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Few rock guitarists have a very playing design as instantly recognizable as Queen’s Brian Might. Along with his orchestrated acoustic guitar armies (multi-tracked acoustic guitar lines overdubbed together with one another) and immediately unforgettable, well-constructed melodic qualified prospects, May is within a class simply by himself. Created in Hampton, Middlesex, in July 1947, Might showed a pastime in music at an extremely early age group — understanding how to play the ukulele and piano before getting his first acoustic guitar as a present-day on his seventh birthday. Soon thereafter, May and his dad began to create a custom made acoustic guitar from scuff. Completed 2 yrs later on, the one-of-a-kind device would become referred to as the Crimson Special, a acoustic guitar that would later on become May’s sonic and visible brand throughout his profession. It wasn’t lengthy until May started to grab something or two from such well-known rock guitarists because the Shadows’ Hank Marvin, Elvis Presley’s sideman Scotty Moore, and Friend Holly. As students at secondary college, May shaped his 1st group, the instrumental music group 1984, experimenting London and also starting a 1967 display in the Olympia Theater for such soon-to-be big brands as Jimi Hendrix, Visitors, Green Floyd, and Tyrannosaurus Rex (afterwards T. Rex). After starting research at Imperial University (within the physics/infrared astronomy field) and developing weary of the musical direction, Might left 1984 within the springtime of 1968. During his university career, May installed with drummer Roger Taylor (via an advertisement positioned on a university noteboard) along with a fellow ex girlfriend or boyfriend-1984 member, bassist/vocalist Tim Staffell, developing the rock and roll trio Smile. Soon after graduating from university with an honors level in physics and mathematics, May concentrated full-time on music when Smile agreed upon to Mercury Information. Despite great guarantee, Smile only were able to issue a unitary (entitled “Globe”) and some unreleased paths before Staffell remaining the group. Nonetheless it was a pal of Staffell’s who offer his solutions because the group’s fresh vocalist — Freddie Mercury. Using the lineup modify came a fresh name, Queen, and a fresh musical path — heavy rock and roll blended with grand ballads along with a flamboyantly glam appear. After going right through several bassists, Queen discovered a long term member in John Deacon — producing a documenting agreement with EMI/Elektra along with a self-titled debut pursuing in 1973. With each successive launch (1974’s Queen II and Sheer CORONARY ATTACK), Queen’s musical path and stage display grew more powerful and popular, until these were among the world’s biggest works by the middle- to past due ’70s, because of such mega-hit albums as Evening on the Opera, A Trip to the Races, Information of the Globe, and Jazz. Unlike various other groups in which a one member supplied all of the songwriting, all of Queen’s associates had their very own songwriting credits similarly, with May composing a number of the group’s most identifiable strikes — “WE ARE GOING TO Rock and roll You,” “Unwanted fat Bottomed Young ladies,” “NOW I AM Right here,” and “Connect Your Mom Down,” amongst others. During a brief break in 1983, May released his first single discharge, the four-track EP Superstar Fleet Task (which highlighted an all-star ensemble support him — Eddie Truck Halen, REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer, and program bassist Phil Chen), and co-produced the debut documenting in the obscure rock outfit Large Pettin, entitled Lettin Loose. Around once, a precise duplicate of May’s Crimson Special acoustic guitar was released to the general public via the Guild acoustic guitar company, and could documented a video acoustic guitar lesson within the Celebrity Licks series. Queen would continue issuing strike albums and sold-out trips throughout the past due ’80s (because they experimented with an array of musical designs), until they truly became exclusively a “studio room band” throughout their old age, 1989’s The Wonder and 1991’s Innuendo (the reason behind this was held under wraps at that time, but it later on became known that it had been due to wellness factors — Mercury was identified as having Helps). With Mercury’s loss of life in 1991, Queen proceeded to go their separate methods, with May concentrating on a single career as well as other tasks (including hosting and playing in a 1991 Electric guitar Legends concert alongside Steve Vai and Joe Satriani). May’s initial full-length single album was preceded with the one “Powered by You,” which reached the very best Ten in Britain and was highlighted within a Ford car industrial — earning an Ivor Novello Prize for Greatest Theme from a Television/Radio Industrial. 1993 finally noticed the discharge of Back again to the Light, an record which was a sizeable strike in European countries, and resulted in May’s first solo tour (including associates Cozy Powell on drums, Neil Murray on bass, longtime Queen sideman Spike Edney on keyboards, Jamie Moses on electric guitar, plus support vocalists Shelley Preston and Cathy Porter). A calendar year later on, a live record from the tour, Live in the Brixton Academy, was released, mixing fresh single materials with Queen classics. It wasn’t until 1998 that could would issue an effective studio room follow-up, Another Globe. Furthermore to rock and roll music, May maintained his fascination with astronomy, and in 2006 he came back to his research in astrophysics, completing his doctoral thesis and making his PhD from Imperial University London in 2007. Could also has a enthusiastic fascination with 3-D pictures, and had written a A Town Lost and Found out, a report of T.R. Williams, a popular stereo photographer from the 1850s, and a publication on French Diableries. May in addition has tried his hands at penning primary music for films (the 1996 edition from the Travels of Pinocchio) along with a radio series (a BBC radio particular over the Amazing Spiderman), in addition to documenting the soundtrack for the Crimson and Gold Theater Company’s creation of Macbeth, that was staged at London’s Riverside Theater in the past due ’90s. In 2017 Might collaborated with Kerry Ellis for the very first time since their 2013 record Acoustic by Candlelight. Golden Times was an record of first compositions and cover variations, including a undertake Gary Moore’s “Parisienne Methods.” May’s contribution to rock and roll electric guitar continues to be great as his playing provides shown to be a huge impact on various other renowned rock and roll guitarists previous and present, including Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Ty Tabor (King’s X), Nuno Bettencourt (Intense), and Phil Collen (Def Leppard), to mention but several.

