This Day In Heavy Metal. SAXON
Paul Quinn (born Paul Anthony Quinn, 26 December 1951, in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England) is the guitarist, and a founding member of the heavy metal iconic band SAXON, together with the vocalist, Biff Byford. Quinn and Byford are both present on every Saxon release. Quinn is also a songwriter, contributing to every Saxon album. For Paul Quinn, music begins and ends with the blues.
Quinns' musical influences include John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, ZZ Top. Pink Floyd, UFO, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones.
Asked from Vintageguitar.com if there are there any contemporary guitar players who inspire him Quinn answered: “I like Matthew Bellamy of Muse – he’s very off-the-wall. And, Joe Satriani always inspires. I started learning to play like Clapton, then veered to Hendrixland, which was more effects-laden. Like a lot of U.K. guitarists of the middle ’60s, I was listening to a lot of white-boy blues then went back and checked out Albert, Freddy, and B.B. I also got into players like Terry Kath and Steve Howe, but the one who inspires me permanently is still Hendrix”.