Brian May (19.07.47)
Brian May is an English singer/songwriter, best known for being the lead guitarist for the band, Queen.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth stated that Brian May had a net worth of 175 million USD.
Childhood: Brian May was born in Hampton, London, to Harold and Ruth May. He studied at Hampton Grammar School, where he earned ten GCE Ordinary Levels and three A-Levels in Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. He then went on to study Maths and Physics at Imperial College London, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Whilst he was studying at secondary school, May formed his first band, named 1984.
Career: In 1968, May and members of his old band, 1984, reformed into a new band called 'Smile'. He band only released six songs and officially disbanded in 1970 after only two years. Smile changed their name to 'Queen' after they gained two new members: John Deacon and Freddie Mercury. Queen were together from 1970 until Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. In 1983, May began working on a solo side project. The project became known as Star Fleet Project, and contained a contribution from Eddie Van Halen. May also helped with a solo album for the guitarist from Genesis, Steve Hackett. Following the death of Freddie Mercury, May devoted himself fully to finishing his album, 'Back to the Light' in 1993. In 1998, he released a follow-up album, 'Another World'. In 2004, the remaining members of Queen announced that they were going to begin touring again with Paul Rodgers as their lead singer. This lasted until 2009, when Queen and Paul Rodgers went their separate ways, once again, although they stated they were not ruling out another tour together. In 2011, the band began touring with Adam Lambert after he appeared on the eleventh series of American Idol.
Personal Life: In 1974, May married Chrissie Mullen and the couple had three children. After having an affair with Anita Dobson exposed in 1986, Chrissie and Brian separated in 1988. May then married Dobson in 2000.
Brian May and Anita Dobson - A host of celebrities were photographed as they arrived to the 2015 Olivier Awards which were held at the Royal Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015
Looks like we won’t be seeing Sacha playing Freddie anytime soon.
Well it was a good idea while it lasted, but it appears Sacha Baron Cohen will not be playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic after all, guitarist Brian May has confirmed. Queen’s long time manager Jim Beach was said to have announced Cohen’s involvement in the film on Thursday, while accepting an award at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy venue.
Sadly we will not get to see Sacha Baron Cohen sing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
According to the Daily Mail, Beach had told the audience “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”
The actor has rejoined the planned biopic after leaving in 2013.
Sacha Baron Cohen has been confirmed as playing Freddie Mercury in a upcoming Queen biopic, according to the band’s manager Jim Beach. Beach, who has managed the band since 1978, made the announcement on Thursday night at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy.
Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury.
Along with starring as the band’s iconic frontman, Cohen will reportedly also be producing, writing and directing the film, according to the Daily Mail.
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Queen and Adam Lambert have been on their world tour since June 2014, and after trotting the globe, the band are coming to the end of the European leg.
Queen are by far one of the most recognisable and celebrated bands of all time. Yet, after the tragic passing of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the two remaining members of band (Brian May and Roger Taylor) teamed up with American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert in 2011. But wait, there's more! Queen + Adam Lambert are currently part way through a world tour that they began back in June 2014.
Adam Lambert and Brian May perform at the Barclaycard Arena as part of Queen + Adam Lambert's 2015 European tour.
The band will be heading off for a European tour on 29th January, and making the rounds at Cologne's Lanxess Arena, Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, Vienna's Stadhalle, Munich's Olympiahalle, Belin and Hamburg's O2s, Frankfurt's Festhalle, Brussels' Palais 12, Milan's Forum, Stuttgart's Schleyerhalle, Herning's Jyske Bank Boxen, Prague's O2, Zurich's Hallenstadion and Krakow's Arena. Then the group are heading back to the UK in late February to perform at the Wembley SSE Arena, the Liverpool Echo Arena, before finishing off at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on 27th February, and have just finished a show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
The band have just revealed details of a new compilation entitled ‘Queen Forever’
Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie Mercury and the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May
‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’ was first written by Mercury during Queen’s Hot Space album sessions, but was never finished. Mercury later visited Jackson to record his vocals for the 1984 LP The Works, but the song was still left unfinished. It would later appear as a solo track on Mercury’s album Mr Bad Guy.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album
Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the United Center with a tour kick-off to remember.
Queen and Adam Lambert have managed to ace the nerve-wracking first night of their tour in North America, rocking Chicago's United Center to its foundations with a bombastic rock show to surpass all others. Combining theatrical flair with jaw-dropping vocal abilities, Queen's adopted singer, Adam Lambert proved his worth as the successor to Freddie Mercury once more.