Quick Facts


Full Name Brian May
Height 1.88 m
Profession Guitarist, Singer, Author, Composer, Songwriter, Astrophysicist
Education University of London, Imperial College London, Hampton School
Nationality British
Spouse Anita Dobson, Chrissie Mullen
Children Emily Ruth May, Jimmy May, Louisa May
Parents Harold May, Ruth May
Awards Magic Radio Audience Award, Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Open/Tease
Music Groups Queen, Queen + Adam Lambert, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Smile
Music Songs Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Somebody to Love, I Want To Break Free, The Show Must Go On, Who Wants to Live Forever, Killer Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, Love of My Life, Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, Fat Bottomed Girls, I Want It All, I Was Born to Love You, Innuendo, A Kind Of Magic, Tie Your Mother Down, Friends Will Be Friends, Princes Of The Universe, You're My Best Friend, Hammer To Fall, It's a Hard Life, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Breakthru, I'm Going Slightly Mad, The Invisible Man, Spread Your Wings, Play The Game, Now I'm Here
Albums Back to the Light, Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl, Another World, Acoustic by Candlelight, Golden Days, News of the World, A Night at the Opera, Queen, Made in Heaven, Sheer Heart Attack, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Hot Space, Jazz, Furia, Innuendo, On Air, Queen II, Queen Rock Montreal, Live at Wembley '86, A Day at the Races, The Game, The Works, At the Beeb, Live Killers, Ultimate Queen, A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975, The Cosmos Rocks, Flash Gordon, Star Fleet Project, Greatest Hits, Queen Rocks, Red Special, Five Live, Queen Forever, The Platinum Collection, The Best of Queen, Absolute Greatest, Greatest Hits II, Classic Queen, Jewels, Queen 40, Live Magic, Queen Collection, Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Thirst (1979 film) original soundtrack recording, ROADGAMES (film): Original Soundtrack Recording
Nominations NME Award for Greatest Music Moment of the Year
Movies The Survivor, We Will Rock You, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Steel Dawn, The True Story of Eskimo Nell, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, Death Before Dishonor, Sky Pirates, Queen at Wembley, One Night in Hell, The Adventures of Pinocchio, 51 Degrees North, Harlequin, Nightmares, The Last Frontier, Greatest Video Hits 2, Furia, Greatest Video Hits 1, The Strat Pack, Jerry Lee Lewis & Friends, Joe, Race for the Yankee Zephyr, Queen: Rock Montreal & Live Aid, Mad Max Renegade, Queen: We Thank You All, Ian Hunter: Just Another Night: Live at Astoria, Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen: Bohemian Champions: Interviews, Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl
TV Shows The Sky at Night


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1 Met his second wife at a preview screening of Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986).
2 He has an Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number of 9, which ties him with Carl Sagan and is among the lowest on the planet.
3 Embarked on a world tour with Roger Taylor and 'Paul Rodgers (IV)' (as Queen + Paul Rodgers), including stops at the Meadowlands Arena and the Hollywood Bowl (marking the first time Queen has played in the U.S. since 1982). [March 2005]
4 Installed as the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, replacing Cherie Blair, QC (wife of ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair). [April 2008]
5 Queen + 'Paul Rodgers (IV)' led a surprise North American tour, starting on 3 March in Miami, FL, and ending 13 April in Vancouver, BC. This was the first tour Queen had taken in North America since the death of Freddie Mercury. [March 2006]
6 Apart from writing the classic Queen songs We Will Rock You, Flash, Hammer To Fall and The Show Must Go On, Brian also has a PhD in astrophysics and even has an asteroid named after him. He campaigns as an activist for animal protection. Furthermore, he recently did a five-year stint as the chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
7 Shouldn't be confused with Australian composer Brian May.
8 Queen was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
9 Is a vegetarian and a non-smoker.
10 Is the only person to guest feature on a Black Sabbath song, "When Death Calls", on The 1987 Album "Headless Cross".
11 Very close friends with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
12 Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
13 Enjoys the music of younger bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Muse.
14 Has a guitar solo in the song "Bad For Good" on the Meat Loaf album "Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose".
15 After more than 30 years lapsed since first starting doctoral studies, he earned his doctorate from Imperial College London in astrophysics after a successful thesis defense on August 23, 2007. The thesis is entitled, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud".
16 Attended the Genesis concert at Twickenham Stadium on 8th July 2007.
17 Submitted Astronomy Ph.D. dissertation for review and approval mid-2007. Upon approval, Ph.D. will be given May 2008.
18 Penned the hits Keep Yourself Alive, Thirty-Nine, Tie Your Mother Down, and Fat Bottomed Girls.
19 Resumed pursuit of PhD in Astronomy, updating research and data re: presentation of dissertation on motion of interstellar dust.
