39 Total Quotes

Brian May Quotes

We didn't audition for Paul - he just turned up. He'd been a friend for many years, and suddenly there was a real chemistry there. Really, I don't think we could be out there with someone who hadn't trodden the same path as us.
Brian May
#Audition

I have a perfectly clear idea of what was in Freddie's mind. But it was unwritten law among us in those days that the real core of a song lyric was a private matter for the composer.
Brian May
#Law

There is an enormous crowd of extremely famous people here sitting on the lawn chatting on their mobile phones.
Brian May
#People

It was really there in our heads from the beginning - to get the orchestration of the voices and guitars. It was just a question of being able to realize the dream, and getting the time and money and studio equipment to be able to do it. Actually, the 'Queen II' album [in 1974] had a lot of that in it - it tends to be slightly underrated, but a lot of the foundations for the sound were laid on that album.
Brian May
#Beginning

Not for a million -- years. I mean, I like the INXS boys, but I found the process very degrading, really. Reality television has eaten away at our standards of excellence. I don't like this whole culture, which has evolved, of TV being the king.
Brian May
#Boys

It seemed like a fun thing to do, and it's become one of the highlights of the set. People just don't want to let it go. I don't think we realized how much resonance it had in this country. We thought it was more of a European thing. But it seems to be one of the things that connects very deeply with audiences here.
Brian May
#Fun

A good video can make all the difference.
Brian May
#English Musician

Astronomy's much more fun when you're not an astronomer.
Brian May
#English Musician

At the moment the Queen stuff does sell really well, but there's no guarantee it'll go on forever.
Brian May
#English Musician

Each gig should be unique. You're always treading that line between keeping yourself fresh and giving people something they want to hear.
Brian May
#English Musician

Einstein got most of the things right about black holes. I'm not an expert, I must admit.
Brian May
#English Musician

Every time I listen to Jeff Beck my whole view of guitar changes radically. He's way, way out, doing things you never expect.
Brian May
#English Musician

Everybody thought I was a bit of an eccentric for wanting to be out there looking at the stars, but I still do.
Brian May
#English Musician

For a time I didn't want to answer any questions about Queen. I'd like to be viewed as something alive and relevant, not some fossil.
Brian May
#English Musician

From the beginning of Queen there was such momentum that I never had any time to do anything else. My energy was 95% focused on the band.
Brian May
#English Musician

I despise the Lottery. There's less chance of you becoming a millionaire than there is of getting hit on the head by a passing asteroid.
Brian May
#English Musician

I don't surf the net in general. I have someone do it for me instead, because I find it sluggish.
Brian May
#English Musician

I don't think anybody comes close to The Beatles, including Oasis.
Brian May
#English Musician

I go through major crises every few months, but then I have great peaks of belief and creativity. I'm a weird kind of animal.
Brian May
#English Musician

I had this big thing about guitar harmonies. I wanted to be the first to put proper three-part harmonies onto a record. That was an achievement.
Brian May
#English Musician

I just want to be able to play as fast as my brain goes, and my brain doesn't go all that fast.
Brian May
#English Musician

I like to go for a walk or swimming or in the garden when I can. It's a busy kind of life, but I guess I'm lucky.
Brian May
#English Musician

I never took sheet music seriously. I could do better myself just by listening to other people and using my own intuition.
Brian May
#English Musician

I really thought I was pretty good before I saw Hendrix, and then I thought: Yeah, not so good.
Brian May
#English Musician

I spent 20 years of my life building up Queen, and now I'm spending years of my life trying to get away from it.
Brian May
#English Musician

I was actually perfectly happy when I had no money, which lasted right up until we had a hit with Killer Queen, in 1974. I never wanted for anything.
Brian May
#English Musician

I'm pretty basic as far as technique is concerned. I don't use many gadgets, and I like the sound my guitar makes, anyway.
Brian May
#English Musician

Mantovani was a great influence on me.
Brian May
#English Musician

Sanctions always hurt the poor, the weak, the children.
Brian May
#English Musician

The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.
Brian May
#English Musician