Singer bigs up the late guitarist
The singer explained that he was a huge fan of Diddley, since the legendary guitarist’s percussive style influenced so many subsequent axemen.
“I heard The Rolling Stones play [Buddy Holly song] ‘Not Fade Away’, which used the Bo Diddley beat,” he said. “Then when I heard Bo Diddley himself, I thought, oh, amazing, it comes from that. It’s pretty hard to pull that beat off. Johnny Marr‘s guitar playing is Johnny Marr being Bo Diddley.
“I love those Chess records he made: ‘Who Do You Love?’, ‘Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover’. I’ve got footage of him playing live in the ’60s, it’s amazing.”