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Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland Cites Jimmy Page and Angus Young As Guitar Influence

By Paul Cashmere
Sat, 27 Jan 2007 04:05:01 +1100

Actor Kiefer Sutherland says that he owes his passion for guitar to AC/DC's Angus Young and Led Zep's Jimmy Page.

Sutherland, co-owner of Ironworks Studios in LA with Jude Cole, is a guitar freak and collector of Gibson guitars.

In an interview for Gibson Guitars, he says it was Jimmy Page who first inspired him to pick up a guitar, but AC/DC's Angus Young also fuelled the passion.

"I had an older brother, so most of the music I had listened to, whether it was the Beatles or Elton John, were old records of my brother's that he would let me have when I was a kid" he says in the Gibson interview. "It wasn't until I heard the first Led Zeppelin record, and 12 was the perfect age to hear it, where it just made you want to fight everything (laughs). So I remember that, and I also remember Tom Scholz from Boston. He had a sound that I remember just being amazed by, just how powerful it was, how one guitar could carry an entire tune like that. People were creating these signature sounds with these guitars. And I was a huge fan of Angus Young, and T. Rex as well. There were an awful lot of players that I loved, and they always had an edgier, dirtier sound".

Sutherland describes himself as a music fan moreso a musician. "I'm a bigger fan of musicians than I am a musician. I wouldn't want to go toe-to-toe with a guitar player like Jude (Cole), but I love playing.

Unlike fellow actors Russell Crowe, Toni Collette and Keanu Reeves, Sutherland is yet to put out an album.

His is currently in production with the next series of his TV show 24.

He will appear twice in current season of The Simpsons as an Army Colonel.
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