Brian May, who turns 66 today, is a man of many talents. From his contributions to Queen, to his Ph.D in physics, the iconic Rock and Roll guitarist is still going strong. Seriously, what can’t this man do?!
May rose to fame as the lead guitarist for Queen back in the 1970’s, writing several hits for the group, including “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, and “Flash!,” among others. His unique style of playing helped solidify the group’s signature sound, making them one of the greatest rock bands in the history of Rock and Roll.
After the tragic death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, May branched out, and went on to write music for theatre performances, including Macbeth and the hit London musical, We Will Rock You. He has also been credited with penning many TV/Radio commercial theme songs, winning him several Ivor Novello awards.
In 2007, May went back to school to finish his doctorate in physics, his first love. He had first received an honors degree from Imperial College in the early 1970s, but took a break from his studies to work with Queen. May went on to write several books on the subject, including BANG! The Complete History of the Universe.
Most recently, Brian May and his Queen bandmates performed at the Closing Ceremonies of last year’s Summer Olympics in London, and have hinted at a possible tour with former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert, though nothing has been set in stone.
May has also spent much of the last year protesting against the culling of badgers in the UK, even writing the benefit song “Badger Swagger” to help the cause, which featured fellow guitar legend, Slash.
For all of the contributions that Brian May has made to music, the world and beyond, we wish him a very Happy Birthday!
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