Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt: “I love Joe Bonamassa's playing, but I wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a hundred players”

Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt performs live
(Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In case you haven’t noticed, here at Guitar World we tend to cover what Joe Bonamassa has to say. But it’s not too often we get to report on what other electric guitar players have to say about Joe Bonamassa.

Enter Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, who recently aired his thoughts on the blues titan to Premier Guitar. And he had nice things to offer – sort of.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.