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Brian May
Brian May (with Red Special guitar) from a 2005 performance in Frankfurt, Germany.
Brian May (with Red Special guitar) from a 2005 performance in Frankfurt, Germany.
Background information
Birth name Brian Harold May
Born 19 July 1947 (1947-07-19) (age 60) Hampton, Middlesex, England
Genre(s) Hard rock, Heavy metal, Glam rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Astrophysicist
Instrument(s) Guitar, Banjolele, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Smile, 1984 Freddie Mercury
Website brianmay.com
Notable instrument(s)
Red Special

Brian Harold May CBE (born July 19, 1947) is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the lead guitarist in the rock band Queen. With his father, he built his own guitar from a mantelpiece. He called it the "Red Special".He wrote some of Queen's most famous songs and biggest hits, including "We Will Rock You", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Tie Your Mother Down", "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "I Want It All". Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Brian May is a noted Australian film composer. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (870x764, 207 KB) Brian May @ Queen + Paul Rodgers live in Frankfurt, Germany in 2005 Recorded by Thomas Steffan File links The following pages link to this file: Brian May Talk:Brian May ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... An astrophysicist is a person whose profession is astrophysics. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The banjolele (brand name; sometimes banjo ukulele or banjo uke) is a four-stringed musical instrument with a banjo-type body and a neck with sixteen frets (shorter than a banjo, but longer than a ukulele). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. ... Smile were a London-based rock band best known as the predecessor to renowned rock band Queen. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... An astrophysicist is a person whose profession is astrophysics. ... This article is about the genre. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fat Bottomed Girls ( ) is a hit single by the English rock band Queen. ... Tie Your Mother Down ( ) is a Queen song, written by guitarist Brian May, which features one of rock musics most recognizable guitar riffs. ... Who Wants to Live Forever is a song by the English rock band Queen. ... I Want It All is a song by the English rock band Queen. ...


May has had a long-term interest in astrophysics, and has recently completed his doctoral thesis in the subject.[1][2][3] For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ...


May was ranked as the 39th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine[4] This article is about the music magazine. ...

Contents

Biography

May was born in Hampton, in Richmond, and attended Hampton Grammar School (now Hampton School). , Hampton is a place in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ... Richmond is a suburb and the principal settlement of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London, England. ... Hampton School is a prestigious public school for boys, located in Hampton, London, England. ...


May is known for being rather quiet and reserved at parties.[citation needed] He has stated in interviews that he suffered from depression in the late 1980s, even to the point of contemplating suicide,[5] and that drug use would have worsened any problems he faced. At the time, during the recording sessions of the Queen album The Miracle, he was splitting up with his wife Chrissy, his father died, and as a result of Freddie Mercury's illness, Queen retired from touring. On the Threshold of Eternity. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... The Miracle is a 1989 album by English rock band Queen. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ...


May's father Harold had been a long-time cigarette-smoker, and this likely contributed to his early death. As a result, May dislikes smoking, even to the point where he specifically prohibits smoking indoors at his more recent concerts. Unlit filtered cigarettes. ...


His avoidance of alcohol can be traced to an early concert where Queen played with the band Aerosmith, and May had a conversation with fellow guitarist Joe Perry backstage. Perry brought out a bottle of whisky, which the two drank between themselves. May felt so unpleasant during the concert that he promised himself that he would never have more than one drink before playing.[citation needed] This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... For other uses, see Whisky (disambiguation). ...


May married actress Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts in EastEnders, on November 18, 2000. He has three children: James (Jimmy) (1978), Louisa (1981), and Emily Ruth (1987) from his first marriage to Chrissy Mullens. May lives in West End, Surrey (as of 12 October 2006 - Woking News and Mail). Anita Dobson (born April 29, 1949 in Stepney, London) is an English television actress. ... Angela Angie Watts (née Shaw) was a fictional character on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ... EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985[4] and continuing to date. ... West End is a village in the county of Surrey. ... This article is about the English county. ...


As a musician

Brian May tapping.
Brian May tapping.

