Brian May on how Led Zeppelin inspired Queen: “I owe a lot to Jimmy Page”

Brian May and Jimmy Page
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Brian May and Jimmy Page are some of England’s greatest guitar exports, and are part of an elite cohort of British six-string heroes who will go down in history as the country’s finest and most innovative musicians.

Now, May has come out to pay tribute to his guitar-playing peer, labeling the Les Paul-wielding Led Zeppelin warrior as “the master of the riff, and the master of getting lost deliberately in time signatures”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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