Brian May Shares His Opinions About Eric Clapton While Revealing His All-Time Favorite Guitar Solo

Queen lead guitarist Brian May opened up about his all-time favorite guitar solo during an interview with Guitar World Magazine, and apparently, it’s Eric Clapton, a three-time inductee to the rock and Roll Hall of Fame, solo in the song ‘Key To Love’ by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

As many of you might know, Eric Clapton joined the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in April 1965, just a few months after the release of their first album. The band released only one album with Eric Clapton which was titled, ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton,’ and it was released in July 1966 it reached the Top Ten in the UK, along with finding itself a place in Rolling Stones’ list of ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’

During a recent interview, Brian May revealed that his favorite guitar solo of all-time is actually Eric Clapton’s solo in the song ‘Key To Love’ from Clapton’s only album with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers still to this day. May stated that he has never heard of such a passionate solo in his entire life and it is one of the biggest inspirations for May.

In addition to this, May revealed that Clapton’s solo is the center of the track as every other element of the song revolves around that solo, and every time May is listening to that song, he’s waiting for Clapton’s turn which gives chills down to his spine every single time.

Here is what May said:

“And can I offer one more thing – my favorite guitar solo of all time? It’s Clapton, Key To Love, from John Mayall’s Blues Breakers album. It’s the hottest burning high-passion piece I’ve ever heard in my life – still to this day. I just love it. It totally rips, and I’ll never get over that. That’s one of my great inspirations.

Incendiary is a good word, yes. He burned in that solo! The whole track revolves around that solo. Every time I put it on, I’m just waiting... John Mayall’s great, but you’re waiting for that moment when Eric rips out and suddenly he’s whacking into those top notes. It’s incredible. Absolutely spine-chilling.”

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