Brian May: “The Face It Alone solo is very much in the moment. It’s me trying to be a voice next to Freddie's”

Singer Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May of Queen at the Rosemont Horizon on September 19, 1980 in Rosemont, Illinois.
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When Brian May speaks to Total Guitar about Face It Alone – the previously unheard Queen track that was finally released this year, more than 30 years after it was recorded – his first words are in tribute to the writer and singer of that song.

“The crowning glory is, of course, Freddie’s voice,” he says. “It’s just magnificent. You hear that quality in his voice. You hear the passion in his voice. And he’s fearless. The way he bends some of those notes is so beautiful.”

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.