20 Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]
21 Queen won the 2005 Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.
22 His trademark Red Special guitar was constructed essentially from old junk. Among the components that make up the guitar are motorcycle valve springs, a knitting needle, mother-of-pearl buttons, and a discarded fireplace mantle.
23 Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux and Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.
24 He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to music.
25 He used to teach Mathematics at Stockwell Park Secondary School, in Stockwell, South West London.
26 Two of his riffs were voted into the Total Guitar Magazine poll of the 100 greatest riffs; "Tie Your Mother Down" was 84 and "One Vision" was 60 on the list. [June 2004]
27 Opened the Queen's Jubilee concert by playing "God Save The Queen" from the top of Buckingham Palace (2002).
28 As a member of Rock Against Repatriation, Brian collaborated with fellow star guitarists Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), Mike Rutherford (also of Genesis), Phil Manzanera (of Roxy Music), Steve Rothery (of Marillion) and many other rock stars for the charity single "Sailing". [1990]
29 Brian made a guest appearance playing with rock band Marillion at the Mungersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, West Germany. [July 1986]
30 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
31 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (as a member of Queen).
32 Attended Imperial College, London University where he completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in physics and mathematics. Commenced a Doctorate in astronomy, but dropped out to join Queen.
33 After much experimentation, he found the best guitar sound came from using an old English sixpence coin as a pick. These coins went out of circulation in the early 70s, and in 1992 he had the Royal Mint make up some more with his likeness on them.
34 Brian May and his ex-wife Chrissie have 3 children: James (aka Jimmy), born in 1978 Louisa, born in 1981 Emily, born in 1987
35 Left his wife Chrissie for British soap-actress star Anita Dobson.
36 Guitarist with the rock group Queen.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lorraine 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Trolls 2016 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Gintberg på kanten 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Aquarius 2016 writer: "Fat Bottomed Girls"
The Americans 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
International Test Series 2015 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Bang Theory TV Series music - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Oh Happy Day 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sedwitz 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland 83 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pixels 2015 writer: "We Will Rock You VonLichten"
Dolezal Backstage TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Under Pressure: Danika Fields' Swell 2015 Short writer: "Under Pressure" - as Brian Harold May
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2014-2015 TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
The Comeback TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Nation's Favourite Queen Song 2014 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "I Want It All", "One Vision", "The Show Must Go On", "Who Wants to Live Forever", "These Are the Days of Our Lives", "Under Pressure", "We Will Rock You", "Flash", "The Miracle"
One Night in Hell 2014 Short performer: "1812 Overture", "We Will Rock You" / writer: "We Will Rock You"
One Hit Wonderland 2012-2014 TV Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Heaven Is for Real 2014 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2014
Tu cara me suena 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eastbound & Down 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2009
Eyjafjallajökull 2013 writer: "Under Pressure"
Svédská trojka 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Despicable Me 2 2013 writer: "I Want It All" - uncredited
Smash 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2013 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Saturday Night Live 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Teen Mom 2 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Doremix 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music 2012 TV Movie performer: "We Will Rock You" - uncredited / writer: "We Will Rock You" - uncredited
June Brown: Respect Your Elders 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "We Will Rock You" - uncredited
Ted 2012 writer: "Flash's Theme", "The Hero"
Rage 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That's My Boy 2012 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Australia's Got Talent 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
La nouvelle Blanche-Neige 2011 TV Movie writer: "We will rock you" - as Brian Harold May
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Thank God It's Christmas"
Em dónes vida. El llibre i el disc de La Marató 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "No tinguis por"
Happy Feet Two 2011 writer: "Under Pressure"
Raising Hope 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
From the Sky Down 2011 Documentary writer: "We Will Rock You"
Real Steel 2011 writer: "'Till I Collapse"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2010-2011 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Madden NFL 12 2011 Video Game writer: "I Want It All"/"We Will Rock You"
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie 2011 Documentary writer: "Fat Bottomed Girls" - as Brian Harold May
Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 writer: "ICE ICE BABY"
So You Think You Can Dance 2007-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice 2011 TV Series writer: "We Will Rock You"
Fern 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sucker Punch 2011 writer: "I WANT IT ALL/WE WILL ROCK YOU MASH-UP" - as Brian Harold May
Tosh.0 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Show Jana Krause 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cleveland Show 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 writer: "Under Pressure"
Madden NFL 11 2010 Video Game writer: "We Will Rock You"
This Ain't Glee XXX 2010 Video writer: "Big Tushy Ho's" - uncredited
30 Is the New 12 2010 Short writer: "Fat Bottomed Girls"
20 to 1 2009-2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Live from Studio Five TV Series writer - 8 episodes, 2009 - 2010 performer - 2 episodes, 2010
Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games 2010 TV Mini-Series music: "Who Wants To Live Forever"
Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2009 Video Game writer: "I Want It All"
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko slovenská superstar 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
DJ Hero 2009 Video Game writer: "We Will Rock You" vs "Robot Rock"
L'affaire Farewell 2009 writer: "Under pressure", "We Will Rock You"
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
David Garrett Live in Berlin 2009 TV Movie writer: "Who Wants To Live Forever?"
