Devon guitar legend: “Matt Bellamy? I hate him. Muse? Like an indie Queen”



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Guitar legend Steve Cradock has taken down two of his fellow South Devon rockers in one go during a radio interview. Cradock, who lives with his family just outside Totnes, took aim at Matt Bellamy of Muse and Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian during an interview with Virgin Radio UK.

He and fellow members of his band Ocean Colour Scene were guests on the radio station, talking about their music and their current plans.

Cradock, who is 47, formed Ocean Colour Scene with friend Simon Fowler in 1989. He also plays the guitar in Paul Weller’s band, having appeared on all of Weller’s solo records. He began playing lead guitar for ska band The Specials in 2014 and has released three solo albums. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented of British guitarists and is the favourite musician of cycling superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins. Best Riff: The Riverboat Song


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Bellamy, 39, is the lead singer of rock trio Muse, who have sold more than 20m albums worldwide. Bellamy formed Muse in 1994 with fellow local musicians Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard when all three were students at Teignmouth Community College. Muse have piled up countless awards, including a Brit for Best UK Live Act. The internet tells us that his guitar playing is influenced by a more classical harmonic aesthetic, particularly the style of Latin and Spanish guitar music. Best Riff: Knights of Cydonia


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Pizzorno, 36, was born in Newton Abbot but was brought up in Leicester. Kasabian were formed in 1997 and have released six studio albums.Their awards include Best Act In The World Today and Best British Group. According to Wikipedia, he stated as a young boy that his main aim in life is to become as successful as possible, and to be fair, he hasn’t done badly at that. He is a high-profile fan of Leicester City FC. Best Riff: Fire

Here’s how that interview with Virgin Radio’s Tim Cocker went – even Liam Gallagher gets both Cradock barrels at the end!

TC: “There’s no-one who wields a guitar like Matt Bellamy,for example?”

SC: “I hate him, hate him man. What are they? Muse?”

TC: “What is it about Matt Bellamy or Muse?”

SC: “Don’t know. They’re like a sort of indie Queen.”

TC: “Kasabian?”

SC: “I saw them at Sydney Opera House. I like them. They’re really nice people, but I don’t like their songs really.”

TC: “What about Liam Gallagher’s new record?”

SC: “Chinatown’s nice. Yeah,it’s good. His voice is good. Words aren’t great, but I don’t know if Liam wrote them. I don’t think he did. I think Simon Cowell wrote them.”

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