Brian May Biography

19 July 1947, Hampton, Middlesex, England. Best known as the guitarist in rock band Queen, May has also enjoyed notable solo success. In the summer of 1983, he teamed up with Eddie Van Halen (guitar), REO Speedwagon’s Alan Gratzer (drums), Fred Mandel (keyboards) and Phil Chen (bass) for a supergroup session, which was released under the title Star Fleet Project. He subsequently produced the spoof heavy metal group Bad News, as well as the recording of ‘Anyone Can Fall In Love’ by his actress partner Anita Dobson. He also worked with Steve Hackett, completed a solo album and, in 1991, wrote and recorded the score for a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Following a commission for an advertisement by the Ford Motor Company in 1991, May released a further single, ‘Driven By You’, which became a UK Top 10 hit in December 1991. He was also one of the prime movers behind the Freddie Mercury AIDS Benefit in 1992, following the death of Queen’s flamboyant lead singer the previous November. May enjoyed his biggest UK solo hit in September 1992 with the number 5 single, ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’, featured on his solo debut Back To The Light. The belated follow-up album, Another World (1998), featured Cozy Powell on drums but, like its predecessor, was a largely anonymous collection of MOR-orientated material.

May carried on recording as a solo artist during the late 90s and into the new millennium, but this work was overshadowed by the news that he was re-forming Queen with that band’s drummer Roger Taylor and former Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. The trio had originally got together in November 2004 to perform a number of Queen classics at the UK Hall Of Fame awards in London. May, Taylor and Rodgers then announced they would be undertaking a lengthy European tour the following spring.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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