Over the last century, there have been some incredible rock guitarists. And now Total Guitar magazine’s readers have voted Queen’s Brian May the greatest of all time. The 72-year-old topped Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page and even Jimi Hendrix.
Speaking with Total Guitar, May said: “I’m absolutely speechless. I’m blown away.
“I have to say it’s completely unexpected.
“Obviously I’m deeply touched that people feel that way about me.
“I’m not under any illusions that, technically, I’m even on the tree of great guitarists.”
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The Queen legend continued: “I guess this tells me that what I’ve done has affected people, and that means a great deal to me.
“I will never claim to be a great guitarist in the sense of, you know, a virtuoso.
“I guess I just try to play from my heart and that’s about.”
On beating Hendrix to the top spot, May said: “Oh my god! Well, it is very humbling.”
May added: “And I get that feeling all over again, like either I’m going to give up playing guitar, because I can’t face up to this, or I’m gonna really have to get into it in a big way and try and do what is in my own body and soul.
“I never stop learning from Jimi. Strangely enough, these day I very seldom play his stuff but it’s kind of inside me anyway.
“Yeah, so I’m deeply honoured. I never would have thought the day would come.
“I know my dad would have had a wry smile on his face.”