Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best-selling songs of all time; a dangerous six-minute suite that absolutely paid off. In truth, the Queen hit is the most-streamed music of the twentieth century. And now Brian May’s Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo has been voted the best of all time by Total Guitar readers.
May beat the likes of Van Halen’s Eruption, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in Stairway to Heaven and Eagles’ Joe Walsh in Hotel California.
The Queen guitarist took to his Instagram to have fun the information, admitting he was fairly stunned.
The 73-year-old wrote: “The Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time ?!! Wow … (gulp) …
“BIG thanks, all yous very sort Total Guitar readers !!! I am not worthy, but it surely’s a lot appreciated. Bri.”
Of course, Freddie Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody’s lyrics, however the well-known guitar solo was May’s work.
Speaking with Total Guitar, the Queen legend mentioned of the recording session: “Yeah I principally sang it.
“I regard the guitar in that scenario as a voice. I might hear this melody and I had no thought the place it got here from.
“That melody isn’t wherever else within the music, but it surely’s on a well-known chord sequence, so it dovetails in fairly properly.”
May continued: “And of course the job of the guitar solo is to convey that further voice in, however then it’s a hyperlink into what everyone else now calls ‘the operatic part’. You know you’re into one thing very completely different.”
The 73-year-old was additionally requested if the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo required a number of takes.
He mentioned: “It got here out very simply, I didn’t do many takes. It was one of these events the place you do a number of takes and you then return and hearken to the ultimate one and the primary one is sort of precisely what you need.
“You simply must trim it slightly bit and polish it up.”
Last summer time, Total Guitar readers additionally voted Queen’s Brian May as the best guitarist of all time.
The 73-year-old topped the likes of Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page and even Jimi Hendrix.
At the time, he mentioned: “I’m completely speechless. I’m blown away.I’ve to say it’s fully sudden.
“Obviously I’m deeply touched that folks really feel that method about me.I’m not underneath any illusions that, technically, I’m even on the tree of nice guitarists.”
The Queen legend continued: “I assume this tells me that what I’ve performed has affected individuals, and which means an awesome deal to me.
“I’ll by no means declare to be an awesome guitarist within the sense of, you already know, a virtuoso. I assume I simply attempt to play from my coronary heart and that’s about.”
On beating Hendrix to the highest spot, May mentioned: “Oh my god! Well, it is extremely humbling.
“Jimi is, of course, my primary and I’ve all the time mentioned that.”