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 Post subject: Brian May
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:49 am 
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Thread dedicated to Dr. May; this is his most recent collaboration and performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyNTADhN6TE


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:39 am 
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From Queen's Magic Years:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awwdC1nDz2w


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:00 am 
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I love Brian May. Absolutely astonishing guitar player, and such a great person in general.


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:20 am 
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I like to bring again Steve Vai's interview from a Guitar World article speaking about Brian:

This month's Guitar World magazine includes a feature called "30 on 30" in which ,
"Legends Salute 30 Legends". Steve Vai saluted Brian May.

“I don’t think enough is really said about the brilliance of Brian May’s guitar playing, inthe sense that it’s overshadowed by the music itself. The Queen II album was one of those pivotal moments that just nailed me to the wall.

“He’s probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page, and Clapton. They’re all so identifiable, but Brian May has such a tone in his head and in his fingers. It speaks volumes. His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That’s what I heard in Brian May’s playing. It’s something that’s inherent in the brain of the guitar player.

“I remember working with Frank Zappa for the first time. I had just moved out to Los Angeles, and nobody knew me. I was 21. I went out to the Rainbow Bar and Grill, and Brian May was there. I couldn’t believe it. I mustered up every little bit of courage and went up to him and said, ‘Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. I play guitar. I’m here in town with Frank Zappa.’ He said ‘Oh really? Why don’t you come down to our rehearsal?’

“I went down and he brought me up on the stage, and he let me play the guitar-the guitar that he built with his dad [the “Red Special”]. I couldn’t even believe that I was touching this instrument! He was so kind and so warm, and for who? This kid, you know? And I played his guitar, and it sounded like Steve Vai. Then when he played it, it sounded just like Brian May. It was very apparent to me that his tone is in his fingers and his head.

“He’s a class act from head to toe, and it shows in his playing. I can listen to any player and pantomime their sound, but I can’t do Brian May. He’s just walking on higher ground.”


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Yes, I had already read that before...inspiring article, makes me go to listen to Queen right away!


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Wanted Dead Or Alive wrote:
Yes, I had already read that before...inspiring article, makes me go to listen to Queen right away!


Well, yes I posted this on the old forum but I liked to report it here cause I think it's a very interesting article about May's guitar skills.


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Some other excellent articles about Dr May, this time from the Gibson site:

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/F ... n-may-505/
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/F ... rian-mays/


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:26 am 
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best tone in history ? possible....certainly up there....


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Best I've ever heard, that's for sure. And to think, at The Gear Page, people acted like Brian having a mediocre tone was something of a given.


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Brian having a mediocre tone was something of a given


WTF !! :confused:


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Yousha wrote:
best tone in history ? possible....certainly up there....


The best tone ever?

His name starts with an "S" and ends with a "lash".

Subjective of course though. :cheers:


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:23 am 
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Slatalash, some random indian guitarist?

Slash has AWESOME tone but so does Brian May. His tone on songs like "The Show Must Go On", "These Are the Days of Our Lives", "Innuendo" and "I Want It All" is truly magnificient... :freak:

Edit: How could I forget about mighty David Gilmour and awesome Richie Sambora!? Kirk Hammet also has good tone in The Black Album, imo. I love that screaming guitar-tone.


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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its mostly subjective indeed....Slash' tone isnt very memorable to me...sounds like a fusion of Page and Hendrix for some reason ......not something i could instantly recognize .....


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Timitzii wrote:
"I Want It All" is truly magnificient... :freak:


No. Just no.


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 Post subject: Re: Brian May
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Timis got the wrong songs.....Killer Queen, Love of my Life and Bijou :metal:


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