Brian May is described as a virtuoso guitarist by some music critics.[6][7][8][9] He has used a range of guitars, most often the "Red Special," which he designed with his father, Harold May, and built with wood from a 19th century fireplace. His comments on this instrument, from Queen In Their Own Words (ed. Mick St. Michael, Omnibus Press, 1992, p. 62) are: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 456 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (507 × 666 pixel, file size: 98 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Brian May live in Cologne, Germany 1998 Recorded by Andreas Streng File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 456 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (507 × 666 pixel, file size: 98 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Brian May live in Cologne, Germany 1998 Recorded by Andreas Streng File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... This article is about the music technique. ... For other uses, see Virtuoso (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

I like a big neck – thick, flat and wide. I lacquered the fingerboard with Rustin's Plastic Coating. The tremolo is interesting in that the arm's made from an old bicycle saddle bag carrier, the knob at the end's off a knitting needle and the springs are valve springs from an old motorbike.

In addition to using his home-made guitar he prefers to use coins (especially a sixpence), instead of a more traditional plastic plectrum, on the basis that their rigidity gives him more control in playing. He is known to carry coins in his pockets specifically for this purpose. Obverses of the 1787 and 1818 sixpence depicting George III. The sixpence, known colloquially as the tanner, was a British pre-decimal coin, worth, as the name indicates, six pence. ... Various guitar picks A plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument. ...


May's early heroes were Cliff Richard and The Shadows, who he says were "the most metallic thing out at the time." Many years later he gained his opportunity to play on separate occasions with both Cliff Richard and Shadows lead guitarist Hank Marvin. He has collaborated with Cliff Richard on a re-recording of the Cliff Richard and The Shadows (then known as The Drifters) 1958 hit "Move It" on the Cliff Richard duets album Two's Company which was released on 6 November 2006. Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Brian Robson Rankin (born 28 October 1941), known by the stage name Hank B. Marvin, is an English guitarist, lead guitarist for The Shadows. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Jan. ... Move it was the first hit single by British pop/rock music legend Cliff Richard. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


May was proud upon hearing that Cliff Richard had mentioned in an interview that he would have Brian May in his personal fantasy band.[citation needed] As well as recording with Hank Marvin, May also contributed to the 1996 album Twang!: A Tribute to Hank Marvin & the Shadows, playing FBI. The album featured many other renowned guitarists.


In Queen's three-part vocal harmonies, his was generally the lower-range backing vocal. On some of his songs he sings the lead vocal, most notably the first verse of Who Wants to Live Forever, and also "Some Day One Day," "All Dead, All Dead," "Long Away," "Leaving Home Ain't Easy," "Good Company," "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" and "'39." Who Wants to Live Forever is a song by the English rock band Queen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jazz is a 1978 album by English rock band Queen. ... Good Company is the tenth song from the Queen album A Night At The Opera. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 39 is a song by English guitarist Brian May and first recorded by his band Queen for their album A Night at the Opera in 1975. ...


On October 22, 2000, Brian May made a guest appearance at the Motörhead 25th Anniversary show at Brixton Academy along with Eddie Clark (former Motörhead guitarist) for the encore song Bomber. This article is about the band. ... Brixton Academy The Brixton Academy is a large music venue in Brixton, South London with a capacity of 4,921. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Bomber (disambiguation). ...


Throughout recent years, he has overseen the remastering of Queen albums and various DVD and Greatest Hits releases. In 2004, he announced that he and drummer Roger Taylor were going on tour for the first time in 18 years as "Queen", along with Free/Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. Billed as "Queen + Paul Rodgers", the band has played throughout 2005 and 2006 in South Africa, Europe, Aruba, Japan, and North America. Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul... Bad Company were an English hard rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... This article is about the musician. ... The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. ...


In the Queen's birthday honours list of 2005, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to the music industry". Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...


During the time in which Brian May and his father were building the Red Special, May also produced plans to build a second guitar. However, so successful was the Red Special, that May simply had no need to build another guitar. These plans were eventually given to guitar luthier Andrew Guyton in around 2004/05, some slight modifications were made and the guitar was built. It was named "The Spade", as the shape of the body resembled the form shown on playing cards. However the guitar also came to be known as "The Guitar That Time Forgot". As yet, this guitar has not been used in any recordings and remains in May's possession. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... An engravers impression of Antonio Stradivari examining an instrument. ...


Highlights

Brian May performing live with Queen in Hannover, Germany, 1979.
Brian May performing live with Queen in Hannover, Germany, 1979.

