In a recent conversation with Guitar World, Queen‘s iconic guitarist Brian May talked about the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen‘s music and revealed why he had regrets about their current relationship.

Earlier this year, Queen’s star Brian May was selected the greatest guitarist of all time by the votes of Total Guitar readers. In the list named ‘The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,’ Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen were the names following Brian.

During a recent interview for Guitar World, Brian May was asked questions about the iconic fellow guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Brian praised Eddie’s guitar playing and his personality by saying:

Eddie is incomparable. He stands there as one of the pillars of the development of the electric guitar technique. He’s a wonderful guy.

And Eddie can pick up any guitar – and I remember this from the Starfleet Project sessions – it doesn’t matter what guitar it is, he will make it sound like him!

I watched him pick up a bass when we were doing a demo and he made that sound like Eddie Van Halen. It’s just astounding what he can do with those fingers.”

Additionally, May talked about the current status of their relationship with Eddie Van Halen and revealed the reason why he felt regret about it:

“You know, it’s funny, during the lockdown, you start to look at your life again, and one of my regrets is that certain people, I think, I’ve let slip away.

I haven’t talked to Eddie for a long time and I really regret that. I’d like to change that because he’s a fantastic guy, not just a great performer but an incredible spirit. The spirit, it’s blinding, and again, you could never get fed up of listening to that.”

Click here to read the entire interview with Brian May.