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Air Guitar Anthems OUT NOW: Brian Talks Riffs!


Brian has lovingly compiled an album featuring the finest Rock Guitar Anthems of all time. 

Air Guitar Anthems out now provides rock fans across the UK with the perfect antidote to Perry Como this Christmas.

Available now on iTunes, Amazon and HMV!

In a recent interview Brian May revealed his first air guitar influence, Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’, with its simple two-chord riff. “I found that I could do that”, said May, “and that’s the great thing – you don’t have to be a great guitar player to play a lot of these riffs. You can pick it up and in a few hours, you can get to something that makes you feel good.”

A labour of love for Brian May, the ‘Air Guitar Anthems’ concept goes back to Brian’s original ‘The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever’ series which sold 1.3m copies across its three volumes in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

“Most music fans love a rock riff and everyone has an ‘air guitar’ moment at least once in their lives”, said Brian, “for me and all the other artists on this record, that has turned into a career!” 

This album demonstrates the continuing popularity of air guitar riffs. The amazing track list is no small part thanks to Brian, who put in personal calls to artists to ensure their songs appeared on the album:

Led Zeppelin ‘Whole Lotta Love’ (Led Zep NEVER usually allow tracks on compilations – Brian ‘gave Jimmy a call’!); 

Metallica ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ (an awesome Queen cover from their 1974 album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’); 

Kiss ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’, Whitesnake ‘Here I Go Again’, Derek & the Dominoes ‘Layla’, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, T-Rex… the list goes on!

The album opens with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The rock-out section in the song “is actually Freddie’s riff which he played on the piano first.” And fittingly, the 3CD set closes with ‘We Will Rock You’ from 1977.

Full tracklisting:

Disc: 1 1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 2. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin 3. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones 4. Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top 5. 20th Century Boy - T.Rex 6. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf 7. Black Betty - Ram Jam 8. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple 9. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman 10. Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica 11. Poison - Alice Cooper 12. Crazy Crazy Nights - Kiss 13. Ace of Spades - Motörhead 14. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy 15. Here I Go Again '87 - Whitesnake 16. Layla (Feat. Duane Allen) - Derek and The Dominos 17. Since You Been Gone - Rainbow 18. More Than a Feeling - Boston

Disc: 2 1. Money for Nothing - Dire Straits 2. Don't Stop Believing - Journey 3. Down Down - Status Quo 4. Run to You - Bryan Adams 5. All Right Now - Free 6. I Can't Explain - The Who 7. You Really Got Me - The Kinks 8. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters 9. Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company 10. White Wedding - Billy Idol 11. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood and The Destroyers 12. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor 13. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream 14. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry 15. Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day 16. All Or Nothing - Small Faces 17. God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols 18. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals 19. Parisienne Walkways - Brian May & Kerry Ellis

Disc: 3 1. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard 2. Message in a Bottle - The Police 3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness 4. Inside - Stiltskin 5. My Sharona - The Knack 6. Hold the Line - Toto 7. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd 8. The Spirit of Radio - Rush 9. Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue 10. I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister 11. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople 12. Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh 13. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult 14. Holy Diver - Dio 15. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden 16. Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer 17. F.B.I. - Ashley Shadows 18. Wild Thing - The Troggs 19. We Will Rock You - Queen

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