“It’s like Brian May walked over to his tone booth and just turned it up to 11!” Kirk Hammett names his favorite Queen song – and it’s a seriously deep cut

Kirk Hammett and Brian May
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With Brian May recently gracing Total Guitar with the ultimate in-depth retrospective on the Queen catalog, we took the opportunity to poll some of the biggest names in guitar for their favourite track from the British rock royalty.

Enter Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s effervescent lead guitarist… And while Metallica have covered Stone Cold Crazy, that’s not what he chose. Hammett went to 1980’s The Game, and a deep cut that May himself explains was a paean to a Munich disco the band used to spend some time in. If it worked in the Sugar Shack, then the song worked just fine.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.