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It’s Late

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  • 1977
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“It’s Late” is a song written by Queen guitarist Brian May and performed by the band for their 1977 album News of the World. The song was May’s idea of treating a song as a three-act theatrical play, and the verses are called “acts” in the lyrics sheet. It makes use of the tapping technique a few months before Eddie Van Halen’s use of the tapping technique on the Van Halen album. May told Guitar Player Magazine that his use of the tapping technique was inspired by an unnamed bar-band guitarist from Texas. Tapping had also been previously used by other players, notably Steve Hackett of Genesis. The song is notable for its length and heavy, wide vocal range (E3-E6), bluesy guitar riff, and using the previously mentioned technique. The lyrics describe a love affair that is on... Read on...

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