Londres, París, Roma 3 2009 TV Movie writer: "Copa, Lliga i Champions"
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game writer: "Stone Cold Crazy"
CHIKARA: King of Trios 2009 - Night I 2009 Video writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
X Factor 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Observe and Report 2009 writer: "It's Late", "The Hero"
Cyprien 2009 writer: "Ice Ice Baby radio edit" - as May
World's Greatest Dad 2009/I writer: "Under Pressure"
Satsang 2009 TV Movie lyrics: "We Will Rock You" - uncredited / music: "We Will Rock You" - uncredited
Frag doch mal die Maus 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
South Park 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga 2008 TV Movie documentary writer: "Flash"
Step Brothers 2008 writer: "Ice Ice Baby", "Under Pressure"
60/90 TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2008 performer - 1 episode, 2008
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game writer: "One Vision" - as Queen
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Música des del cor 2007 TV Movie writer: "Who Wants to Live Forever", "Junts per sempre"
L'isola dei famosi 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Heartbreak Kid 2007 writer: "Under Pressure"
Banda sonora 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 writer: "Under Pressure"
Idool 2007 2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Ugly Betty 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Invisible 2007 writer: "Under Pressure"
Blades of Glory 2007 writer: "Flash's Theme"
The Alps 2007 Documentary writer: "Last Horizon", "Who Wants to Live Forever" - as Brian Harold May
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Penny Dreadful 2006 writer: "Stay Away TSP Remix"
Queen und Budapest - How We Won the East 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt", "Love of My Life" - uncredited / writer: "One Vision", "Hammer to Fall", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Save Me", "We Will Rock You" - uncredited
Australian Idol 2005-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Kurt Cobain About a Son 2006 Documentary writer: "It's Late"
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zoom 2006 writer: "Under Pressure"
Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection 2006 Video writer: "Who Wants to Live Forever"
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 2005 writer: "Under Pressure"
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Romanzo criminale 2005 writer: "Tie Your Mother Down"
Idol 2002-2005 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
The Pacifier 2005 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 2004 Video Game writer: "Under Pressure"
Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl 2004 Video documentary arranger: "God Save the Queen", "God Save the Queen" Stadthalle / writer: "Flash's Theme", "The Hero", "We Will Rock You Fast", "Now I'm Here", "Dragon Attack", "Now I'm Here Reprise", "Save Me", "Guitar Solo", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You", "Flash / The Hero" Seibu Stadium, "Now I'm Here" Seibu Stadium, "Put Out the Fire" Seibu Stadium, "Dragon Attack" Seibu Stadium, "Now I'm Here Reprise" Seibu Stadium, "Teo Torriatte" Seibu Stadium, "We Wil
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 writer: "We Will Rock You" - as Brian Harold May
13 Going on 30 2004 writer: "Ice Ice Baby" - as Brian Harold May
The Girl Next Door 2004 writer: "UNDER PRESSURE"
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Size Me 2004 Documentary writer: "Fat Bottomed Girls" - as Brian Harold May
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nouvelle Star 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 2003 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Idool 2003 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Recruit 2003 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Hunks 2003 Video documentary writer: "We Will Rock You"
Interaktiv 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "God Save The Queen", "Move It", "With A Little Help From My Friends" / writer: "We Will Rock You"
Queer as Folk 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 writer: "Under Pressure"
The Proud Family 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moulin Rouge! 2001 writer: "The Show Must Go On"
A Knight's Tale 2001 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Daddyfox 2000 TV Movie performer: "Let Me Out" / writer: "Let Me Out"
Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story 2000 TV Special documentary writer: "Doin' Alright"
The Replacements 2000 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Ready to Rumble 2000 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Queen's Greatest Flix III 1999 Video performer: "Driven by You" / writer: "Too Much Love Will Kill You", "Las palabras de amor The Words Of Love", "Driven by You", "No-One But You Only the Good Die Young", "Thank God It's Christmas"
Any Given Sunday 1999 writer: "WE WILL ROCK YOU"
Tuftsablanca 1999 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
The Simpsons 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sarah Brightman in Concert 1998 TV Movie writer: "Who Wants To Live Forever"
Stepmom 1998 writer: "Under Pressure"
Disturbing Behavior 1998 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1991-1998 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Queen Rocks 1998 Video writer: "Tie Your Mother Down", "It's Late", "Headlong", "Now I'm Here", "I Want It All", "Tear It Up", "One Vision", "We Will Rock You", "Hammer to Fall", "Keep Yourself Alive", "Stone Cold Crazy", "Put out the Fire", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "No-One But You Only The Good Die Young", "I Can't Live with You"
The Big One 1997 Documentary writer: "We Will Rock You" 1976
Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill - Live 1997 Video music: "We Will Rock You"
Queen: Made in Heaven 1997 Documentary writer: "Too Much Love Will Kill You", "Mother Love"
Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 writer: "Under Pressure"
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 lyrics: "What Are We Made Of", "Il Colosso" / music: "What Are We Made Of", "Il Colosso" / performer: "What Are We Made Of", "Il Colosso"
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special writer: "Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Married with Children 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Highlander 1992-1994 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 writer: "WE WILL ROCK YOU"
The Brit Awards 1994 1994 TV Special performer: "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Mario Bros. 1993 writer: "TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN"
The Mighty Ducks 1992 writer: "WE WILL ROCK YOU"
Encino Man 1992 lyrics: "Stone Cold Crazy", "Keep Yourself Alive" / music: "Stone Cold Crazy", "Keep Yourself Alive"
Gladiator 1992 writer: "We Will Rock You"
Alyas Boy Kano 1992 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Queen: Greatest Flix II 1991 Video writer: "Under Pressure", "I Want It All", "Innuendo", "Who Wants to Live Forever", "Headlong", "I'm Going Slightly Mad", "Hammer to Fall", "The Show Must Go On", "One Vision"
Deadly Currents 1991 Documentary writer: "I Want it All"
Trump: What's the Deal? 1991 Documentary writer: "I Want it All"
Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad 1991 Video short writer: "I'm Going Slightly Mad"
Manong Gang 1991 writer: "Ice Ice Baby"
Bloodmoon 1990 music: "BLOODMOON"
Cheers 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Queen: Rare Live - A Concert Through Time and Space 1989 Video writer: "Hammer to Fall", "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "Keep Yourself Alive"
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1988 Documentary performer: "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes", "With a Little Help from my Friends"
Queen Live at Wembley '86 1986 TV Movie documentary performer: "Brighton Rock Solo" / writer: "Tie Your Mother Down", "Tear It Up", "Who Wants To Live Forever", "Brighton Rock Solo", "Now I'm Here", "Is This The World We Created?", "Hammer To Fall", "We Will Rock You"
Highlander 1986 writer: "Who Wants To Live Forever", "Hammer To Fall", "Gimme the Prize Kurgan's Theme" - uncredited
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "We will Rock you", "Hammer to Fall", "Is this the World We Created?"
