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Brian May Discusses Queen's Greatest Moments

In this 2011 interview, Brian May looks back on Queen's greatest moments."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. As a younger man he attended London’s illustrious... …

Watch Queen Perform an Acoustic “Love of My Life”

Here’s a rare acoustic gem from Queen’s now legendary Queen at Wembley video release. Freddie Mercury and Brian May take the stage for a moving performance of “Love of My Life,” while rain pours down on the Wembley crowd. The clip was filmed July 11, 1986.The studio version of the track appears on Queen’s classic LP, A Night at the Opera. Here, May plays some excellent fingerstyle guitar on a... …

Tony Iommi on Collaborating with Brian May: “Yeah, I’d Like to Do Something with Him”

EON Music recently caught up with heavy metal godfather Tony Iommi at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, where the guitarist appeared to accept the Golden God award on behalf of the Black Sabbath.Iommi discussed a handful of topics including the last-ever Sabbath show, rumors of another one-off gig, and much more.The guitarist also addressed a possible collaboration with Brian May, a project that... …

Brian May: ‘Wayne’s World’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” Scene Hit Close to Home

Despite four decades of performing and hearing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," guitarist Brian May still enjoys what is undoubtedly his biggest hit.“I’m not sick of it,” he told the BBC late last year. “You can’t complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it. If it comes on the radio, I’ll turn it up and listen. “But no air guitar,” he says. “I’m too... …

Chris Mike Premieres Solo Guitar Arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Guitarist Chris Mike—whose impressive videos turn up on GuitarWorld.com from time to time—has just posted a new one that's wracking up the YouTube views pretty quickly.It's a solo-guitar performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Fittingly enough, Mike is playing Brian May's signature guitar, the Red Special, in the clip.It turns out "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the perfect vehicle for Mike's "Jeff... …

Brian May: “The Guitar Isn’t the Most Important Thing”

Brian May has some surprising things to say about the guitar in a new interview with Music Radar.May, who has just released Golden Days, a collaborative album with singer Kerry Ellis, offers up five tips covering on everything from surrounding yourself with inspiring people to getting yourself in the best state of mind for playing.Two areas that the Queen guitarist touches on are soloing and... …

How to Play Crushing Open-Chord Riffs Like Tom Scholz, Angus Young and Brian May

This time, I’ll show you how to play crushing open-chord riffs in the styles of five legendary classic rock riffmeisters.The use of open power chords embellished with single-note melodic fills and quarter-step bends has provided a framework for some of the most powerful and enduring riffs of all time.These types of riffs were pioneered by the blues-rock players of the Sixties and Seventies,... …

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