Brian May on Queen’s influences: The Beatles 'built our bible', 'Great god' Jimi Hendrix

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Brian May on Queen’s influences: The Beatles 'built our bible', 'Great god' Jimi Hendrix

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.

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“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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Freddie added: “It’s not a matter of having less talent, just that some people are capable of doing certain things better than anybody else, and I feel that I’m not equipped to do the things that Lennon did.

“I don’t think anybody should, because John Lennon was unique, a one-off, and that’s the way it is.

“I admire him very much and that’s as far as I want to go.

“When I heard that Lennon was dead, I was shocked and dumbfounded.”

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