Added on 09-Feb-2002
Foo Fighters Get Royal Treatment From Queen's Brian May
Fri Feb 8, 5:37 PM ET
2/8/02, 5 p.m. ET) -- Former Queen guitarist Brian May recorded two
tracks with the Foo Fighters recently at Conway Studios in Los
Angeles. "Yes, I put a few brush strokes on two tracks for the
forthcoming Foos album," May revealed on the Queen website.
May elaborated, "One track is very aggressively rhythmic, and I
contributed some 'Get Down Make Love'-type guitar as well as some
soloing...For this session we improvised with more modern equipment
to get a similar effect--in fact slightly different--so it was
inspiring and seems to work well with the track...Of course it was
all experimental and I did it purely because it was fun to work with
my great pals."
He described the second "unusual" track, a kind of "narrative
ballad." "I contributed some Queen II lush harmony guitar sound
May didn't guarantee his stuff would make the cut. "They can use it
if in the cold light of day if the group (or [band leader] Dave
[Grohl]!) thinks it works!"
The Foos know May's work with Queen inside out, May added. "[Drummer]
Taylor [Hawkins] and Dave [Grohl] are familiar with everything Queen
ever did--and as soon as I turned the AC 30 up full, wound off the
treble, and fed my guitar into it with all the pickups in phase,
feeding back, sustaining like a cello, Taylor said, 'Ha! the White
Queen sound!!' He was spot on of course--haven't used that sound in
probably 15 years."
In an interview a while back, May told LAUNCH that the Foo Fighters
were one of his favorite "new" bands. At last year's Rock And Roll
Hall Of Fame ceremony in New York, May and the Foo Fighters hooked up
for a smoking version of Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down."
Fans can read about the band's induction into the Rock Hall at
-- Darren Davis, New York