Total Guitar readers have voted Queen’s Brian May the greatest of all time in their “100 Greatest Guitarists Ever” poll, reports Express.co.uk. The 72-year-old topped Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page and even Jimi Hendrix.
This coming bank holiday Friday (8th May),Planet rock radio will be paying tribute to Queen legend Brian May all day on Planet Rock with Brian May Day.
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.
“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. Jimi is, of course, my number one and I’ve always said that. To me, he’s something of a superman. It’s like he really did come from an alien planet, and I will never know quite how he did what he did. And every time I got back to Hendrix, I’m thrilled and stunned.