10 famous quotes from Queen's Brian May

music news 16/11/2018

Brian May, aged 71, is one of music's most iconic guitarists, playing for Queen since they started back in 1970. Here are 10 of his most famous quotes on music, guitar, performing live, spirituality and of course his hair:

On music:

"I had this big thing about guitar harmonies. I wanted to be the first to put proper three-part harmonies onto a record. That was an achievement."

"I think music is about our internal life. It's part of the way people touch each other. That's very precious to me. And astronomy is, in a sense, the very opposite thing. Instead of looking inwards, you are looking out, to things beyond our grasp."

"The music itself is very challenging, so I've never really felt the lack of stimulation. I love to be creating; I love to be making things and solving problems, I suppose, and when I'm not, then I'm not an incredibly good person to be around. If I'm not busy, then I think I would be disaster. That's just the way things are."

On his guitar playing technique:

"I'm pretty basic as far as technique is concerned. I don't use many gadgets, and I like the sound my guitar makes, anyway."

I really thought I was pretty good before I saw Hendrix, and then I thought: Yeah, not so good.

On performing live:

"Each gig should be unique. You're always treading that line between keeping yourself fresh and giving people something they want to hear."

"There is no way that you can ever really repeat something. I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured."

On his iconic hair:

"There are times when I flick through magazines and think I'm in danger of becoming a prisoner of my own hair."

On spirituality:

"It’s the most spiritually empowering thing I know, to look up at the night sky and see Orion rising as the autumn closes in at the last moment, and it’s got me through some very hard times. When I had a couple of serious bouts of depression in my life the stars were a big factor in pulling me out. People used to say 'What’s your spirituality?', and I’d say I don’t know, but I found out looking at the stars last night and that’s what it was."

On finding inspiration:

"I'm into paradoxes. I wanted to make an album about them, but the group told me I was a pretentious fart. They were right."