Billy Duffy Recounts the Making of The Cult's 'Electric' and Meeting Rick Rubin

In this exclusive video from Ernie Ball, guitarist Billy Duffy discusses meeting Rick Rubin for the first time in New York City and working with the legendary producer on the Cult’s classic 1987 album, Electric.

If you like what you see below and want to check out the complete episode, Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone—Billy Duffy will air 8 p.m. ET/PT Friday, July 1, on AUDIENCE Network DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114.

In the episode, Duffy covers a wide variety of topics, including his early goals, why he considers “finding your own sound” to be the most important pursuit and the transformational effect the Sex Pistols had on him after seeing the group perform in Manchester, U.K.—and much more.

“Guitars are just a bit of wood with strings on it,” Duffy says. “It’s about the person playing it.”

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.