Hehe thanks, much appreciatied Vic.
A lot of people have said "No solos?" to me on this and sure if I wrote a song that needed solos I would put some in, I'm just trying to suit the song, in fact I began writing one that I thought - this song could have a killer solo in it and it really would work. Neither of these songs (and a lot of the songs I write) are ones which I feel call for lead breaks. I suppose next time I could try writing something in, but unless Ive had an idea for it I tend to just leave it.
The people who influenced my guitar playing are Hendrix, Blackmore, Page, Gilmour, Brian May etc... and their bands allowed them to play a lot of riffs and lead guitar etc and yeah as far as my playing I do that a lot.
However, when it came to writing songs my influences were different people - though sometimes they would do cool riffs and little solos it was more occasional rather than a big part of what they would do. People who I really like (and feel my writing is like) include Ben Lee, Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads), recently Frank Turner though I admit I haven't heard a lot of him but I just feel he is somewhere near what I like to write and play and Elliott Smith. So that is the deal with the lead playing stuff.
together we stand, divided we fall..........