"Sorry, my head takes a little while to get into gear,” says Brian May with a little laugh as he begins to mull over the history of Queen. The 63-year-old guitarist speaks gently, endeavoring to answer questions as fully as he can. May’s academic air is understandable.
It was 26 years ago this week that one of the greatest guitar hero gatherings of all time got under way. The occasion was a remake of the 1972 Deep Purple hit “Smoke on the Water” that featured some of the biggest players in rock, including Ritchie Blackmore—who wrote the song’s classic riff—David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson and Brian May.
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he has undergone tests for cancer and other ailments. May, who shared the news on his official website, brianmay.com, said he went to see his doctor over the Christmas holiday due to intense pain that left him unable to stand up.
On October 15, Queen's touring rock musical, We Will Rock You, kicked off its US tour at Baltimore's France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor were in attendance for opening night — and May even joined the cast on guitar for the show's finale, "We Are the Champions."
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).