When I'm gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures.— Brian May
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I never took sheet music seriously. I could do better myself just by listening to other people and using my own intuition.
It's wonderful for me to see what 'We Will Rock You' has done.
'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions' have kind of transcended the normal framework of where music is listened to and appreciated - they've become part of public life, which I feel wonderful about.
I despise the Lottery. There's less chance of you becoming a millionaire than there is of getting hit on the head by a passing asteroid.
The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.
Queen songs tend to be about very personal things: personal dreams and personal ambitions.
The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.
There are times when I flick through magazines and think I'm in danger of becoming a prisoner of my own hair.
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'm into paradoxes. I wanted to make an album about them, but the group told me I was a pretentious fart. They were right.
I'm not a person for sitting on beaches. What would I do?
I like a big neck – thick, flat and wide.
I lacquered the fingerboard with Rustin's Plastic Coating. The tremolo is interesting in that the arm's made from an old bicycle saddle bag carrier, the knob at the end's off a knitting needle and the springs are valve springs from an old motorbike.
The Wedding March has a bit of a death march in it.
I'm the nice guy who sits there signing everything that's put in front of me.
Astronomy's much more fun when you're not an astronomer.
Sanctions always hurt the poor, the weak, the children.
Every time I listen to Jeff Beck my whole view of guitar changes radically.
He's way, way out, doing things you never expect.
Queen songs are not about the life of a rock star - they tend to be about the lives of normal people, which is why I think the songs connect so much. We're very lucky that they seemingly connect with every generation.
I think a lot of people would be better off in America, where at least you would find some radio station somewhere that would play you.
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 had this idea... I wanted the sound to sing and have that thickness but yet still have an edge so that it could articulate. So my dad and I designed the guitar... the one that was made from an old fireplace.
I just want to be able to play as fast as my brain goes, and my brain doesn't go all that fast.
The first nine albums there was never a Synthesiser, never any Orchestra.
There was never any other player except us on the albums.
Doing Made In Heaven was like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, but I wouldn't have put my seal of approval on it if I hadn't thought it was up to standard.
I like to go for a walk or swimming or in the garden when I can.
It's a busy kind of life, but I guess I'm lucky.
For a time I didn't want to answer any questions about Queen.
I'd like to be viewed as something alive and relevant, not some fossil.
I don't surf the net in general. I have someone do it for me instead, because I find it sluggish.
Everybody thought I was a bit of an eccentric for wanting to be out there looking at the stars, but I still do.
I'd put a lot of work into playing guitar and was thinking I was pretty damn good. But Hendrix came along and destroyed everyone.
I've always lived in that guitar world.
I have noticed kids being more into the real essence of guitar music now.
My mum says I wanted to be a surgeon, but I don't remember that.
I think from the time I knew what was happening, I wanted to be a guitar player.
Not for a million - years. I mean, I like the INXS boys, but I found the process very degrading, really. Reality television has eaten away at our standards of excellence. I don't like this whole culture, which has evolved, of TV being the king.
In print, people can do anything to you.
Everything you do is picked apart. People love it; they're waiting for you to make a mistake.
My children hate me being such a big star.
It's very hard for them to have a father who is always in the public eye.
I was an incurable romantic then, same as I am now. I was always pining away after somebody
We do play to our audience. It's very important. You can't create music in a vacuum.
We've done an arrangement with an orchestra, but I think the best stuff tends to come when it's just the four of us.
A good video can make all the difference.
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.
Mantovani was a great influence on me.
I really thought I was pretty good before I saw Hendrix, and then I thought: Yeah, not so good.
If I go to places where other people are playing, I often get up and play myself. I just enjoy the sound and feel of playing.
What is left of your dream? Just the words on your stone.
A man who learned how to teach then forgot how to learn.
There are a lot of things in Queen albums that you don't expect; that's why we threw them in.
At the moment the Queen stuff does sell really well, but there's no guarantee it'll go on forever.
I think Queen tribute bands are great.
However, we have to keep them at arm's length, otherwise it could be too dangerous.
Each gig should be unique. You're always treading that line between keeping yourself fresh and giving people something they want to hear.
The potential audience seems to be dwindling in the states.
I was kind of embarrassed for the band because of the size of the audience.
There are times when I've been feeling something and played a solo that I've never been able to repeat.
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