Keith Urban Cites AC/DC, Mellencamp, Gilmour and Knopfler As Influences
"I never thought that much about John, but [Mellencamp] is a huge influence on me," he said. "I'm thinking of a song like 'Paper in Fire,' or even 'Summer of '69,' and it's a heartland rocker in that vein. It's probably my AC/DC upbringing. I've always loved 4/4 tunes that are four-on-the-floor and just really want to rock."
He also spoke about the guitarists who had a big impact on his playing, singling out Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. "I've always been drawn to lyrical playing like Mark Knopfler and those long outros he did, like on 'Tunnel of Love,'" he said. "Or those songs that have two parts like 'Layla.' They're not complicated guitar songs but all this raw emotion is right there."
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