A Stormingly Successful Opening Night Left Queen & Adam Lambert Fans Hungry For More.
"We've played to some of your mothers and fathers," guitarist Brian May remarked to the full-house crowd during last night's show. "And some of your grandchildren, I'm sure." Noughties Queen singer Paul Rodgers may have had the ability to pull of the power rock group's more challenging numbers, but it is Idol alum Lambert who truly embodies the spirit of the late flamboyant frontman.
Continue reading: Queen, Adam Lambert Blast Off With Bombastic Tour Opener
'Sunshine on Leith' director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury movie.
Director Dexter Fletcher has walked out on Sony's Freddy Mercury movie, meaning it's back to the drawing board for a project that has already suffered numerous setbacks. Fletcher, who landed the gig after his work on Sunshine on Leith, did not see eye-to-eye with GK Films' Graham King on the direction of the movie, according to Deadline.
Dexter Fletcher Has Left The Freddie Mercury Biopic
Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw is set to play Mercury, but the delay in finding Fletcher's replacement could have wider implications for the production schedule with Whishaw preparing to begin work on the new Bond movie with Sam Mendes.
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The Everly Brothers singer died aged 74 earlier this week
Phil Everly sadly passed away on Friday, 3 January, leaving the entertainment world in shock at the sudden and unexpected passing of one half of the music world's most celebrated and influential musical duos. Phil died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Centre in Burbank, California, earlier this week, with his death being confirmed via a hospital spokesperson.
Phil Everly: 1939 - 2014
The reason behind his death was initially witheld from the press, however his wife, Patti, told the Los Angeles Times that he died from complications owing to lung disease, blaming a lifetime of cigarette smoking on his death.
The bassist has refused to cash in on the death of Freddie Mercury since his passing and continues to do so, according to Brian May
Former Queen bassist John Deacon is apparently having nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the group's late singer Freddie Mercury as he continues to maintain his exile from the surviving group member's work under the Queen name. According to the group's guitarist Brian May, Deacon has given the script for the film his approval, but wants nothing more to do with the upcoming movie project, or the potential new Queen album rumoured to be in the works.
Mercury will be remembered in the upcoming biopic
"We kinda mourn for John as well as Freddie in a sense," May recently told Rolling Stone. "I do know John's read the script and he's in approval...[But] he just doesn't want to be walking those roads ... He's in his own space and we respect that. It's a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn't want to be in that arena anymore."
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The guitarist claims that the band have unearthed more unheard clips featuring Freddie Mercury than they had anticipated
Its been more than two decades since the passing of Freddie Mercury, but before his tragic passing, the powerful Queen vocalist may have spent more time in the recording booth than was initially anticipated. In addition to the recently unearthed duets with Michael Jackson, it turns out that Mercury also spent a good amount of solo time in the studio, as the treasure trove of recently unearthed demos suggests.
Mercury was prolific in the recording booth
Speaking with Mojo (via The Guardian) for their December/January issue, guitarist Brian May revealed that he and the rest of the band have been scanning their archives for any unused material featuring the late Mercury, telling the magazine that they might have hit the jackpot. Comparing the project to Queen's fifteenth and final studio album, Made In Heaven, which was released nearly four years after Mercury's death in November 1995, May stated that the newly found tracks are being polished off and prepared for release. He went on to say that the hunt proved more fruitful than was initially planned and that there may be enough material for a full-length release.
Continue reading: Brian May Teases Possible 'New' Queen Album After New Demos Are Found
The Queen guitarist continues to wage war on the UK badger cull with performance of 'Nothing Really Has Changed.'
In his latest move to protect Britain's badgers in the face of a potentially devastating cull, Queen guitarist Brian May has teamed up with singer and friend Kerry Ellis to raise funds to pay for tuberculosis vaccinations. May has been a long-time opponent of the badger cull, which was initiated to prevent the spread of bovine TB in farms.
Ellis & May Performed An Expressive Cover Of McKenna's Song To Raise Awareness Of The Plight Of The Badgers.
'Nothing Really Has Changed' is a version of Virginia McKenna's original and was performed by Ellis and May at the recent Montreux Jazz Festival as part of their 'Acoustic By Candlelight' tour. Brian introduced the new song with a message from his heart: "I'm going to show you a little video with this song just to remind you that we too have wild animals all around us perhaps need a little respect."
Continue reading: Brian May Invokes Power Of The Badger In Tear-Jerking Ballad [Listen]