“Chord voicings, amps and dynamics are all elements of how I solo. I’m not a guy who improvises… I use well-thought-out lines that are outside the box”: Yiannis Papadopoulos on taking Scott Stapp to a higher power

Yiannis Papadopoulos
(Image credit: George Mylonas)

While Scott Stapp is primarily known for appearing beside Mark Tremonti in Creed, 39-year-old metal-fusion shredder Yiannis Papadopoulos has been the six-string maestro on Stapp's solo records since 2015.

He’s won contests including the 2013 Ibanez Guitar Solo Competition, and he was a finalist in Guitar Idol 4 in 2014, so Papadopoulos isn’t unconfident or afraid – even in the face of vocalists known for being tough on colleagues.

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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.