Brian May began composing in 1968/1969, and has covered a wide variety of styles during his career. Through the years he has collaborated with other songwriters, including Frank Musker, with whom he wrote "Too Much Love Will Kill You", and with Elizabeth Lamers, whose music won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically in 1996. A meticulous arranger, he focuses on multi-part harmonies, often more contrapuntal than parallel — a rarity for rock guitar. Examples are found in Queen's albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races, where he arranged a jazz band for guitar mini-orchestra ("Good Company"), a vocal canon ("The Prophet's Song") and guitar and vocal counterpoints ("Teo Torriatte"). Map of Germany showing Hanover Hanover (in German: Hannover [haˈnoːfɐ]), on the river Leine, is the capital of the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. ... Frank Musker Frank Musker is a songwriter and composer. ... Too Much Love Will Kill You is a song written by Queen guitarist Brian May, Frank Musker, and Elizabeth Lamers. ... The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards awarded for songwriting and composing. ... For other uses, see Counterpoint (disambiguation). ... Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) is a song from the 1976 Queen album A Day at the Races and is written by guitarist Brian May. ...


May explored a wide variety of styles in guitar, including sweep picking ("Was It All Worth It"), tapping ("Bijou","It's Late","Resurrection", "Cyborg"), Hendrix sounding licks ("Liar", "Brighton Rock") and melodic parts ("Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "These Are the Days of Our Lives"). Some of his solos and orchestral parts were composed by Freddie Mercury, who then asked May to bring them to life ("Bicycle Race", "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon").[citation needed] May also performed notable acoustic works, including "Love of My Life" from 1975's A Night at the Opera, the fingerpicked solo of "White Queen", and the skiffle-influenced "'39". Sweep picking is a technique used on the guitar in which a sweeping motion of the pick is combined with a matching fret hand technique in order to produce a specific series of notes which are fast and fluid in sound. ... Was It All Worth It is a song from Queen album The Miracle. It was written and composed by Freddie Mercury and it is regarded as his musical legacy. ... This article is about the music technique. ... Innuendo is a 1991 album by English rock band Queen. ... Its Late is a song by the rock band Queen. ... Look up Resurrection in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Liar ( ) is the fifth track (first on side two) and, in some territories, second single of English rock band Queens first album, Queen. ... Brighton Rock is a song recorded and performed by English rock band Queen, and written by their guitarist Brian May. ...   is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. ... Killer Queen ( ) is a song by the British rock band Queen. ... These Are the Days of Our Lives is a song by the British rock band Queen. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... For the sport, see Bicycle racing. ... Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon is a song by the band Queen. ... Love of My Life is a ballad from the album A Night at the Opera by English rock band Queen. ... Emma Frost decked out in her Hellfire garb Emma Grace Frost, also known as the White Queen, is a comic book superheroine (and former supervillainess) in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Aided by the uniqueness of his guitar — the Red Special — May was often able to create strange and unusual sound effects. For example, he was able to imitate an orchestra in the song "Procession", in "Get Down, Make Love", he was able to create sound effects with his guitar that were so unusual that many thought a synthesizer was being used. In "Good Company" he used his guitar to mimic a trombone, a piccolo and several other instruments for the song's Dixieland jazz band feel. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Night at the Opera is a 1975 album by English rock band Queen. ...


May's abilities are not restricted to one instrument. During his Queen days he performed ukulele ("Good Company" and "Bring Back That Leroy Brown") and sometimes piano, detaching on a soft and gentle style[opinion needs balancing] ("All Dead, All Dead", "Save Me", "Dear Friends"). He also played part of the synthesizer intro to "One Vision". He recorded some other instruments (maracas, banjo, etc), including the harp on "Love of My Life", which was recorded in overdubs and mixed to sound as one performance. The ukulele (Hawaiian: , pronounced ; Anglicised pronunciation usually IPA: ), sometimes spelled ukelele (particularly in the UK) or uke, is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family of instruments, generally with four strings or four courses of strings. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... All Dead, All Dead is a song by the rock band Queen. ... Save Me is a song by English rock band Queen. ... Dear Friends is the name of a 1972 album by comedy group Firesign Theatre. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ...


