Slash, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, George Lynch, Dee Snider and more to feature on all-star Leslie West tribute album

Leslie West (left) and Corky Laing of Mountain, perform during Hippifest in Vienna, Virginia
(Image credit: Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket/Getty Images)

Though not as much of a household name as the likes of Hendrix or Jimmy Page, Leslie West was a towering figure in hard-rock guitar.

His death last December provoked an outpouring of tributes from guitarists across the musical spectrum, a testament to the enormous influence of West's work with 70s hard-rock titans Mountain.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.