“Billy Sheehan showed us that the bass can be taken to the same space that the guitar occupies, and he does that better than anybody”: Megadeth’s James LoMenzo names 15 bassists who shaped his sound

Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo playing live
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"The absolute terror of seeing Jimi Hendrix in the Woodstock movie when I was around 12 or 13 is what inspired me," former White Lion and current Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo tells Guitar World.

"I saw him play and thought, 'Oh, my God, that makes no sense to me. But I didn't go running away and screaming into the night; instead, probably by happenstance, I picked up the bass guitar, which bridged my love for rhythm, and arpeggiating and dictating the way music flows through a song."

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.