May is also an accomplished singer. His wide vocal range went from notes around low A (110 Hz) to very high tenor Ds and Es (mostly in his solo career). Occasionally he contributed falsetto parts as well ("Ogre Battle", "Why Don't We Try Again"). From Queen's Queen II to Hot Space, May contributed lead vocals to at least one song per album.[citation needed] Ogre Battle is a Queen song, the first on Side Black of their experimental second album, and also the first on the album to have been composed by Freddie Mercury. ...


Equipment

Brian May performing with the Red Special in Warsaw, Poland, 1998.
Brian May performing with the Red Special in Warsaw, Poland, 1998.

Most of May's guitar work was done on the Red Special. However, he has used a number of other electric guitars, including a Burns Double Six (Long Away), a Gibson Les Paul (as a backup during the early tours.), a Gibson Flying V (spare during Hot Space tour), a Fender Telecaster (Crazy Little Thing Called Love), an Ibanez JS (Nothing But Blue),a Greco BM90 (featured in the promo video of "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy", but was not actually used in the studio), a Tōkai Hummingbird Acoustic on some recordings, and a Parker Fly (Mother Love). For other uses, see Warsaw (disambiguation) and Warszawa (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Gibson Les Paul is a solidbody electric guitar originally developed in the early 1950s. ... The Gibson Flying V is an electric guitar model first released by Gibson in 1958. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... This article is about the guitar manufacturer. ... The Greco brand of guitars are a range of guitars manufactured for the Japanese market only and produced by Kanda Shokai. ... A Japanese Tokai SG-60 // Tokai Gakki Co. ...


In early Queen tours he had a Stratocaster as spare guitar, replacing it with a Les Paul Deluxe in 1974, then a John Birch replica of his Red Special the next year. In a concert in the States on the 1982 Hot Space North American tour, he got frustrated with that instrument and smashed it, thereafter using a Gibson Flying V until he got more suitable replicas of his beloved Red Special. In 1984 Guild released the first official Red Special replica for mass production, and made some prototypes specifically for May. However the solid body construction (the original RS has hollow cavities in the body) and the pickups (DiMarzio) that were not an exact replica of the Burns TriSonic did not make May happy, so the production stopped after just 300 guitars. In 1993 Guild made a second replica of the RS, made in just 1000 copies, of which May has some and used as a backup. At the moment, he uses the 2 guitars made by Greg Fryer — the luthier who restored the Old Lady in 1998—as backup. They are really identical to the original, except for the Fryer logo on the headstock (May's original one has a sixpence). // John Birch was an English luthier mainly known for his electric guitars. ... Hot Space is an album by English rock band Queen, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... A guild is an association of craftspeople in a particular trade. ...


For acoustic guitars, he mostly used Ovation 12-Strings, Martins, and a Gibson Chet Atkins for nylon-string parts. He created the unique "buzzing" tone heard on "White Queen (As It Began)" and "Jealousy" by placing pieces of piano wire under the frets. His ukulele was Aloha. Pianos he recorded include Bösendorfers, although in concerts he relied on Freddie Mercury's Steinway. May used Yamaha DX7 synths for the opening sequence of "One Vision" and the backgrounds of "Who Wants to Live Forever", "Scandal" and "The Show Must Go On". Bösendorfer (L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH) is an Austrian piano manufacturer, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha[1]. Bösendorfer pianos are noted for their dark, full-bodied sound compared with other top models. ... Steinway & Sons is a piano manufacturing firm, currently based in New York and Hamburg, Germany. ... The Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis developed by John Chowning. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Who Wants to Live Forever is a song by the English rock band Queen. ... Scandal is the fourth single from Queens 1989 album The Miracle. ... The show must go on is a well-known phrase in show business, meaning that regardless of what happens (such as the lead performer breaking a leg), the show must still be put on for the waiting patrons. ...


May was keen on using some toys as instruments as well. Some of his early acoustic works were done on a cheap Hairfred he had conserved from his childhood.[citation needed] He also used a Yamaha plastic piano in Teo Torriatte, a "genuine George Formby Ukulele-Banjo" in Bring Back That Leroy Brown and a toy mini koto in The Prophet's Song. The headquarters of Yamaha Corporation Yamaha redirects here. ... Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) is a song from the 1976 Queen album A Day at the Races and is written by guitarist Brian May. ... Sheer Heart Attack is a Queen album from 1974. ... Japanese 13-stringed koto The koto (琴 or 箏) is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from Chinese Guqins. ... The Prophets Song is a song by the British band Queen that was featured on the album A Night at the Opera. ...


