Sign in. Brian May is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential, innovative, technically gifted and recognisable guitarists in the history of rock. He is also a prolific songwriter, responsible for writing or co-writing many international hits with Queen. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School in London. As a child, May built his own guitar with his father, partly out of an old fireplace. Unusually, the guitar was designed to feedback.
Queen's Brian May praises Adam Lambert, saying he can "do more" than Freddie Mercury
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He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. May was a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor , having previously performed with Taylor in the band Smile , which he had joined while he was at university. Within five years of their formation in and the recruitment of bass player John Deacon completing the lineup, Queen had become 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 mids until the early s, Queen were an almost constant presence in the UK charts and played some of the biggest venues in the world, most notably giving an acclaimed performance at Live Aid in
Brian May exclusive interview: Queen, debauchery and Freddie Mercury
The Queen guitarist hit out after watching the biopic while travelling with the airline on a trip to Zanzibar, the east African island where Freddie was born. The Queen guitarist hit out after watching the biopic on the in-flight entertainment of an Oman Air flight. By Tom Bryant Head of Showbiz.
Adam Lambert's ability to be openly queer while performing songs like "Killer Queen" is also a beautiful tribute to Freddie Mercury's memory. A few songs into a set at the packed Forum in Los Angeles in mid-July, Adam Lambert — sparkling from the glitter in his pompadour and specks that have fallen to his face and black-and-gold suit — takes a moment to address the audience. Bearing witness to Lambert, an out gay man, belt songs that Mercury — a queer man in a time when being out was often a career-killer — made famous, while throngs of people from across ages, races, and sexual and gender identities is proof of the power of Mercury and Queen to cut across difference. Lambert, now 36, landed on American Idol 10 years ago when he auditioned with "Bohemian Rhapsody," and he previously toured with May and Taylor as their front man. He poses, vamps, and stretches backward supine and open on the vehicle in a moment that feels like a pure celebration of his gay identity.