While Thompson is widely acknowledged as one of rock's greatest guitarists -- the runs he played during the hour-long session and referred to as "easy" had the audience nervously laughing and gasping -- he said guitar wizardry "bores me. To extend the narrative with a solo, being a good accompanist is important to me."
Everyone wanted to sound like the Shadows, an instrumental band that was the British equivalent of the Ventures. Hank Marvin was the first great Fender Stratocaster player and everyone wanted to sound like him."
"I am trying to establish a style. This is contemporary British music, less about blues and more rock'n'roll."