March 26, 2012 15:12

Queen's Brian May: 'I would have liked to have been in AC/DC'

But guitarist says he's 'the wrong sort of size and shape' for Australian rockers

Queen's Brian May: 'I would have liked to have been in AC/DC'

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Queen's Brian May has revealed that he would have liked to have joined AC/DC.

Speaking to the Independent, the guitarist said that he would have fancied a stint with the Australian rockers if it hadn't been for his business with Freddie Mercury and co, but also said he wouldn't have fitted in with the band as he was the "wrong sort of size and shape".

He said:

I'd have probably liked to be in AC/DC [if Queen hadn't existed]. But I'm the wrong sort of size and shape, unfortunately.


He went on to add: "Because it's different from Queen. Queen were very eclectic – that's the word isn't it? – and we just trampled over every boundary that there was. But AC/DC are in a sense the opposite.
"They know their style and it's incredibly pure and I have a great respect for that. And every single note they play is AC/DC completely."

Brian May is set to have his time filled with Queen this summer, with the iconic rock band set to play live with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert taking Mercury's place as the band's frontman.

With the band confirmed as headliners for this summer's Sonisphere festival, topping a bill that includes Kiss, Faith No More, Evanescence, Incubus, The Darkness, Mastodon and Refused, May claimed that Mercury would have approved of their plans with Lambert.

Lambert himself, meanwhile, has insisted that he is unfazed at any potential backlash he may face when he hooks up with the band this summer. Asked about comparisons with Mercury, he told NME: "The way I look at it is I’m not trying to imitate or outdo him or compete in any way, that’s not even in my mind at all, I think it's really an honour to be asked to sing the music that he and the band wrote and get up there and put on a good show. If people are too busy trying to compare, they're not going to enjoy the music."

See Sonispherefestivals.com for more information about the event.

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