May has used Vox AC-30 amplifiers almost exclusively since a meeting with his long time hero Rory Gallagher at a gig in London during the late 60s/early 70s.[citation needed] His choice is the model AC30TBX, the top-boost version with Blue Alnico speakers, and he runs the amp at full volume on the Normal channel. He also customizes his amps by removing the circuitry for the Brilliant and Vib-trem channels (leaving only the circuitry for the Normal), and this alters the tone slightly, with a gain addition of 6-7dB.[citation needed] He always used a 'treble booster pedal' of some kind which, along with the AC-30, went a long way in helping to create many of his signature guitar tones. He used the Dallas Rangemaster for the first Queen albums, up to A Day at the Races. Then, effects guru Pete Cornish built for him the TB-83 (32dB of gain) that used for all the remaining Queen albums. He switched in 2000 to the Fryer's booster, which actually gives less boost than the TB-83. Vox is a musical equipment manufacturer based in Britain, which is most famous for making the AC30 guitar amplifier and the Vox organ. ... Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948–14 June 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, grew up in Cork City in the south of Ireland. ... Popularized by legendary guitarists such as Brian May of Queen and Eric Clapton, treble booster pedals have been used to overdrive tube amplifiers, such as VOX AC30s, in order to create a cleanly-driven type of distortion. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Live, he uses banks of AC-30 amplifiers keeping some amps with only guitar and others with all effects such as delay, flanger and chorus. He has a rack of 14 AC30s, which are grouped as Normal, Chorus, Delay 1, Delay 2. On his pedal board, May has a custom switch unit made by Cornish and subsequently modified by Fryer that allows him to choose which amps are active. He uses a BOSS pedal from the 70s, the Chorus Ensemble CE-1, which you can hear in In The Lap of The Gods (Live at Wembley '86) or Hammer to Fall (slow version played live with P. Rodgers). Next in the chain, he uses a Foxx Foot Phaser (We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Keep Yourself Alive, etc), a wah-wah pedal (I Want to Break Free solo) that May does not use in the conventional[opinion needs balancing] way but to give different tones, and two delay machines to play his trademark Brighton Rock solo. Look up boss in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Queen song of the same name, see News of the World (album). ... Live at Wembley 86 is a double compact disc live album by English rock band Queen. ... Hammer to Fall is a 1984 hard-rock song written by Brian May and performed by the British rock group Queen with Freddie Mercury on lead vocal. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... We Are The Champions is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury, recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World. ... Keep Yourself Alive was the first track on the British rock group Queens debut album, written by Brian May. ... I Want to Break Free ( ) is a song performed by Queen, which was written exclusively by bassist John Deacon. ...


Another particular choice of May is the plectrum: he uses an English Sixpence coin from the '60s. This gives a mysterious, clean and crystalline tone.[opinion needs balancing] Bandmate and electrical engineer John Deacon also built May a small DC-powered amplifier which he often used when recording.[citation needed] Known as the 'Deacy amp', it was reproduced as the "Brian May Special" by Vox in 2003. Vox have also released a Brian May custom AC-30 model with a single volume control and a rear mounted guitar input jack so multiple amps can be stacked on top of each other. The Digitech corporation recently released a pedal called the "Brian May Red Special" from its artist series of pedals made to emulate the tones of famous guitarist. This particular pedal is made to simulate the tones from seven Queen hits, as well as the tone of the Red Special, the Deacy amp, the Treble Booster and the Vox AC-30s. Also V-stack made a "simulator" of Brian May's sound. For the motorcyclist, see John Deacon (motorcyclist). ... The Deacy Amp is an amplifier created by and named after Queen bassist John Deacon and used by guitarist Brian May. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Last, but not least, a quite influential factor on his sound in studio is the particular positioning of the microphones. This allowed May to cut down the noise produced by the extremely loud AC30 at full volume and also nailed particular, unique mid-loaded tones. For example, to record the solos of Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock you, most of It's Late and almost every guitar part in We Are The Champions, microphones were placed in the corners of the room, at the center of which there was the amplifier. This makes his tone even more difficult to copy,[opinion needs balancing] because the amplifier sounds significantly different if microphoned up in one way or another.[opinion needs balancing][citation needed]


