Brian May Biography

Brian Harold May CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built guitar, the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Who Wants to Live Forever", "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" and "The Show Must Go On".

He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for charity work". May attained a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007 and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. He has homes in London and Windlesham, Surrey. He is an active animal rights advocate and was appointed a vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in September 2012.

In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2012, May was ranked the 2nd greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine readers poll.

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Brian May gets all-clear after cancer scare

The Queen guitarist had revealed he was undergoing tests in late 2013

  • Jan 16, 2014

Brian May undergoing 'urgent' tests for cancer

Queen guitarist sought medical help over Christmas

  • Dec 31, 2013

Brian May backs Freddie Mercury's estate in Norwich gorilla removal dispute

'You have to ask yourself how you'd feel if suddenly people were making effigies of your dearly departed dad or son or brother,' says Queen guitarist

  • Jul 11, 2013

Slash and David Attenborough to feature on new Brian May single 'Badger Swagger'

The release follows the Queen guitarist's earlier track 'The Badger Song' in protest at the government’s plan to cull badgers

  • Jun 3, 2013

Queen's Brian May leads thousands on anti-badger culling march

Government begin culling trials today (June 2) to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB)

  • Jun 2, 2013

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