born 17 July 1949




July 13, 1973 ~ Queen release their debut album. About a week earlier, the band’s first single, “Keep Yourself Alive” was released. Over the years, the genius of that debut album — and specifically that debut single — became apparent. I think Rolling Stone’s Brandon Stosuy put it best on his list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time (Queen’s at #31) when he said,

Brian May’s statement of purpose: a phalanx of overdubbed guitars crying out in unison, with rhythm and texture from over-the-top effects  . . . an entire album’s worth of riffs crammed into a single song