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Brian May

About

Brian Harold May (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved fame as lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. May was a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor. His songwriting contributions helped Queen become one of the most successful bands in rock history.

May previously performed with Taylor in the band Smile, which he had joined while he was at university. After Queen's formation in 1970, bass player John Deacon joined to complete the line-up in 1971. They became one of the biggest rock bands in the world with the success of the album A Night at the Opera and its single "Bohemian Rhapsody". From the mid-1970s until the early 1990s, Queen played at some of the biggest venues in the world, including at Live Aid in 1985. As a member of Queen, May became regarded as a virtuoso musician. He was identified with a distinctive sound created through his layered guitar work, often using a home-built electric guitar called the Red Special. May wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "We Will Rock You", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Flash", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Who Wants to Live Forever", "Too Much Love Will Kill You", and "The Show Must Go On".

Following the death of Mercury in 1991, aside from the 1992 tribute concert, the release of Made in Heaven (1995) and the 1997 tribute single to Mercury, "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" (written by May), Queen were put on hiatus for several years but were eventually reconvened by May and Taylor for further performances featuring other vocalists. In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the seventh-greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2012, he was ranked the second-greatest guitarist in a Guitar World magazine readers poll. In 2001, May was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Queen and in 2018 the band received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.May was appointed a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for charity work". May earned a PhD degree in astrophysics from Imperial College London in 2007, and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. He was a "science team collaborator" with NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission. He is also a co-founder of the awareness campaign Asteroid Day. Asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named after him. May is also an animal rights activist, campaigning against the hunting of foxes and the culling of badgers in the UK.

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July 13, 2022

Queen’s Brian May teams up with 10CC’s Graham Gouldman on new space-themed track

The song was released to coincide with images from the new James Webb Space Telescope The post Queen’s Brian May teams up with 10CC’s Graham Gouldman on new space-themed track appeared first on NME.

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June 15, 2022

Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Chrissie Hynde Set for Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show in London

Josh Homme, Mark Ronson, Stewart Copeland, and Dave Chappelle will also appear at the Foo Fighters first gig honoring their late drummer

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June 15, 2022

Foo Fighters Enlist Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme, and More for Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show in London

Chrissie Hynde, Queen’s Brian May, Rush’s Geddy Lee, and Mark Ronson are also on the slate

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June 7, 2022

Queen to Release Newly Discovered Song With Freddie Mercury Vocals From ‘The Miracle’ Sessions

Guitarist Brian May said the song was recorded before the band's iconic singer died in 1991.

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June 6, 2022

Queen have discovered an unreleased song featuring Freddie Mercury

"It's beautiful, it's touching," Brian May said of the track, which will be released later this year The post Queen have discovered an unreleased song featuring Freddie Mercury appeared first on NME.

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April 21, 2022

Brian May recalls “odd experience” of working on Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’

"I don’t think any of what I played actually got onto the album" The post Brian May recalls “odd experience” of working on Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’ appeared first on NME.

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April 17, 2022

Brian May teases that Queen might be performing at Queen’s Jubilee concert

"There is talk of something happening" The post Brian May teases that Queen might be performing at Queen’s Jubilee concert appeared first on NME.

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April 14, 2022

Brian May pays tribute to Buddy Holly with cover of ‘Maybe Baby’

The Queen guitarist said the 1958 song is the reason he's "playing guitar and being a rock star and being a very fortunate person" The post Brian May pays tribute to Buddy Holly with cover of ‘Maybe Baby’ appeared first on NME.

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April 3, 2022

Queen’s Brian May “frustrated” by Taylor Hawkins’ death

"I think of him as a boy – same as I saw George Michael as a boy – to lose them feels all wrong" The post Queen’s Brian May “frustrated” by Taylor Hawkins’ death appeared first on NME.

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February 18, 2022

‘She’s Not Free’: Inside Roger Waters’ Quest to Release a Jailed Kurdish Musician

While Nûdem Durak sits in a Turkish prison, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Brian May and more have rallied to get the singer-songwriter a new trial

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January 20, 2022

Queen’s Brian May to make his acting debut in “anti-bullying” kids TV show

The guitarist will guest star in an episode of CBBC’s ‘Andy And The Band’ The post Queen’s Brian May to make his acting debut in “anti-bullying” kids TV show appeared first on NME.

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December 21, 2021

Brian May gives update on COVID battle: “The beast is still in my body”

He believes he caught the virus at a birthday party The post Brian May gives update on COVID battle: “The beast is still in my body” appeared first on NME.

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December 20, 2021

Queen’s Brian May Gives Update On COVID-19 Diagnosis: ‘The Battle Inside My Body Is Still in Progress’

May, who is triple vaxxed, said he likely picked up the virus at an unmasked birthday party last weekend.

