Queen – Flash.

Queen_Flash_Gordon-1-In addition to using his home-made guitar he prefers to use coins (especially a sixpence from the farewell proof set of 1970), instead of a more traditional plastic plectrum, on the basis that their rigidity gives him more control in playing.He is known to carry coins in his pockets specifically for this purpose.
May’s early influences were Cliff Richard and the Shadows, who he says were “the most metallic thing(s) out at the time.” Many years later he gained his opportunity to play on separate occasions with both Cliff Richard and Shadows lead guitarist Hank Marvin. He has collaborated with Cliff Richard on a re-recording of the Cliff Richard and The Shadows (then known as The Drifters) 1958 hit “Move It” on the Cliff Richard duets album Two’s Company which was released on 6 November 2006.Brian May always stated that The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix were the greatest influences on him. On Queen for an Hour 1989 Interview on BBC Radio 1, May listed Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beckand Eric Clapton as his guitar heroes. In a 1991 interview for Guitar World magazine, May referred to the Who as “my inspiration”, and on seeing Led Zeppelin stated, “We used to look at those guys and think, “That’s the way it should be done.” Influenced by Jimmy Page, May states; “I don’t think anyone has epitomised riff writing better than Jimmy Page – he’s one of the great brains of rock music”.

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