Press Release: Air Guitar Anthems Queen’s Brian May unveils a compilation album of rock guitar royalty


“Brian May and Kerry Ellis – Parisienne Walkways”
Full track available tomorrow (18 Nov)

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“Air Guitar Is Back! The most delirious fantasy of our time is back, and this time it’s bigger and more ass-bitingly dangerous than ever. This is seriously indisputably, the greatest collection of the World’s Greatest Guitar Anthems EVER. We challenge you to sit one hundredth of the way through this 3 CD set without being galvanised into frenetic Air Guitar action. Zeppelin, The Who, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Cream, Sex Pistols, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Metallica, Kiss, Deep Purple, Status Quo and legions more rock legends…are we kidding?

No! No kidding. No mercy. It’s all here for your Sons and Daughters, your sons sons and your daughters’ daughters, your Dads and Mums, and, yes, your rockin’ GrandDaddies and Grandmas – but most of all, exquisitely, for YOU. Roll your sleeves up, reach out, plug in, feel the air, and kick the cobwebs off with the complete unexpurgated AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS!!!

ROCK!!! Brian May and team.”

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Universal Music On Demand
Released on 18 November

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Air Guitar Anthems TV Ad – Release 18112016 

BRIAN MAY, the legendary Queen guitarist, has lovingly compiled an album featuring the finest Rock Guitar Anthems of all time.

Air Guitar Anthems is released on 18th November and will provide rock fans across the UK with the perfect antidote to Perry Como this Christmas.

In a recent interview Brian May revealed his first air guitar influence, Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’, with its simple two-chord riff. “I found that I could do that”, said May, “and that’s the great thing – you don’t have to be a great guitar player to play a lot of these riffs. You can pick it up and in a few hours, you can get to something that makes you feel good.”

A labour of love for Brian May, the ‘Air Guitar Anthems’ concept goes back to Brian’s original ‘The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever’ series which sold 1.3m copies across its three volumes in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

“Most music fans love a rock riff and everyone has an ‘air guitar’ moment at least once in their lives”, said Brian, “for me and all the other artists on this record, that has turned into a career!” 

This album demonstrates the continuing popularity of air guitar riffs. The amazing track list is no small part thanks to Brian, who put in personal calls to artists to ensure their songs appeared on the album:

• Led Zeppelin ‘Whole Lotta Love’ (Led Zep NEVER usually allow tracks on compilations – Brian ‘gave Jimmy a call’!);
• Metallica ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ (an awesome Queen cover from their 1974 album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’);
• Kiss ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’, Whitesnake ‘Here I Go Again’, Derek & the Dominoes ‘Layla’, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, T-Rex… the list goes on!

The album opens with the epic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which celebrates its 40th anniversary as a global smash (the song was, of course, first released in the UK in 1975 but in ‘76 it became an international hit). The rock-out section in the song “is actually Freddie’s riff which he played on the piano first.” – Brian May.

And fittingly, the 3CD set closes with ‘We Will Rock You’ from 1977. Has there ever been a better guitar solo?

Here’s the full track list…

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
Ram Jam – Black Betty
Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
Bachman-Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy
Alice Cooper – Poison
KISS – Crazy Crazy Nights
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again ’87
Derek & The Dominoes feat. Duane Allen – Layla
Rainbow – Since You Been Gone
Boston – More Than A Feeling

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Status Quo – Down Down
Bryan Adams – Run to You
Free – All Right Now
The Who – I Can’t Explain
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy
Bad Company – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Billy Idol – White Wedding
George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
Small Faces – All Or Nothing
Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Brian May & Kerry Ellis – Parisienne Walkways

Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
The Police – Message In A Bottle
The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Stiltskin – Inside
The Knack – My Sharona
Toto – Hold The Line
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Rush – The Spirit of Radio
Motley Crue – Girls Girls Girls
Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock
Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Dio – Holy Diver
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Shadows – FBI
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Queen – We Will Rock You

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