Contributions to Queen

After the famous Live Aid concert in summer 1985, Mercury rang his band mates and proposed writing a song together. The result was "One Vision," which was basically May on music (the Magic Years documentary shows how he came up with the opening section and the basic guitar riff) and Roger Taylor on lyrics, with Freddie Mercury being more a producer and arranger than a proper co-writer, and John Deacon mostly absent. Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... For the motorcyclist, see John Deacon (motorcyclist). ...


For their 1989 release album, The Miracle, the band had decided that all of the tracks would be credited to all the band, no matter who had been the main writer. Still, interviews and musical analyses tend to identify the input of each member on each track. The Miracle is a 1989 album by English rock band Queen. ...


May composed "I Want It All" for that album, as well as "Scandal" (based on his personal problems with the British press). For the rest of the album he did not contribute so much creatively, although he helped in building the basis of Party and Was It All Worth It (both being predominantly Mercury's pieces) and created the guitar riff of Chinese Torture. I Want It All is a song by the English rock band Queen. ... Scandal is the fourth single from Queens 1989 album The Miracle. ... // National newspapers Traditionally newspapers could be split into quality, serious-minded newspapers (usually referred to as Broadsheets due to their large size) and tabloid, less serious newspapers. ...


Queen's subsequent album was Innuendo, on which May's contributions increased, although more in arrangements than actual writing in most cases; for the title track he did some of the arrangement for the heavy solo, then he added vocal harmonies to "I'm Going Slightly Mad" and composed the solo of "These Are the Days of Our Lives", a song for which the four of them decided the keyboard parts together. He changed the tempo and key of Mercury's song The Hitman and took it under his wing, even singing guide vocal in the demo. May also co-wrote some of the guitar lines in Bijou. Innuendo is a 1991 album by English rock band Queen. ... Innuendo is a song by English rock band Queen. ... Im Going Slightly Mad is a Queen song, written by Freddie Mercury. ... These Are the Days of Our Lives is a song by the British rock band Queen. ... Innuendo is a 1991 album by English rock band Queen. ...


Two songs that May had composed for his first solo album, "Headlong" and "I Can't Live With You," eventually ended up in the Queen project. His other composition was "The Show Must Go On," a group effort in which he was the coordinator and primary composer, but in which they all had input — Deacon and Taylor with the famous chord sequence, Mercury with the first verse. Headlong is the third track of Queens 1991 album Innuendo. ... Not to be confused with the Pink Floyd song of the same name. ...


The Brian May Band

The Brian May Band was officially formed in late October 1992, following the release of his album Back to the Light. Back to the Light is the first solo effort of Queens guitarist Brian May. ...


An early version of the band was loosely formed for 19 October 1991, when May took part in the Guitar Legends guitar festival in Seville, Spain. The line-up for his performance was May (Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar), Cozy Powell (Drums & Percussion), Mike Moran (Keyboards), Rick Wakeman (Keyboards), Maggie Ryder (Backing Vocals), Miriam Stockley (Backing Vocals) and Chris Thompson (Backing Vocals). For other uses, see Seville (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mike Moran is a keyboard musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Link title:This article is about the English singer. ...


Following the death of Freddie Mercury in November 1991, May chose to deal with his grief by committing himself as fully as possible to work, first by finishing his solo album and then touring worldwide to promote it. He frequently remarked in press interviews that this was the only form of self-prescribed therapy he could think of.[10] Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ...


The original line-up was Brian May (Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar), Cozy Powell (Drums and Percussion), Mike Caswell (Guitar), Neil Murray (Bass), Maggie Ryder (Backing Vocals), Miriam Stockley (Backing Vocals) and Chris Thompson (Backing Vocals). This version of the band lasted only during the South American support tour (supporting The B-52's and Joe Cocker) on only five dates. Afterwards, May made significant changes, feeling the group never quite gelled. Neil Murray is a bassist who has played with over 30 bands including Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, and Gogmagog. ... The B-52s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, an important center of alternative rock. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ...