We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert 1982 Video documentary arranger: "God Save the Queen" / writer: "We Will Rock You", "Save Me", "Now I'm Here", "Dragon Attack", "Keep Yourself Alive", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You Reprise"
Queen's Greatest Flix 1981 Video writer: "We Will Rock You", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Save Me", "Flash"
Hepe Goes to War 1981 writer: "Flash's Theme" - uncredited
Ekkusu bonbâ 1980 TV Series "Star Fleet"
Flash Gordon 1980 producer: "Flash's Theme" / writer: "Flash's Theme", "Flash To The Rescue", "Battle Theme", "The Wedding March", "Marriage Of Dale And Ming And Flash Approaching", "Crash Dive On Mingo City", "Flash's Theme Reprise Victory Celebrations", "The Hero"
Top of the Pops 1978-1980 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
FM 1978 writer: "We Will Rock You"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bohemian Rhapsody music producer announced
51 Degrees North 2015 soundtrack by
The Alps 2007 Documentary musician: guitar
Fun at the Funeral Parlour 2001 TV Series composer: theme music
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 songs: music and lyrics by
Frank Stubbs Promotes 1993 TV Series theme music - 2 episodes
Pavarotti & Friends 1992 TV Special documentary composer: song "Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad 1991 Video short musician: electric guitar, slide guitar
Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam 1982 composer: "Flash Gordon" themes - uncredited
Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It! 1981 musician - as Queen
The Survivor 1981 conductor
Flash Gordon 1980 composer: additional music - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Night in Bohemia 2016
51 Degrees North 2015
One Night in Hell 2014 Short
The Stretch 2000 TV Movie
Furia 1999
Rise of the Robots 1994 Video Game
Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad 1991 Video short as Queen

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bohemian Rhapsody producer announced
A Night in Bohemia 2016 executive producer
One Night in Hell 2014 Short executive producer
Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl 2004 Video documentary executive producer
The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness 1992 TV Movie documentary producer
Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad 1991 Video short producer - as Queen

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Night in Bohemia 2016
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 Massed Peasant Chorus / Chamberlain (voice)
Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad 1991 Video short Penguin / Himself
The Champions 1980 TV Movie Queen
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 Video short Brian May

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heart-ache 1995 Short

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Dance with the Devil: The Legend of Cozy Powell 2016 Documentary filming Himself
The Peter Austin Noto Show 2016 TV Series Himself
Loose Women 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
BBC Music Awards 2015 2015 TV Movie Himself
The Ritchie Blackmore Story 2015 Documentary Himself
The Sky at Night 1999-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
This Week 2015 TV Series Himself
Question Time 2015 TV Series Himself
The Wright Stuff 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification 2014 TV Movie Himself
Die Helene Fischer Show 2014 TV Series Himself - performer (as Queen)
The X Factor 2009-2014 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself - Special Guest (as Queen)
The Nation's Favourite Queen Song 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Oh! You Pretty Things: The Story of British Music and Fashion 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Joy of the Guitar Riff 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Daily Mirror: The Pride of Britain Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One 2013 TV Movie Himself (as Queen)
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night Two 2013 TV Movie Himself (as Queen)
Sunday Brunch 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The British Animal Honours 2013 TV Movie Himself
South at Six 2013 TV Series Himself
Stargazing Live 2013 TV Series Himself
Stargazing Live: Back to Earth 2013 TV Series Himself
Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster, Eccentric 2012 TV Movie Himself (as Dr Brian May)
Hello Quo 2012 Documentary Himself
The Great Pretender 2012 Video documentary Himself
London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Imagine 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Evening Urgant 2012 TV Series Himself
The Royal History of Pop 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Foxes Live: Wild in the City 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
American Idol 2012 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The BRIT Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Diamond Queen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guitarist, 'Queen'
The Story of Musicals 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself - Recipient
Strictly Come Dancing 2011 TV Series Himself - Audience Member
Late Review 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
2011 MTV Video Music Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Performer
Queen: Days of Our Lives 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musician and Producer
Fern 2011 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern 2011 Documentary Himself
Life4You 2010 TV Series Himself
The Michael Ball Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Channel 4 News 2010 TV Series Himself
The Book Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert 2009 Documentary Himself (guitar)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up 2009 Video Himself
Pop Galerie Reloaded 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 2008 2008 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Caiga quien caiga - CQC 2008 TV Series Himself
46664: A Concert for Nelson Mandela 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Happy Hour 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2008 TV Series Himself
Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid 2007 Video Himself
Canadian Idol 2007 TV Series Himself - Mentor
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Foo Fighters: Hyde Park 2006 Video Himself - Guest
Queen und Budapest - How We Won the East 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sunday Programme 2006 TV Series Himself
