QUEEN guitarist BRIAN MAY has contributed guitar on two songs for the forthcoming Foo Fighters album.
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins are both lifelong Queen fans.
May entered the studio with the group in LA earlier this month to work on two new songs likely to feature on the follow-up to ’99s ‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose’.
“I’m not sure if they want me to divulge the titles – but one track is very aggressively rhythmic, and I contributed some ‘Get Down Make Love’-type guitar as well as some soloing.
“For this session we improvised with more modern equipment to get a similar effect – in fact slightly different – so it was inspiring and seems to work well with the track. Of course it was all experimental and I did it purely because it was fun to work with my great pals – the whole group was there plus Gus, their excellent Tour Manager.
“The other track is totally unusual – a kind of narrative ballad – very daring in its simplicity – I contributed some ‘Queen II’ lush harmony guitar sound figures. Taylor and Dave are familiar with everything Queen ever did – and as soon as I turned the AC 30 up full, wound off the treble, and fed my guitar into it with all pickups in phase, feeding back, sustaining like a cello, Taylor said – ‘Ha ! the ‘White Queen’ sound!!! He was spot on of course – haven’t used that sound in probably 15 years…..
“We had fun ! And the gardens of this particular studio are beautiful – very inspiring – an OASIS ! And the sun shone warmly, and I didn’t want to come home to cold depressing England.”
The new Foo Fighters album is due for release later in 2002.