Most significantly, May brought guitarist Jamie Moses on board to replace Mike Caswell. May considered Moses a perfect fit to the band. The other change made was in the backing vocal department. Ryder, Stockley and Thompson are replaced with Catherine Porter and Shelley Preston. An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ... Catherine Porter is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... Shelley Preston (3rd right) performing as part of Bucks Fizz (Caroline) Shelley Preston (born May 14, 1964), is a professional singer, best known as the replacement for Jay Aston in the 1980s Eurovision Song Contest winners Buckz Fizz. ...


On 23 February 1993, this new line-up of The Brian May Band began its world tour in the US, both supporting Guns N' Roses and headlining a few dates. The tour would take them through North America, Europe and Japan. Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ...


After the tour ended on 18 December 1993, May returned to the studio with fellow surviving Queen band members Roger Taylor and John Deacon to work on tracks that became Made in Heaven, the final Queen album. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the motorcyclist, see John Deacon (motorcyclist). ... For the film, see Made in Heaven (film). ...


In 1995, May began working towards a new solo album of covers tentatively named Heroes, in addition to working on various film and television projects and other collaborations. May subsequently changed the approach of his second album from covers to focus on those collaborations and on new material. The songs recorded for that album, Another World would feature mainly Edney, Powell, Murray and Moses, who had become his core support/collaborative team. Another World is the second full studio album delivered by Queen guitarist, Brian May. ...


On 5 April 1998, Cozy Powell was killed in a car accident on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. This caused a huge, unexpected dent in the upcoming tour for The Brian May Band, with the need for a new drummer on short notice. Steve Ferrone was brought on to help May finish recording drums for the title track "Another World" and to join the band for the early stage promotional tour of five dates in Europe before the world tour. is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The M4 motorway is a motorway in Great Britain linking London with Wales. ... Steve Ferrone (born April 25, 1950 in Brighton) is an English drummer. ...


The line up was then Brian May (Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar), Spike Edney (Keyboards), Neil Murray (Bass), Jamie Moses (Guitar), Steve Ferrone (Drums & Percussion), Susie Webb (Backing Vocals) and Zoe Nicholas (Backing Vocals). Following the early promo tour, Eric Singer replaced Steve Ferrone for the full 1998 world tour. The band then consisted of Brian May (Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar), Spike Edney (Keyboards), Neil Murray (Bass), Jamie Moses (Guitar), Eric Singer (Drums & Percussion), Susie Webb (Backing Vocals) and Zoe Nicholas (Backing Vocals). Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ...


In 2005, Edney and Moses were recruited along with Danny Miranda (Bass) to join the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour, to fill the roles of keyboard player and second guitarist respectively. The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. ...


In late 2008 he will be reuniting with Paul Rodgers for a European tour playing major cities, including a date at the 02 Arena throughout October 2008.


Academia

May studied astrophysics at Imperial College London, graduating with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree, and then proceeded to study for a Ph.D.. He studied at the Imperial College London departments of Physics and Mathematics, and was part way through a Ph.D programme, studying reflected light from interstellar dust and the velocity of dust in the plane of the Solar System, when Queen became successful. He abandoned his physics doctorate - temporarily, as it later turned out - but did co-author two scientific research papers: MgI Emission in the Night-Sky Spectrum (1972) and An Investigation of the Motion of Zodiacal Dust Particles (Part I) (1973), which were based on May's observations in Tenerife. More than 30 years after he started his research, in October 2007 he completed his Ph.D. thesis, entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, passed his viva voce, performed corrections and obtained the formal conferment of the degree.[11] Affiliations Russell Group Association of MBAs IDEA League Association of Commonwealth Universities Golden Triangle Oak Ridge Associated Universities Nobel laureates 14 Website http://www. ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Affiliations Russell Group Association of MBAs IDEA League Association of Commonwealth Universities Golden Triangle Oak Ridge Associated Universities Nobel laureates 14 Website http://www. ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife in the Canary Islands chain. ...


He was the co-author of “Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe” with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, which was published in October, 2006.[12] For other persons named Patrick Moore, see Patrick Moore (disambiguation). ... Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist. ...


On July 19th 2007, Brian May was appointed as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.[13] Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a university in Liverpool, England. ...


