Brian May (Queen guitarist)

~ Person

Legal name: Brian Harold May

Also performs as: Just William


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 electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Flash", "Who Wants To Live Forever" 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Star Fleet Project Brian May + Friends 1
1992 Back to the Light Brian May 4
1993 Resurrection Brian May with Cozy Powell 1
1998 Another World Brian May 3
1998 Retro Rock Special Brian May 1
2013 Acoustic by Candlelight Kerry Ellis & Brian May 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Live at the Brixton Academy Brian May 1
2013 Starmus: Sonic Universe Tangerine Dream and Brian May 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Furia Brian May 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Star Fleet Brian May + Friends 1
1987 A Time For Heroes Meat Loaf featuring Brian May 1
1991 Driven by You Brian May 3
1992 Too Much Love Will Kill You Brian May 1
1992 Back to the Light Brian May 2
1993 Last Horizon Brian May 1
1993 Resurrection Brian May 3
1998 The Business (Rock on Cozy Mix) Brian May 1
1998 Why Don't We Try Again Brian May 1
1998 Another World Brian May 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Red Special Brian May 1

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