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December 20, 2021

Crazy Little Thing Called Covid: Brian May Thanks Jab for Keeping Symptoms Mild After Positive Test

"I lost one of my very good friends to Covid early on, in six days it killed him,” guitarist said. “It could’ve done me the past six days, but it didn’t because of the jabs"

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December 19, 2021

Brian May catches COVID at birthday party: “I made a mistake”

"It seemed like a safe situation. You have your negative tests, so what could possibly go wrong?" The post Brian May catches COVID at birthday party: “I made a mistake” appeared first on NME.

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December 18, 2021

Queen’s Brian May Tests Positive for COVID-19: ‘The Shocking Day Finally Came’

"It has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK," May says.

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November 28, 2021

Queen’s Brian May Says His Words Were ‘Subtly Twisted’ to Suggest Unfriendliness Toward Trans People

The rocker gave more context to an interview where he responded to the Brit Awards removing separate male and female categories for solo prizes.

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November 28, 2021

Brian May says his words on gendered awards and trans community were “twisted” by journalist

May was criticised this week for slamming the BRIT Awards' removal of gendered awards, and saying Queen would have had to have a transgender member to be successful now The post Brian May says his words on gendered awards and trans community were “twisted” by journalist appeared first on NME.

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November 26, 2021

Queen’s Brian May Slams Brit Awards for Scrapping Gendered Categories

Brian May decried the removal of separate male and female categories for the solo artist prizes at the U.K.'s biggest music awards.

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November 25, 2021

Brian May criticises BRIT Awards’ “frightening” choice to scrap gendered awards

"I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences. Some of these things are an improvement, some of them are not" The post Brian May criticises BRIT Awards’ “frightening” choice to scrap gendered awards appeared first on NME.

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October 23, 2021

Queen’s Brian May makes surprise appearance at Roger Taylor solo show

"It's my brother from another mother!" Taylor told the London crowd The post Queen’s Brian May makes surprise appearance at Roger Taylor solo show appeared first on NME.

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October 3, 2021

Brian May started working on new Queen song but then “suddenly lost interest”

"It was pretty damn good, and I hope it comes to light" The post Brian May started working on new Queen song but then “suddenly lost interest” appeared first on NME.

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September 20, 2021

Queen’s Roger Taylor says he was “tempted to laugh” the first time he heard Freddie Mercury sing

The stickmans met Brian May and the late frontman in college The post Queen’s Roger Taylor says he was “tempted to laugh” the first time he heard Freddie Mercury sing appeared first on NME.

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September 14, 2021

Watch Brian May play guitar with his younger self in new video for ‘Back To The Light’

'Back To The Light' originally appeared on May's debut solo album of the same name, which turns 30 next year The post Watch Brian May play guitar with his younger self in new video for ‘Back To The Light’ appeared first on NME.

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September 13, 2021

Brian May Jams With 1992 Self in Trippy New Video

"I feel kind of affectionate looking back," May said. "Looking back at me 30 years ago, a young man with no idea of the incredible journey that was still to come”

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September 11, 2021

Queen’s Brian May says his next solo release could be an instrumental album

The guitarist said he has "enough ideas" and "lots of unfinished business" The post Queen’s Brian May says his next solo release could be an instrumental album appeared first on NME.

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September 1, 2021

Bassist Neil Murray on His Years with Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, and Brian May

The bassist spent decades playing alongside the biggest names in hard rock and metal, but was plagued the whole time by poor timing and bad luck

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August 10, 2021

Flashback: Brian May, Eric Clapton Play ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ With Joe Cocker

The two guitarists were good buddies before May called Clapton a "fruitcake" after his anti-vax views came to light

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August 9, 2021

Brian May Chides Eric Clapton’s Anti-Vax Stance as Delta Spreads

"Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes," said the Queen guitarist

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August 8, 2021

Queen’s Brian May Comments on Eric Clapton’s ‘Different Views,’ Calls Anti-Vaxxers ‘Fruitcakes’

Brian May shared some thoughts about Eric Clapton, who recently said he will not play any live shows that require attendees to show proof that they've received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Discs

Floating In Heaven

July 12, 2022

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Another World (Deluxe Edition)

April 22, 2022

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Another World

April 22, 2022

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Maybe Baby

April 14, 2022

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Planet Rock

February 18, 2022

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Forever And Ever With You Feat. Brian May and Kerry Ellis

November 26, 2021

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Who Wants to Live Forever (Ke Mang Ea Batlang Ho Phela Ka Ho Sa Feleng)

September 17, 2021

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Back To The Light (Deluxe)

August 6, 2021

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Too Much Love Will Kill You

July 29, 2021

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Panic Attack 2021 (It's Gonna Be Alright)

April 16, 2021

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I'm a Woman

October 23, 2020

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New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix)

January 1, 2019

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Golden Days

April 7, 2017

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Amazing Grace

April 29, 2016

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Roll with You

February 26, 2016

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One Voice

January 1, 2015

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Heartsong '93

April 2, 2014

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Acoustic by Candlelight (Live from the United Kingdom)

January 1, 2013

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Acoustic by Candlelight (Live on the Born Free Tour)

January 1, 2013

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Hamlet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

December 10, 1996

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