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“It’s Late” is a hard rock 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 one year before Eddie Van Halen’s use of the tapping technique on the Van Halen I album. May told Guitar Player Magazine that his use of the tapping technique was inspired by an unnamed bar-band guitarist from Texas.

The song is notable for its length and heavy, wide vocal range (E3-E6), bluesy guitar riff, using the previously mentioned technique.

“It’s Late” was released as a single in the US in 1978, albeit in heavily edited form, and peaked at #72 on the Billboard charts. It was later included on the Queen Rocks compilation in 1997, and a new video was produced using footage of Las Vegas and prostitutes, inter-cut with live performances of the song.

The song appears in the 2006 documentary film Kurt Cobain About A Son, and can also be heard in the Seth Rogen film Observe and Report.

Edited by backtothelight on 23 Nov 2009, 03:39

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