three years before that he was a full-fledged member of Rainbow, which featured a colossal picker by the name of Ritchie Blackmore.
It’s safe to say that Graham Bonnet knew wicked guitarists, since he’d surrounded himself with the very best.
So when he called me up way back when to promote the new Alcatrazz album I asked him who his favourite guitarists were, and the only guy he talked about was Gary Moore.
Like I say, the dude knew wicked guitarists.
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Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, 1989
Rob Halford of Judas Priest, 1984
Bill Henderson of Chilliwack, 1999
Paul Rodgers, 1997
R.L. Burnside, 1999
Guthrie Govan of the Aristocrats, 2015
Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, 1985
Carlos Santana, 2011
Walter Trout, 2003
Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, 1983
Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil, 2001
Tommy Aldridge, 2001
Donald “Duck” Dunn, 1985
Mark Farner of Grand Funk, 1991
Chris Robinson of Black Crowes, 1990
Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, 2002
Mike Rutherford of Genesis, 1983
Country Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers, 1990
Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, 2016
Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1986
Lindsay Mitchell of Prism, 1988
Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, 1983
Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, 1984
Graham Bonnet of Alcatrazz, 1984
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, 2016
Doc Neeson of Angel City, 1985
Rik Emmett of Triumph, 1985
Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders, 2016
Johnny Ramone of the Ramones, 1992
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Leslie West of Mountain, 2002
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, 1983
Poison Ivy of the Cramps, 1990
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Steve Clark of Def Leppard, 1988
Alex Lifeson of Rush, 1992
Ann Wilson of Heart, 1985
Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers, 1994
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