Watch Brian May Play "Ode to Joy"
May recorded his own interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth as part of the all-star "Himno a la Alegría" video.
From being crowned the greatest rock guitarist of all time, to leading all-star virtual jams for the ages, to assisting in the creation of new models for his guitar company, Queen's Brian May has been plenty busy over the last year.
Now, we've gotten a taste of May's latest project, a recording of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as part of the "Himno a la Alegría" video.
An all-star union of some of the biggest names in the Spanish music industry, the video aims to – in the words of (opens in new tab) the dozens of artists behind its creation – have a "voice of harmony and hope, of brotherhood and of union."
“A stupendous event!,” May wrote (opens in new tab) on Instagram of the video. “Beethoven’s Ode to Joy becomes 'Himno a la Alegría' – with a dazzling array of talent. I was honored to be a guest! Congratulations to all! Bri.”
You can check the full video out above. May's portion begins at around the 1:40 mark.
For more info on "Himno a la Alegría," head this way (opens in new tab).
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.