Brian May on Hendrix: “Had to be studio trickery” Classic Rock


Readers may find of interest – Brian May and other guitar legends, back then on attending and reacting to early Hendrix gigs, in disbelief.

29 April 2024
Article with comments from Brian May:

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January 29, 1967
The Who headline a gig at the Saville Theatre, London, supported by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Koobas and Thoughts. In the audience are Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce of Cream, plus Brian May. 

Brian May (guitarist, Queen): I’d heard the solo on Stone Free, and refused to believe that someone could actually play this. It had to be some kind of studio trickery, the way he talks to the guitar and the guitar talks back to him. I was already playing in a band called Smile, and I thought I was a reasonably good guitarist, so I knew it wasn’t possible. So I went to the Saville, determined to be a disbeliever. But I was swept off my feet. I thought: “This guy is the most astounding thing I’ve ever seen.” And he did the Stone Free solo live, absolutely perfectly. It was back to the drawing board for me.