Slipknot Guitarist Jim Root Declares His Admiration To John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen, And Paul Gilbert

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root opened up about his guitar player idols during a recent interview with Guitar Interactive Magazine and apparently, his list includes John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Paul Gilbert as his top three guitarists he was influenced by and aspired to be.

As many of you know, nearly every guitar player has grown up with other exceptional guitarists they looked up to and were influenced by as they find their own style and sound. While their most loved guitar players list may vary from one musician to another, it’s always exciting for their fans to hear their favorite guitarists’ top guitar players as well.

These lists can always include guitarists such as John Petrucci who is widely known as a founding member of Dream Theater and often praised for his variety of guitar styles and skills that based on a metal shredding technique with a slower, emotive soloing style. Yngwie Malmsteen is also regarded as one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time with his 21 studio albums in a career, released only in 40 years throughout his career.

On top of these extraordinary guitarists, Paul Brandon Gilbert is also coming to fans’ mind as one of the first names when it comes to being an influential guitar player since he’s a respected guitarist due to his ability to play the guitar incredibly fast and often referred to as one of the greatest guitar shredders of all time.

It didn’t come as a surprise when Jim Root named these three guitar players as his early influences during a recent interview. Apparently, the Slipknot guitarist aimed to be like John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert for a long time, however, he later discovered that he needed his own song in which his guitar needed to sing just like those three guitarists did with their own record.

In Jim Root’s words, he revealed these statements:

“I play guitar but don’t consider to be a guitar player. There was a time in my life where I wanted to be like John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert-style shredding guy. But I had very few, I had one Satriani record, maybe one Racer X record, maybe three Yngwie records.

After a while, I just go, ‘I need a song.’ It’s gotta be a song for me. But that’s what I like from some of those early records from those guys, they were singing with their guitars. I like rock ‘n’ roll, I like the melody, the vocals that have a raw edge to them, I’m fond of that kind of stuff. I’m caught between all these different things.”

You can see the interview down below.