Interesting comments folks, I didn't think to do a search before starting this one. I'd heard of the guy but never listened to him but the other night I listended to loads of his stuff on Youtube. I'm not a fan of shredding but this guy plays interesting as well as fast and I found some of his slow stuff very melodic and touching. Haven't listened to his acoustic stuff but I'm definitely going to.
The comparisons to Kiss ? Ridiculous. Like comparing the Jonas Brothers to Allen Holdsworth.