Firstly we have to sadly report that, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the launch date of the updated and refreshed edition of the book ‘Brian May’s Red Special‘ has been put back until October.
I should have done this months ago, but here are some details as to what’s actually new in the revised edition.
Two new chapters
Revisiting The Past – This chapter deals with and details the repairs and maintenance that has been carried out on the Red Special since its first major refurbishment, undertaken by Greg Fryer in 1998. A new fingerboard dot and a replacement machinehead are just two of the trials the guitar has had to go through, and the infamous ‘Lost Tone Knob‘ is also discussed.
From Feltham to Hollywood – In this chapter Brian discusses the impact the film 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody had has, and he also goes into detail regarding some of the prop Red Specials that were built especially for the film. There’s also a fascinating interview with Gwilym Lee, who played Brian in the film. Imagine if you had to tell Brian he was playing the solo to Bo Rhap incorrectly… it happened.
Updated Gallery chapter
Previously titled ‘Red Special In Production‘, we’ve added to and updated the selection of commercially-available RS guitars, and we’ve dug out some guitars rescued from Brian’s archive that have rarely been seen up close before. There are also a few more Guild models plus a newbie or two from BMG .
The first five chapters remain largely the same as the original edition, although Brian has added some details to certain parts. It’s great fun re-reading the chapters to find the new information.
There’s also a new author’s picture of me. Fame at last…