When he asked if Eddie Van Halen was an influence for him, Adrian replied, “Not really. I’d already been playing a few years before he came out, so your style gets kind of set, but he influenced a lot of people.”
He revealed his influence on his guitar playing and stated that he played The Stones and The Beatles because they were easy.
“First bands I listened to, that got me into music, were Deep Purple, ‘Machine Head’ era, Free, ‘Free Live’ with Paul Kossoff, Humble Pie, going back a bit now.
“All sorts of English raucous kind of bands. When I started out playing, I played The Stones and Beatles, ’cause they were a few chords; it was easy. And twelve-bar blues – that’s how we started.”