Category: brian may

Freddie Mercury and Brian May, Sydney, April 1985 by Bob King, via pitchfork


« That’s Roger on the grass, being a hippy, playing a twelve-string guitar. He probably still has that guitar, because he’s more of a collector of guitars than I am. Roger has a lot of guitars. There he is, in his flowery shirt and frayed jeans. » Brian May (Queen in 3D)

Queen: Freddie Mercury and Brian May, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Budapest, July 27, 1986, via queenphotos.

I was just going to post this without additional commentary (no, I have not been taken over by a pod from outer space), but you know what? You really, really need to see this. Not even the Live Aid performance of this (WHICH I HATE THAT THEY LEFT OUT OF THE MOVIE) gives a hint at how gloriously chaotic “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” could get on stage

So here ya go, from Wembley a couple of weeks earlier than the Budapest photo above, on July 11. Here you’ll see Brian switching between three guitars (you see his black Telecaster above, which he typically used for the first solo), and both him and Freddie actively engaging keyboard player Spike Edney, who’s absolutely wailing on the piano for this. (Spike is still playing with Queen today!)

There’s a camera parked behind Roger, who really doesn’t get enough credit for how hard he pounds drums (as if Bonham is the only one who hits hard or something?), and Deacy’s shorts are so short that he looks like he’s wearing a big t-shirt and nothing else while he POGOS HIS WAY THROUGH. (Check right around 3:30 for several shots of him bouncing clear off the ground.) This ain’t just a rhythm section. Both of these fellas are bringing the pain

This clip cuts in just after Freddie laughs, “Everybody knows I can’t play the fucking guitar,” and opens with his holy invocation, “This is for all you crazy f*****s out there.”

Turn this WAY THE FUCK UP, and soak in it. Amazing stuff.

Queen rehearsing A Night At The Opera at Ridge Farm, summer 1975, via queenphotos

Brian May: Queen in Milwaukee, September 10, 1980, the day that The Game hit #1 in the US (their only #1 album here), by Todd K. Owens, my edit of original via

Queen: Brian May with makeup!  They was glam! London, Imperial College, October 1973. (Photo by Mick Rock)

Queen in New Haven, CT, November 16, 1977 by Carl Lender, my edit of original via wikimediacommons


Lots of eye contact here.


Freddie Mercury and Brian May


Queen: Brian May and Freddie Mercury, November 17, 1978 at Madison Square Garden, my edit of original via