While talking with BBC Radio 2 in 2019, Brian May shared some of his personal thoughts about other guitarists. Being a legendary guitarist it was interesting to know what were his prospective on other band peers.
But when the topic dives into the comparison of his own level regarding innovation, with another guitarist, Brain shares, that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page always comes to his mind first.
“He’s almost my generation, but a little bit older, and we went to the same primary school, although he was, I think, two or three years above me,”. “And that’s a lot when you’re small. So I always looked up to him, I gotta say, because he’s kind of a local boy to me.”
The reason Brian called Jimmy a local boy is that both of them were raised in the same town and studied at the same primary school in their good old days.
“Strangely enough, we live quite close to each other at the moment,” “To me, he’s a master of invention, that’s what I would say. He’s a major, major force in defining what heavy rock became as it was being born. I never get fed up with listening to those Zeppelin albums. I never will.”
We all are big fans of Jimmy Page’s guitar-playing styling, the way he plays two-fret electric guitar has created some kind of new innovation in the music world.
Brian recalls, “So, in 1969, Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin II. They played five shows at the Lyceum Ballroom in London in October 1969. I was there with Roger Taylor. Seeing Zeppelin, for us, was kind of exquisite torture because they were what we wanted to be.”
Anyway, Brian May is also famous for playing guitar with coins rather than picks. He shares that playing strings with coins produce a much better tune than picks. May is no less than an inventor in the world of music, his riffs and solos with unique playing styles also, make him one of the greatest guitarist of all time.