Queen guitarist Brian May shared a new video with his 2.3 million Instagram followers which saw him playing “something old school”: his rendition of The Shadows’ 1960 hit F.B.I. The clip began with the musician holding his guitar and turning to a laptop beside him, upon which a video of him was loaded and ready. “Watch this guy first,” he said, adding: “I have no idea if this is going to work or not.”
May hit play on the video and then began to play the solo part over the top of his own recording of rhythm guitar.
In the caption, he explained how he hadn’t used the “old school” method of multitrack recording for decades.
“The Shadows excited and inspired us all when I was a teenager,” the Queen legend wrote.
“I haven’t attempted this old school method of multi tracking for over 50 years.”
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“Me and my pal Dave Dilloway used to do this stuff together using the tape recorders of the day,” he continued. “Dave is sadly long gone now, but I have his acoustic guitar thanks to his kindness – the one I used on The Night Comes Down and Jealousy among others.
“Tonight instead of a tape recorder I recorded my rhythm part on the laptop – and then played along to it, live into the iPhone camera,” May explained, quipping: “Who needs multitrack machines?!”
“This tune is intriguing to me because it’s a minor melody played over a major chord sequence.
“Hank Marvin’s delivery was always incisive and immaculate. The sound inimitable. I learned so much from him,” he concluded.
May and his bandmate Roger Taylor have been using social media to keep fans entertained and occupied during the coronavirus lockdown.
Last week, he began a series of “micro-concerts” which he has been sharing on Instagram and is teaching Queen aficionados how to tackle some of their biggest hits as well as covering other artists’ songs.
He has been urging people to “keep calm and create”, encouraging fans to take the time during this challenging period to focus on creative outlets.
Earlier this week, May walked Instagram users through his iconic guitar solo from Killer Queen.
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Towards the end of the video, he made a slight error, but wrote in the caption: “Frank Zappa once told me, ‘There is no such thing as a mistake — if it’s your performance of your own stuff, who can tell you it’s wrong?!’”
Another micro-concert saw May perform Keep Yourself Alive.
In that video, he praised Queen’s new vocalist Adam Lambert, who performs with the group as part of a collaboration.
“Adam does a great job of singing it, bless him,” he said of the US star. “As he does with everything we give him.”
Lambert first performed with Queen in 2009 when he was competing on American Idol.
Since then, they formed Queen + Adam Lambert and have been touring the world with the rock giants’ back catalogue.
Lambert sings the goal parts made famous by the late Freddie Mercury.
Mercury tragically died of complications due to AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45.
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