Brian May performs guitar version of The Wellerman sea shanty
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On Monday, Brian May turned 74-years-old and Queen fans have been celebrating almost three-quarters of a century of the guitar legend. The star expressed his thanks via Instagram, during a post promoting the upcoming release of his re-mastered debut solo album, Back to the Light. He wrote: “Thanks a million for all your wonderful happy birthday messages.”
Brian added: “I’m completely overwhelmed, and don’t feel able to respond properly yet.
“But I will try as soon as I get myself together. Big thanks. I feel very loved. Bri.”
Queen and Adam Lambert bassist Neil Fairclough posted on the day: “Happy Birthday Brian!!…74 orbits round the sun…have a fantastic day!!”
“Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer, Astrophysicist, Stereoscopic Wizard, Animal Welfarist…and much more…all round inspiring man!! Thank you Brian…”
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While Queen and Adam Lambert’s percussionist and vocalist, who plays alongside drummer Roger Taylor on tour, also chimed in.
Tyler Warren wrote: “The man. The myth. The legend. The birthday!
“Happy birthday to my boss (one of ‘em), band mate, and fellow long-hair, Doctor Brian May!! Cheers my friend! Maybe see you sooner than later!”
Next week marks Roger’s 72nd birthday, so no doubt more birthday wishes are to come soon enough.
In his post thanking fans for birthday wishes, Brian announced he would be posting a series of videos on his official YouTube channel that share the story behind each track on Back to the Light.
Today’s saw the 74-year-old discuss his powerful 1993 single Resurrection, which saw him hit notes as high as a top D.
The Queen legend said of the track: “It’s so massive in scope, and it’s so ridiculously ambitious from the point of view of singing as well as playing, I think that’s the one I want on my tombstone really!”
The song came out after Freddie Mercury’s untimely death in 1991 and Brian found it tested his abilities as a vocalist.
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Brian said: “We really went to town on the overdubs. There’s probably more overdubs on it than there is on Bohemian Rhapsody!
“I was also pushing myself. It was a time when I wanted to know how far I could go. Suddenly I’m without Freddie. I’m trying to sing my own stuff.How high can I go? How intense can I go? How broad can I go in the vocals?
“I don’t think I could do that now, but I’m pleased with the place that I got to. It was the place I needed to get to at that time.”
Resurrection is available to download and stream now, while the remastered reissue of Brian May’s Back to the Light album is available on August 6 on CD, Vinyl, Cassette, digital download and streaming formats and can be pre-ordered here.
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