In an interview with Music Radar, Billy Idol’s classic guitarist Steve Stevens revealed how he created “Rebel Yell” intro.
“Whenever people ask me how I came up with the intro to ‘Rebel Yell,’ I always have to say it came from those Leo Kottke things that had independent bass and treble lines going.
“I couldn’t really play a lot of that stuff, but I started trying on an acoustic guitar. This was at the end of the folk thing that was happening, with James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash… then Leo came up with this incredible technique rooted in Americana and folk.
“He was like the speed-metal guy of the acoustic 12-string!”
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