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When a man is a big rock star, one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time (who incidentally, designed and built his own guitar in his teens), is the author or co-author of several No. 1 hit singles, has a PhD in astrophysics, was appointed CBE by the Queen of England, has millions and an asteroid named after him and still remains a shy, down-to-earth gentleman concerned about the wildlife of Great Britain, we may be sure the man got it made.

Brian May Performing with Jessie J at the London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony

This man is Brian May (65), the soft spoken guitarist and the founding member of ‘Queen’, one of the greatest and most successful rock bands of all time. The calm and brilliant Brian May was a complete opposite to the flamboyant and equally brilliant frontman Freddie Mercury on stage, but it was exactly this grouping  of completely different personalities that made ‘Queen’ music so great and so eclectic.

Born in a middle class British family, Brian got hooked up on music from his early childhood. Having started picking up chords at the age of 5, Brian was already a skilful musician by his teens. Because he couldn’t afford a Fender or a Gibson, Brian decided to build his own guitar, his trusty ‘Super Red’, a masterpiece in its own right, now replicated by several major guitar manufacturers.

The career of Queen was stellar and dramatic, to a great extent due to Brian May himself – some of Queen’s greatest hits were penned by Brian, including “Tie Your Mother Down”, “I Want It All”, “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Who Wants to Live Forever” and many more.

Days of Glory – Queen Performing at ‘Live Aid’, July 18, 1985

After the tragic death of the band singer Freddie Mercury in 1991, Brian turned to his solo career and to introducing the legacy of Queen to the newer generations.  Along with the fellow Queen member, drummer Roger Taylor, Brian collaborated with various artists, from Elton John, George Michael, Robbie Williams to Kerry Ellis and Jessie J more recently.

The career of Brian May is a long, varied and successful one. He is one of those rare people who succeed on several levels simply because they are dedicated to whatever they are doing and surely set a positive example for all of us.

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