Steve Vai On Brian May

This month's Guitar World magazine includes a feature called '30 on 30' in which , '30 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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Steve Vai On Brian May


You may be right about typical posters Vox sixpence, but on the other hand, what possible value could any reader comment add to the unquevicoal admiration and respect reflected in Steve Vai's statements?

(Hell, adding this one feels almost like a sacreligous act.) ;^)

Vox sixpence

I just came across this. I remember the original magazine with this interview in it.

Isn't it amazing that so called Queen fans are all over this site moaning about the Queen+ gigs with Adam Lambert and the current box set of DVD's that are about to be released and countless other complaints, but in over three years no one has passed a comment on how good one of the world's best guitarists thinks Brian May is.

It's apparent that most of the people who post on here are narrow minded idiots who think they're in an elevated position where people are actually interested in what they have to say.


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