I think it’s great that Avenged Sevenfold is having all this success; it’s awesome for the wholecommunity in general. He’s the torchbearer for the young kids now to play solos, learn the scales, and develop a feel. The same thing with Randy [Rhoads], aside from the amazing songs and solos, he always made it cool to want to learn so you’re knowledgeable with the guitar. He made having wisdom with the instrument cool.
– Zakk Wylde on Synyster Gates’ influence