10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

A fine list courtesy of The Village Voice.  We start at #10 with John Mayer:

If there’s one current artist who revolutionized the art of the sour face while playing even the simplest of riffs, it’s John Mayer. Despite his destiny to supply us with music suitable for dentists offices and local pharmacies the world over, dude is an undeniably accomplished jazz shredder. But for the love of god, when your face alone is able to upstage your playing (and B.B. King who is sitting right next to him in this clip), it’s time to settle the fuck down. Check the tape at 6:20. Did he just jizz in his pants?

Continue with the rest of the list here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

  • February 7, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Was on the fence about checking out the list, but they lost me at "jazz shredder".

  • February 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I've been playing guitar for over 25 years now, and I'll be the first to admit that everyone on that list can play circles around me. As can the replacements I have for this list.

    First, Eddie Van Halen? No way is he a douchey guitarist. Other than David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, has anyone ever said anything negative about Eddie? Every interview he does is positive and jovial, and he always plays with a smile.

    Second, Rick Neilson? Seriously? Same as Eddie, except I've met this guy. Totally down to earth and normal. No ego or attitude here. So he plays some crazy guitars. It's his thing.

    I'd replace those guys with Dave Mustaine and The Great Kat. Dave's music is fantastic, been a Megadeth fan since the 80s, but much like Mayer or Yngwie, when Dave's mouth gets flapping, he turns into an asshat. The Great Kat is a crazy virtuoso, but is almost as full of herself as Yngwie.


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