In a recent conversation with Guitar World, Queen‘s iconic guitarist Brian May shared a memory with Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour and revealed why they became distanced in time.
As you might remember, Queen legend Brian May was selected as the greatest guitarist of all time as a result of the votes of Total Guitar readers. According to the list named ‘The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,’ Brian was followed by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen, respectively.
Recently, Brian May joined an interview for Guitar World magazine and revealed his opinions on fellow rock legends, such as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore. Apparently, Brian and David Gilmour played together in Armenia years ago.
Brian May revealed his real feelings about David Gilmour and his music were and stated:
“A beautiful player. I love him. I have an enormous respect for him. I saw one of his first shows with Pink Floyd, which I’ll never forget.
He was doing crazy things with a bottleneck, which fitted right in with their kind of chaotic performances at the time. He’s always been a great favorite of mine. A beautiful player.”
As you might know, until the health problems and the spread of coronavirus prevented him, Brian May had still been touring around the world regardless of his age. On the other hand, David Gilmour has been enjoying his retirement with his wife Polly Samson most recently traveling to Greece. Considering all these, the two legendary musicians seemed like not finding time to spend together anymore.
Brian May mentioned the time he and David played together in Armenia and talked about their relationship today:
“We did play together for Armenia at one point. I asked him to come in and play ‘Smoke on the Water’ for Armenia Relief.
I occasionally see him. We don’t keep that well in touch, but I’m very well aware of what magnificent work he does.”
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