Queen Guitarist Brian May Appears on Lady Gaga’s New Single ‘You and I’
Former Queen axeman Brian May contributes a distinctive guitar solo to 'You and I,' the new single by pop queen Lady Gaga. The track was produced by the legendary Mutt Lange, who was behind the boards for AC/DC's 'Back in Black,' Def Leppard's 'Pyromania' and many other multi-million selling classic albums.
The catchy tune, which you can hear right here, is the fourth single from Gaga's current album, 'Born This Way.' The big rock hooks are a bit of a stylistic departure for the dance-music icon, but as we've told you before, classic rock is nothing new to Gaga. Her father was a rock fan, and he raised her on a steady diet of Pink Floyd. The song debuted in a stripped down version last year, at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball.
The video's director, Fernando Garibay, recently told MTV how the song came together. Gaga recorded a vocal backstage with a piano, and gave that version of the song to Lange. They traded notes, and Mutt constructed a track around her recording. By the time the tune reached the album, it also featured a bouncy guitar riff, powerhouse drums, a stomping rhythm track that recalls Queen’s “We Will Rock Your,” and a country swing that evokes Lange’s recent work with ex-wife Shania Twain.
"Mutt Lange's a legend since the '80s, [and he's] been having huge songs," Garibay said. "He does his stuff to the track, to the song, but kept it in her vision. It's pretty spectacular."
The video for ‘You And I' premieres tonight (Aug. 18) on MTV at 7:49PM ET. Our sister site PopCrush.com will offer more coverage of this event later this evening.