Led Zeppelin made the Queen fear they had ‘missed the boat’

Brian May said the members of Queen worried that they had “missed the boat” to success when they first heard it Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy Page‘s band formed two years before majs, but in a new interview with Total guitarMay reflected that it might as well have been a lifetime from the younger group’s perspective.

“Those guys weren’t far ahead of us in age,” he said, “but the first time we heard Zeppelin, we were like, ‘Oh, my God, this is where we’re trying to get to, and they’re already there!’ So, in a way, there were times when we felt like we missed the boat. Like we weren’t going to be able to get our stuff out there. But our vision was a little different than Zeppelin, musically. It’s more harmonic and melodic , I suppose.”

He added: “But I would never be ashamed to say that Zeppelin had a huge influence on us, not only musically, but also in the way they handled themselves in the business, without compromise. The way they handled their image, the integrity, the way they built their stage show – so many things. I guess between Zeppelin and The Beatles and WHO, you would see where we came from. That was the kind of platform we jumped off.”

May agreed that Queen’s song “Now I’m Here” was heavily influenced by Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”. “Obviously I owe a lot to Jimmy Page – the master of the riff, and the master of getting lost in time signatures,” he said. “I think the song was inspired by the Zeppelin spirit. All the wonderful things that happen when Bonzo throw in things that sound like they’re in a different time signature—that’s always fascinated me.”

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