The guitarist was asked a number of fan-submitted questions, including one from a fan named Paul Cullis, who wanted to know what Morello thinks is the greatest guitar solo of all time.
“There are a number of candidates," Morello replied (opens in new tab). "At number three it’s Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower – it’s symphonically composed and incredible. Number two is Jimmy Page’s Stairway To Heaven – you can go with the Led Zeppelin IV version or the live version from The Song Remains The Same.
"Number one A and number one B are the solos on [Ozzy Osbourne's] Mr Crowley by Randy Rhoads," Morello said. "You could teach those on a college level musicology course or bang your head [to them] in a heavy metal parking lot.”
Morello has always been quick to acknowledge the tremendous influence Rhoads had on his own unmistakable guitar style. When the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, Morello was among those who paid tribute to Rhoads in a video message that was broadcast at the induction ceremony.
“Randy Rhoads is a peerless talent,” he said in the video. “He revived Ozzy Osbourne's career as his gunslinger sideman. And it was Randy Rhoads' poster that I had on my wall. You could study Randy's songs in a university-level musicology class and bang your heads to them in a 7-Eleven parking lot.”
“When it comes to musical excellence, there is no one more deserving of the highest echelon of recognition and praise," he continued. "Now the incomparable Randy Rhoads stands where he belongs.”
This summer, meanwhile, he'll join his Rage Against the Machine bandmates for the highly-anticipated, many-times-rescheduled Public Service Announcement tour.