Queen guitarist Brian May interview about his and legends guitar players’ style. He also in the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time according to Total Guitar magazine.
Brian May is the lead guitarist for the legendary music band Queen. May also a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor. After the first years, Queen had become one of the biggest rock bands in the worldwide. May also wrote a few more hits for the band like “We Will Rock You”, “I Want It All”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Flash”, “Hammer to Fall”, “Save Me”, “Who Wants to Live Forever”, “The Show Must Go On” and more.
Queen lead guitarist Brian May interview with Total Guitar magazine’s Chris Bird how he created his style and pays tribute to his guitar heroes:
Chris asked this in an interview: “Perhaps you’d like to reflect on the players who came behind you in our poll? Jimi Hendrix was second.” and May replied:
“Oh my god! Well, it is very humbling. Jimi is, of course, my number one. And I’ve always said that. To me, he’s still something superhuman. It’s like he really did come from an alien planet, and I will never know quite how he did what he did.
And every time I go back to Hendrix, I’m thrilled and stunned, and I get that feeling all over again, like either I’m going to give up playing guitar because I can’t face up to this, or I’m gonna really have to get into it in a big way and try and do what is in my own body and soul. I never stop learning from Jimi. Strangely enough, these days I very seldom play his stuff but it’s kind of inside me anyway.”
He also talks about Eddie Van Halen:
“Yes, Eddie is incomparable. He stands there as one of the pillars of the development of the electric guitar technique. He’s a wonderful guy and you know, it’s funny, during the lockdown, you start to look at your life again, and one of my regrets is that certain people, I think, I’ve let slip away. I haven’t talked to Eddie for a long time and I really regret that. I’d like to change that because he’s a fantastic guy, not just a great performer but an incredible spirit. The spirit, it’s blinding, and again, you could never get fed up of listening to that.
“And Eddie can pick up any guitar – and I remember this from the Starfleet Project sessions – it doesn’t matter what guitar it is, he will make it sound like him! I watched him pick up a bass when we were doing a demo and he made that sound like Eddie Van Halen. It’s just astounding what he can do with those fingers. ”
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