Discography

Main article: Brian May discography
See also: Queen discography

This is a discography of works by Brian May as a solo artist. ... This is a discography of works by Queen. ...

Bibliography

For other persons named Patrick Moore, see Patrick Moore (disambiguation). ... Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist. ...

Trivia

  • In 1995 he played lead guitar on "Make your dream come true", a song on Münchener Freiheit lead singer Stefan Zauner's solo-album "S.O.L".
  • He played lead guitar on Guns N' Roses' "Catcher in the Rye" which was leaked in February 2006.
  • He has also offered a song, "Crazy Nights"/"Golden Days" (The latter was B-side song in Japan but A-side in UK), to Japanese female singer the late Minako Honda in 1987. He wrote the English lyrics, composed and produced; Yasushi Akimoto wrote the Japanese lyrics.[14] Honda died of leukemia in 2005.[15]
  • May opened the "Party at the Palace" concert to celebrate Elizabeth II's golden jubilee in 2002, by standing on Buckingham Palace roof and playing "God Save the Queen" on his guitar.[16]
  • May is a regular contributor to the BBC The Sky At Night programme, hosted by Patrick Moore.
  • May's favorite Queen song is "The Miracle".[17]
  • In 2006, May played lead/rhythm guitar and sang background vocals on Lynn Carey Saylor's remake of Lowen and Navarro's 1984 hit "We Belong." This track appears on Lynn Carey Saylor's 2007 release CD "You Like It Clean" along with another track May played guitar and sang backgrounds on, the Lynn Carey Saylor penned song, "If We Believe".[18]
  • May has guested with many artists, notably with Foo Fighters, on their 2002 track "Tired of You" and a cover of the Pink Floyd song "Have a Cigar".[citation needed]
  • May is a fan of Mika, even to the point of vociferously defending the singer in his blog after negative comments by Guardian journalist Alexis Petridis and music webzine Drowned in Sound.[19][20][21]
  • May hates his trademark curly hair.[22]
  • Is a close friend of Tony Iommi, and is the only guest guitarist to ever appear on a Black Sabbath album (1987's Headless Cross - the solo on When Death Calls).

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References

  1. ^ May, Brian. News.
  2. ^ "Queen star hands in science PhD", BBC News. 
  3. ^ Queen star celebrates doctorate. BBC News.
  4. ^ "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", Rolling Stone, <http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5937559/the_100_greatest_guitarists_of_all_time/>
  5. ^ May, Brian. News December 2005. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
  6. ^ "Queen", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2007
  7. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry, Brian May, Rockdetector, <http://rockdetector.com/artist,1371.sm>
  8. ^ Coleman, Mark (1986-10-09), "A Kind of Magic", Rolling Stone (no. 484), <http://rollingstone.com/artists/queen/albums/album/210159/review/5946266/a_kind_of_magic>
  9. ^ "Not another axe to grind", The Guardian, 2007-02-17, <http://guardian.co.uk/theguide/music/story/0,,2013600,00.html>
  10. ^ Queen - Royal Legend: Interviews: Brian May: Talk Radio '98
  11. ^ url=http://www.brianmay.com/brian/biog.html
  12. ^ "Queen star hands in science PhD", BBC News, 2007-03-09, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6929290.stm>
  13. ^ url=http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/index_92016.htm
  14. ^ Brian's Soapbox Nov 05
  15. ^ Honda Profile at Nippop
  16. ^ YouTube - god save the queen
  17. ^ UK's The Paul O'Grady Show on December 18th 2006
  18. ^ Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist: Lynn Carey Saylor
  19. ^ May, Brian (2007-02-05), "ANOTHER CRAP WRITER IN THE GUARDIAN. SOON WE WILL STOP BEING SURPRISED !", Brian's Soapbox, <http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbfeb07a.html>
  20. ^ May, Brian (2007-02-05), "ANOTHER NASTY PIECE OF WORK", Brian's Soapbox, <http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbfeb07a.html>
  21. ^ Jonze, Tim (2007-02-09), "Bri's blog rage: the latest from the rock blogs", Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music, <http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/02/bris_blog_rage_the_latest_from.html>
  22. ^ Queen Archives View topic - 10-22-2006 - Female First - Brian May's curly hate

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