Brian May’s Confession About AC/DC
With their impressive fusion of heavy metal, glam rock, hard rock, and progressive rock, Queen has made an incredible impact in the music world, especially during the ’70s and ’80s. Although they turned in the direction of other styles like pop-rock and arena rock gradually in their career, their heavier roots also occasionally showed up in some of the songs. Brian May‘s layered guitar work and Freddie Mercury’s flamboyant stage persona were among the crucial factors behind the band’s tremendous success and popularity.
Queen’s era-defining hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘We Will Rock You,’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ placed them among the most prominent world stars of the period. Each band member’s unique personality and versatility led them to produce music that became long-lasting and impactful. The band has been a source of inspiration for almost all upcoming groups with their memorable mark on the music scene. Yet, Brian May would also want to become a part of another successful band, AC/DC.
What Did Brian May Think About AC/DC’s Style?
Like Queen, AC/DC also changed rock music forever with their unique chemistry and distinctive sound, a mix of hard rock, blues, and heavy metal. The band has always remained true to its defining hard rock tones and consistently produced good work in this genre. Their consistency is undoubtedly one of the secrets to their massive success, reputation, and longevity.
Brian May is also a massive admirer of the group, considering his statements about them in a previous interview with the Independent. During the conversation in 2012, the guitarist revealed that he would be delighted to be a member of AC/DC if Queen had failed at the time. He showed the reason for this as the band’s different style than Queen’s.
May said the band had a very eclectic style, drawing influences from many other genres. However, according to the guitarist, AC/DC is very different in this sense from them with their consistent and pure sound. He respects them a lot and would want to become a part of the act, yet he doesn’t think he is a good fit with their style. Although May is a huge fan of AC/DC, he considers himself the wrong choice considering the group’s character.
In Brian May’s words, he said:
“I’d have probably liked to be in AC/DC. It’s different from Queen. Queen was very eclectic. We just trampled over every boundary that there was. But AC/DC is, in a sense, the opposite. They know their style, and it’s incredibly pure, and I have great respect for that. Every single note they play is AC/DC completely. I’m the wrong sort of size and shape, unfortunately. If I feel excited about it, I don’t care what anybody else thinks. And in fact, I enjoy that feeling of discomfort.”
If Queen had failed, Brian May would have thought about what to do next and how to stand out in the competitive environment of the music scene. Fortunately, he enjoyed incredible success with the band, propelling his career to a point he couldn’t even imagine.