Queen: Die Show 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Queen at 80 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Air Guitar Nation 2006 Documentary Himself
The Astronomical Patrick Moore 2006 Video Himself
The Strat Pack 2005 Video Himself
Classic Albums 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Loops! 2005 TV Series Himself
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Return of the Champions 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Live Aid Remembered 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Big Brother's Efourum 2005 TV Series Himself
Caiga quien caiga 2005 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief 2005: Is This the Way to Amarillo 2005 Video short Himself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 2005 TV Special Himself
The Brits Backstage 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter 'Best British Rock Act'
Wetten, dass..? 2004 TV Series Himself
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Zu & Co Live at Royal Albert Hall 2004 Video Himself
The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself - Introducer: Outstanding New Talent
Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl 2004 Video documentary Himself - Guitar, Vocals & Piano (as Queen)
Becoming Queen 2004 Video documentary Himself
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ultimate Pop Star 2004 TV Movie Himself
Queen: Greatest Video Hits 2 2003 Video documentary Himself (as Queen)
The Jubilee Girl 2002 TV Movie Himself - Interviewee
Queen: Greatest Video Hits 1 2002 Video documentary Himself (as Queen)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2002 TV Series Himself
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer (as Queen)
Killer Queen! 2002 Himself
Parkinson 2002 TV Series Himself
Lemmy 2002 Documentary Himself
Motörhead - 25 & Alive: Boneshaker 2001 Video documentary Himself
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Member, Queen
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael 1999 Video documentary Himself (segment "Somebody To Love") (as Queen)
Queen: Greatest Flix I & II 1998 Video Himself
Alas Smith & Jones 1998 TV Series Himself
Música sí 1998 TV Series Himself
Gute Nacht, Gottschalk 1998 TV Movie Himself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1992-1997 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Lead Guitarist with Queen
Very Important Pennis 1997 TV Series Himself
The Sunday Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Queen: Champions of the World 1995 Documentary Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Queen Phenomenon 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Brit Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Himself - Performer
Chameleon of Pop: David Bowie Story 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pop Goes Summer 1993 TV Short Himself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pavarotti & Friends 1992 TV Special documentary Himself - Guest Performer
De tú a tú 1992 TV Series
Classic Queen 1992 Video documentary Himself (as Queen)
Queen's Greatest Hits 1992 Video documentary Himself (as Queen)
MTV Video Music Awards 1992 1992 TV Special Himself
Queen Live in Japan 1992 Video documentary Himself
Brit Awards 1992 1992 TV Special Himself
Queen: Greatest Flix II 1991 Video Himself
Leyendas de la guitarra 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cue the Music 1991 TV Series Himself (1994)
Queen: The Days of Our Lives 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Queen)
Guitar 1991 Video documentary Brian May
Cilla's Goodbye to the '80s 1989 TV Movie Himself
Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends 1989 Video documentary Himself
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 3 1989 Video Himself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1988 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume One - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Three - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Two - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Varázslat - Queen Budapesten 1987 Documentary Himself
Queen Live at Wembley '86 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Queen)
Queen Live in Rio 1986 Documentary Himself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala: 10th Birthday 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
Greenpeace Non-toxic Video Hits 1985 Himself
We Are the Champions 1985 Documentary Himself
Breakfast Time 1985 TV Series Himself
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (as Queen)
Red Hot Rock 1984 Video Himself (Queen guitarist) (as Queen)
Saturday Starship 1984 TV Series Himself
The Tube 1983 TV Series Himself
We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert 1982 Video documentary Himself
Queen's Greatest Flix 1981 Video Himself
Queen Special 1981 TV Movie Himself - Musician (as Queen)
Love of My Life 1979 TV Mini-Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1974-1977 TV Series Himself
Live at the Rainbow 1975 Video Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

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Lorraine 2016 TV Series Himself
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
We are the Champions- 40 Jahre Queen 2013 Documentary Himself
Tamori kurabu 2012 TV Series Himself
The Story of the Guitar 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
60/90 2008 TV Series Himself
Música des del cor 2007 TV Movie Himself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Legenden 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Richard & Judy 2005 TV Series Himself
Queen Mania 2005 TV Movie Himself
Queen's Greatest Flix III 1999 Video Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1998 TV Series Himself
Queen Rocks 1998 Video Himself
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose 1992 TV Movie Himself
Queen: Rare Live - A Concert Through Time and Space 1989 Video Himself
¡Qué noche la de aquel año! 1987 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Moulin Rouge! (2001) · John Deacon (music and lyrics by)
· Freddie Mercury (music and lyrics by)
· Roger Taylor (music and lyrics by)
· Nicole Kidman (performed by)
· Jim Broadbent (performed by)
· Anthony Weigh (performed by)
1981 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music BAFTA Awards Flash Gordon (1980) · John Deacon
· Freddie Mercury
· Roger Taylor
· Howard Blake


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1 I have learned from my time inside Parliament lobbying on animal welfare that it is still hard for MPs to go against their own leadership's plans, even when it is a free vote.
