Freddie Mercury’s Queen is one of the great rock bands, but its musical style could swing from light pop to heavy metal. Now Brian May has spilt the beans on the band’s biggest influences, including The Beatles. Speaking with Guitar World last year, May said: “By that time I’d been exposed to Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and that was life-changing.”
The 72-year-old continued: “To us, Hendrix was the great god.
“I still can’t understand where that stuff came from. It’s like he came from another planet.
“I mentioned harmonies — I came from Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles.
“The Beatles built our bible as far as musical composition, arrangement and production went.”
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Brian May on Queen’s influences: The Beatles ‘built our bible’, 'Great god’ Jimi Hendrix (Image: GETTY)
Jimi Hendrix was just 27 when he died (Image: GETTY)
May added: “The White Album is a complete catalogue of how you should use a studio to build songs.
“Happiness Is a Warm Gun and Dear Prudence are blinding examples of how music can be like painting a picture on a canvas.
“In a sense, the Beatles were unburdened because they didn’t have to play the songs live.
“We became passionate about building stuff in the studio but also making it come to life on a stage.”
Freddie Mercury paid tribute to John Lennon the day after he died (Image: GETTY)
When John Lennon died in December