Brian May

Happy 70th Birthday, Brian May! 10 Of His Best Guitar Solos

Happy birthday, Brian May! The famed guitarist turns 70 today.

At last night’s sold-out show in Toronto, May received some happy birthday wishes from his bandmates (alongside Adam Lambert on vocals) and the crowd!

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IMG_7896 (Photo by Warren Stewart)

IMG_7897 (Photo by Warren Stewart)

IMG_7905 (Photo by Warren Stewart)

To celebrate the occasion, we’re presenting uDiscover’s piece on Brian May’s discography.


“The best solos are something which you can sing as well as the melody line,” says Brian May, guitarist for rock icons Queen. “The kind of solos I enjoy are where there’s a line which reflects the melody line, but subtly changes it in some way which adds to the song.”

As often, Dr May (surely the only guitar hero with a PhD in astrophysics) is being a little too modest: many of his great solos have not only complemented but transformed the songs they’ve appeared in. By way of celebrating a phenomenal player and all round good guy, uDiscover picks ten of his greatest guitar performances on record with Queen.

The list is in no particular order, but it seems only right to open with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ to which May contributes not only a remarkable, timeless solo but some of the most brilliant guitar textures to augment the rest of the band, particularly Freddie Mercury’s lead vocals.

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The Best Albums of the 90s

The ’90s gave us grunge, shoegaze, art rock, and yes… boy bands.

With the advent of the Internet and technology advancing faster than ever before, the ’90s pushed music into an incredible new territory and gave us some incredible memories before Y2K threatened to shut everything down.

We’re taking a look at the best albums of the ’90s, by year.

1990

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Depeche Mode – Violator

Depeche Mode’s Violator was a limitless project for a band known for poppy ditties like “Just Can’t Get Enough.” Opener “Personal Jesus” packs a dark statement with its haunting vocal loops and creaky guitar plucks. “Enjoy The Silence” is chilling with its plunky synths, crawling their way into your brain, its anthemic chorus a far cry from the lyrics describing isolation and serenity. “Policy of Truth” weaves funk into the mix effortlessly.


1991

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Nirvana: Nevermind

What’s there to say about this grunge opus? Nirvana hit a home run with their second full-length release, catapulted by teenage angst anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The album only continued to pick up steam thanks to killer songs like “Come As You Are”, “Lithium” and “In Bloom” that crossed over from alternative radio into the masses.

With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, Nevermind not only proved to be one of the biggest albums of the ’90s, but one of the most recognised of all-time (with thanks to its double-take cover.)

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Club Dancing Sisters

Study Finds There IS An Age Where It’s Too Old To Hit The Club

Have you ever had the urge to go out clubbing, hit the scene and then think… damn, did I get old overnight?

You’re not alone. And now there’s evidence that suggests there is an age threshold where we should hang up the decadent dresses and fancy footwear.

Currys PC World did a study that found 37 is the age where you’re officially too old to go clubbing. By the time you turn 31, you’ll be more inclined to stay in versus going out, says the research.

The biggest reasons stated by respondents for not hitting the club is they’d rather be in front of the TV, and also not rack up the charges a night out brings about. (more…)

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The Beatles Lead Vinyl Sales For 2017

When it comes to purchasing vinyl, consumers want two things: classic albums and soundtracks.

According to Nielsen Music’s 2017 mid-year album charts, The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the top selling vinyl of the year thus far, moving 39,000 units. The #1 position is largely due to the rerelease of the album for its 50th anniversary.

The Fab Four also secured the #7 position with Abbey Road selling 26,000 copies. Other familiar titles to make the Top 10 are Bob Marley and the WailersLegend at #4 (30,000 units), Amy Winehouse‘s Back To Black at #5 (27,000 units), Prince and the Revolution‘s Purple Rain at #8 (24,000 units) and Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon (23,000 units).

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Yellow Submarine

The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Will Become A Comic Book

The BeatlesYellow Submarine is getting the comic book treatment in 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Titan Comics will handle the release, with MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison writing and illustrating the book.

The adaptation coincides with the movie’s 50th anniversary next year.

Yellow Submarine saw the Fab Four led through an animated wonderland, trying to rescue it from the Blue Meanies. With slick animation and unreleased tracks, the movie proved to be a hit with critics and fans alike.

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