2 [on whether rock music had stopped being rebellious and become the establishment] The barriers got broken down, I think, and the distinctions got blurred. And I think it's a very good thing. Music is music and rock music will always be there now as not necessarily the expression of the young but the expression of people who feel that they want to express their passions directly and communicate.
3 [on Freddie Mercury's battle with AIDS] We didn't know actually what was wrong for a very long time. We never talked about it and it was a sort of unwritten law that we didn't, because Freddie didn't want to. He just told us that he wasn't up to doing tours, and that's as far as it went. Gradually, I suppose in the last year and a bit, it became obvious what the problem was, or at least fairly obvious. We didn't know for sure.
4 [on touring with his band Queen] When the question comes up, 'Do you wanna tour again?', you think, 'Ah, my God. I have my life. It's fairly peaceful. I have everything that I need. I wanna be with my family' etc. etc. But the call of the wild is there and you think, 'Okay, this is actually what we do. We do play music. We go out. We take risks. We play without a safety net.'
5 [on Queen's show-stealing performance at Live Aid (1985)] I took Bob Geldof at his word. He said to me: "You're the biggest band in the world. We need you on the bill because we need to sell this thing worldwide. It's a global jukebox so just go out there and play the fuckin' hits." So all we did was go out there and give people what they wanted to hear. Compared to most of the other acts, we had the advantage because we were used to playing football stadiums all around the world.
6 [on the death of Michael Jackson] I think the world is a more colorful place thanks to Michael's work ... he was a truly wonderful performer at his peak. I think he qualifies as a great artist; he devoted his whole body and soul to his art. I only hope he passed away in happiness, in great hopes and anticipation of his glorious comeback tour. RIP Michael.
7 This [51 Degrees North (2015)] is a very different kind of disaster movie. No Bruce Willis here, to save life on Earth from extinction. Just humans searching for a way to live their last moments, and look for a way of saving ..... something. This is a movie to change perspectives - and now that we realise the high probability of such a strike from space, it is a timely warning indeed. I was inspired by the rushes, and honoured to be asked to contribute music for the film. We did the organic way ... all of the pieces were played completely live to the final cut of the film.
8 [on the death of Phil Everly] I feel like a huge piece of my youth just melted away. I loved, loved those guys, and still do. From The Everly Brothers, I learned to play rhythm guitar - a lot of people don't have that experience these days, and I learned every note of both parts they sang.
9 [on Sacha Baron Cohen's departure from the Freddie Mercury movie] Sacha's presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he's made The Dictator (2012), Les Misérables (2012) and Hugo (2011) in which he makes outstanding performances, but they're very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief - the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn't that could really happen with Sacha. That's not any criticism of his talent whatsoever.
10 [on the possibility of a new Queen album featuring Freddie Mercury vocals] We thought we'd exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on, but since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we'd just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson. Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn't be just working on bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be.
11 [on AIDS following the death of Mercury] There shouldn't be from this point - or not from any point - any stigma to having this disease. It's nothing to do with "somebody did something wrong, he's being punished". That's got to go, it has to go.
12 [on global success with Queen] I do get up some mornings and think: "God, how did that happen?". Because we were just boys - and it doesn't seem that long ago - with dreams and big ideas that we could do something that no one's ever done before, and sort of go out and conquer the world. And somehow, it happened. Everywhere I go, from Mongolia to Timbuktu, people know the songs. It's incredible. I feel very, very fortunate. It is like some kind of dream, really.
13 [on The Voice UK (2012)] Every time I catch a glimpse of young singers busting their guts trying to win somebody's attention, who is rudely sitting with their back to the singer...I feel sick. It brings singing down to the level of a stupid obstacle course on It's a Knockout (1966). This is not - NOT - what music is about.
14 I despise the Lottery. There's less chance of you becoming a millionaire than there is of getting hit on the head by a passing asteroid.
15 [on Freddie Mercury] I think one of the results of his life can be that people have a different attitude to people being gay. Here's a guy who was strong, who was incredibly talented, quite magnificent in every way you can thing of, and he was gay and was quite public about it. So I don't think anyone can ever quite feel the same about that any more - and it's time, God knows.
16 [on the NME, a British music magazine which frequently criticised Queen] The NME is a rather grubby little English pop music paper which makes a kind of schoolboy attempt at political commentary - really a wannabee version of the American publication 'Rolling Stone', which has similar pretensions - not a great place to learn about the big world out there!
17 [on George Harrison] I hold George in such reverence and I think he's so underrated by the guitar community; everyone raves about people who play fast, but if you look at the catalogue of stuff he's produced, it's colossal.
18 I'll never forget the first time Roger and I jammed together because, after we'd set up our gear, he started this very delicate operation of tuning his drums. I was really shocked - I'd never seen anyone do that before... All of the drummers I'd worked with previously just hit the things! It was like Roger was making his drums talk though, and I watched - fascinated - as he smoothly transitioned from tuning into playing these beautifully controlled little press rolls on his snare. Again, so different to the bashers I was used to!
