Brian May

Brian-May
Birth Name Brian Harold May
Born 19 July 1947 (age 72) Hampton, London, England
Age 70
Genres Hard rock, boogie rock, blues rock, blues
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Smile, Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Robbie Williams Queen +
Adam Lambert, Kerry Ellis

Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include “We Will Rock You”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “I Want It All”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Flash”, “Hammer to Fall”, “Save Me”, “Who Wants to Live Forever” and “The Show Must Go On”.

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Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
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Queen - Greatest Hits
Queen - Greatest Hits
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Too Much Love Will Kill You
Too Much Love Will Kill You

Brian 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 1970 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 mid-1970s until the early 1990s, 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 1985. As a member of Queen, Brian May became regarded as a virtuoso musician and he was identified with a distinctive sound created through his layered guitar work, often using a home-built electric guitar called the Red Special.

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.

Top 3 Brian May Recordings

How To Play Guitar Like Brian May

Queen: The Complete Illustrated Lyrics

In 2011, the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Queen – one of the most innovative, glamorous, and influential bands in history.In this, writer included a complete discography, pairing each song to the album on which it was originally released. Designed by the band's longtime creative director, Richard Gray

Queen: Album by Album

Formed in 1970, Queen went on to become one of the most popular—and most successful—rock bands of all time. In this new installment in Voyageur Press’s Album by Album series, rock journo Martin Popoff convenes a cast of 19 Queen experts and superfans to discuss all 15 of the band’s studio albums (including their soundtrack for the 1980 film Flash Gordon).