Brian May has said he regrets losing a cassette tape that Freddie Mercury made for him.
Freddie Mercury was a huge fan of Brian May’s guitar work and wanted to show May how much he appreciated him and his work.
Now May, has revealed that he has misplaced a cassette tape filled with his solos. He explained it in an interview with Total Guitar magazine.
“One day Freddie had a big smile on his face when I came into the studio and he popped a cassette into the player and said, ‘Listen to this, darling. This is going to surprise you.’ And what he’d done was spend the whole morning putting together all the guitar solos that he could find in the work that we’d done, and he’d strung them all together.”
Brian May added, “It was quite amazing. And one of my big regrets is I can’t find that cassette. I never throw anything away. I’m a bit of a hoarder. So it ought to be somewhere. But Freddie was very proud of the stuff that I’d done and that we’d done together.”
While he recognises that his guitar work is respected and enjoyed by many, May revealed that Mercury was a huge influence on May’s playing.
Discussing the recording sessions for their iconic track ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, May said:
“This track had been evolving for a while. It was very much the product of the fevered brow of Freddie. We knew it was something very special.”
“Freddie put a guide vocal on, and then we started doing all the multi-tracked vocal harmonies. There was already a rhythm guitar on there, of course. And somewhere during that process we talked about where there would be a solo, and that part of it Freddie hadn’t mapped out.”
He went on to add “There was a lot of interaction (with Freddie), and I think that was part of the magic that we had.”
“We gave each other a lot of stick, really, but in a very positive way. We were always pushing each other to try things.”
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