19 When I started playing a riff, Roger just joined in, and something immediately happened musically...I'd never encountered a drummer who had the ability to sound so broad and big before - he was like an orchestra - and my guitar sound, which is also very broad, coupled with the spectrum of his drums, just gelled and we sounded complete.
20 Plenty of people can play the drums, but to be able to play truly sympathetically to the song is a real talent, and one that Roger definitely has. He's a very musical drummer and has great skill on his cymbals, too. And, of course, he's so much more than just a drummer, because as his songwriting developed he also became a major force in creating material for the band.
21 Roger (Roger Taylor) and I are like brothers - there is a real mutual respect and love between us - and it's just amazing that the music we made with Queen has spanned the generations. We go off and do our own projects, but it's wonderful when we get back in a room and play together, and we are always surprised to discover that - even after all of this time - the old magic is still there!
22 At one point, I was really very suicidal. At such moments, it's only the fact that I've got kids that stops me from driving off bridges.
23 When I'm gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures. That would be something to be proud of.
24 I am dedicated to the welfare of animals. These days I spend more time campaigning for animal rights than I do on music. My biggest difficulty is trying to juggle everything in my life. Time is a big problem. My family comes first, and then my devotion to helping animals. I love making music, but I no longer have much time to do that.
25 [on the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury] Its not a day I celebrate. One of the grimmest memories of my life But I will be playing some guitar today, too, quite privately.
26 [on the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991] The band finished, so there was a terrible feeling of loss - the band was my family. We lost Freddie and my dad died at almost the same time. I didn't want to live. I'd lost myself completely. I coasted along and got by somehow, but I couldn't get myself into gear. So I had to go into this place where I was isolated and removed from my life. Gradually, the suicidal feelings went away.
27 [on Freddie Mercury] He gave people proof that a man could achieve his dreams - made them feel that through him they were overcoming their own shyness, and becoming the powerful figure of their ambitions. And he lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.
28 [on Phil Collins] Phil's a great guy and an amazing drummer - he played with Roger and I at the Buckingham Palace gig. Plus in life, it doesn't really matter what people say about you - Phil can't please everyone. As Queen, we certainly know that.
29 [speakin in 2010] I'm a person who's voted Conservative most of my life, but when I realised in the run up to the election that David Cameron was sympathetic to and supported by a group of people in the community who abuse animals, I became very upset.
30 [on staying in the rock business] Keep your hair and don't get fat.
31 [on the all-female nude bicycle race that Queen organized to promote their "Bicycle Race" single] At the time, it seemed alright to have a bunch of girls riding bicycles without any clothes on. I don't know if I would make the same decision now. Probably not.
32 I think it's essential that you have things that you get into apart from music. You have to maintain your balance.
33 [on how he got the idea to write the classic Queen song "We Will Rock You"] {Queen] played a gig at Bingley Hall near Birmingham. It was a popular venue at the time. It was a big sweaty barn and that night it was packed with a particularly vocal crowd. They were definitely drowning us out with their enthusiasm. I remember that even after we left the stage they didn't stop singing - loudly. They sang "You'll Never Walk Alone," which is very emotional. Quite a choking thing really. I certainly found it inspirational. Later that night back at our hotel I said to the others, "That was great. So what should we do to continue generating that kind of energetic response?" I woke up with the "We Will Rock You" lyrics in my head and had it written in about 10 minutes.
34 I regard Planet Rock as rather more than just a radio station - it is a symbol of free radio ... radio which is not run by large corporate organisations for the purpose of making tons of money, and has a free choice of what it plays.
35 We were kind of disciples of Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix) and The Beatles, particularly the way they used studios almost like an instrument, but obviously we had more technology than they had had, so we could push things a lot further.
36 [Speaking in 1993 about his reluctance to perform again as Queen] In my mind, it just seems like there cannot be a Queen without Freddie (Freddie Mercury) and we should probably rather not pretend that there could be.
37 I'm the world's biggest Led Zeppelin fan. The music, the way they conducted themselves, their whole management structure - they were the blueprint. Queen always used to play The Immigrant Song in sound-checks just for the glory of the sound.
38 I'm feeling rather joyful. I cannot tell you how much of a weight off the mind it is. - after his assessors approved of his thesis and he passed an oral exam.
39 Sorry, TV just makes me feel ill. Except the good stuff that gets imported, with great scripts, great lighting, great camera angles, innovative effects, and fabulous editing. And the Simpsons. What has happened to us?
40 [Speaking in 2003] I do think that maybe now people are looking at more depth to what we did. Yes, we were pretty flashy and we were pretty loud and at moments we seemed very outrageous, but there was a lot of honest craftsmanship that went on behind that.
41 I'm a much better musician than astronomer. I think the world got the right choice.
42 I don't think anyone has epitomised riff writing better than Jimmy Page - he's one of the great brains of rock music.
43 I've never been fashionable and I never will.
44 I wanted to do an album on [paradoxes]. The band told me I was a pretentious fart. They were right.

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1 Vox AC30 guitar amplifiers
2 Innovative multi-tracked guitar solos
3 Guitar riffs
4 His guitar "The Red Special" which he built
5 His curly hair
6 Plays his guitar (the Red Special) with a sixpence coin

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