(( MENSAGE DE DIDO : Bien queridos lectores y navegantes,
aqui tenemos la biografia del dios de la guitarra, el unico padre de la guitarra,
BRIAN HAROLD MAY uno de los muchos creadores de la buena musica pero mas que
nada le dio un regalo inmortal al mundo, la musica. ))
On July 19, 1947, Harold and Ruth May from Twickenham, England gave birth
to a son, Brian Harold. Little did they know that their son would grow up
to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. In fact, Brian had initially
stated that he wanted to be a surgeon, then later, an astronomer. Brian doesn't
remember ever wanting to be a surgeon, but he did actively pursue astronomy
Harold and Ruth were not without clues of their son's latent talents. Brian
began to shine musically when his parents started him with piano lessons at
the tender age of five. But they didn't stop there. They bought him a ukulele
when he was six, and his father taught him how to play it. On his seventh
birthday, Brian received his first acoustic guitar, which he immediately began
altering and manipulating, adding his own pick ups to attain an electric sound.
That acoustic guitar somewhat appeased Brian until he was a teenager, but
then he wanted a real electric guitar. His parents couldn't afford to buy
one, so Brian and his father decided to build one themselves. They were the
ideal team for the job, too, because Harold was an experienced electronics
engineer while Brian was an adept physics student. Also, they were both experienced
in wood and metal working.
They began their project in August 1963, when Brian was sixteen years old.
The materials they used were both unusual and incredible. Just picture them
"Hmmm, what shall we use for the neck?"
"I know! The mahogany from the fireplace!"
"Splendid! And we must use oak for the body, but what about the tremolo?"
"That's a tough one... Maybe we should sleep on it."
"By jove, I think I've got it! We'll use the old bicycle pump."
"Have you gone mad? I was thinking along more practical lines, like
the motorbike valve springs and a knife edge."
"Okay, okay. But let's definitely throw in some of these these pearl
buttons for the fret markers."
(Tosses pearl buttons into the pile)
"Okay let's do it."
"That could make a brilliant lyric one day."
"Some day, one day...."
When the guitar, later known as the "Red Special," was nearly
completed, Brian tried using his own pick ups, but ended up buying some Burns.
He still wasn't satisfied with the microphone sound, so he filled them with
epoxy. Then, after much experimentation with picks, he decided that an old
sixpence would do just fine. That sixpence stopped circulation in the early
70's, so Brian eventually got the Royal Mint to make some more to be used
as picks. He later sold them while on tour, and of course they sold out.
The Red Special eventually became a hit in the guitar world. Guild Guitars
produced replicas, including the BHM1, the Brian May Standard, and the Brian
May Signature (which was nearly identical to the original and sold for $2000!)
Soon after Brian and his father began building the Red Special, Brian formed
his first band, called "1984." He then went on to Imperial College
and eventually got a BSc honors degree in Physics and Math. He began to work
on a PhD in astronomy, but never completed his thesis. Something more interesting
had come up...
In 1968, Brian and his old band mate from "1984," Tim Staffell,
decided to form a new band. They advertised for a drummer, selected Roger
Taylor, and named themselves "Smile." Mercury Records signed them
on, and they used Trident Studios to record their sessions. Tim introduced
a college buddy of his, Freddie Bulsara, to the band, and Freddie soon became
an avid fan. But Smile didn't have enough going on, so they called it quits
in 1970. Tim joined another band called Humpy Bong, which became the highest
selling pop/rock act of all time - GOTCHA! Meanwhile, Freddie quit his band,
Wreckage, to join up with Brian and Roger, and changed his name to Freddie
Mercury. He had loads of eccentric ideas for the new band and didn't hesitate
to convey them. Thankfully, those ideas were taken seriously, including insane
attire, outrageous stage shows, and the regal name of "Queen." The
band advertised for a bass player and eventually hired John Deacon, which
made Queen complete.
By 1971, Brian wrote Queen's first single Keep Yourself Alive. It wasn't
released until 1973, and frankly, it bombed. The world was just not ready
for the likes of Queen! Seven Seas of Rhye was their first real hit, and in
1974 Queen embarked on their first US tour, opening for Mott the Hoople. The
tour was cut short when Brian collapsed from a case of hepatitis. Though sick
as a dog, Brian managed to play a killer guitar - and sing! - in the studio
for Queen's third album, "Sheer Heart Attack," the album that truly
launched Queen's 20-year-long career.
In the beginning of 1983, during the midst of Queen's success, Brian got
a notion to fly to Los Angeles and gather some friends together at the Record
Plant studios for an all-out jam session. Eddie Van Halen, Alan Gratzer, Phil
Chen and Fred Mandel joined Brian and inadvertently created a mini-album known
as "The Starfleet Project". One of the tracks included a twelve-minute
blues session between Eddie and Brian called Blues Breaker, dedicated to Eric
Clapton. The album went out of print, but is available on the Japanese CD,
Brian spent most of the next few years immersed in Queen's success and engaging
in various cameo appearances. Then, in 1991, when Queen was sadly coming to
an end due to Freddie's illness, Brian was approached by a London advertising
agency to write a song for an advertising campaign for Ford cars. The song,
Driven by You became so popular that Brian decided to release it on its own
merits. It made the top ten in the UK, but Brian couldn't glory too much in
its success because Freddie died of AIDS around the same time, a great loss
for Brian both personally and professionally. The night before Freddie died,
Brian wrote a poignant song while thinking about his dear friend, called Nothin'
The following year, 1992, was met with much activity for Brian. There was
the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness and the release of
Brian's first successful solo album, "Back to the Light". The album
included the title track, plus an array of songs Brian had written throughout
the years - including Nothin' But Blue and Driven by You. It also included
songs written especially for the album, which quickly reached double gold
Brian and several of the artists who appeared in "Back to the Light"
toured the next couple years as The Brian May Band in places like South America,
North America, Japan, Europe, and the UK. They mostly headlined, but opened
for Guns N Roses a few times. One headliner gig would become Brian's next
album, "Live at the Brixton Academy." A video was also released.
In 1995, Brian returned to the studios with the remaining members of Queen
to finish an album titled "Made in Heaven." This album was released
exactly four years after Freddie's death, and became a beautiful tribute to
the flamboyant legend. Queen got together a few years later and recorded another
Freddie tribute, No One But You, which was also written by Brian and was the
only original track on the 1998 album, "Queen Rocks." Meanwhile,
Brian was also working on a new album, "Another World," which was
released on June 1, 1998. This long-awaited album featured drummer guru, Cozy
Powell, who was tragically killed in a car accident shortly before the release
of the first single. Brian released the single, The Business (Rock on Cozy
Mix), in May 1998 as a tribute to his close friend. "Another World"
also includes the title track, new versions of One Rainy Wish and On My Way
Up as well as some original tracks written by Brian.
Brian May is a remarkable and extremely talented musician with a huge, loyal
following. He is known for his unique guitar style and sound, as well as for
his poetic songwriting abilities and incredible voice. He has won four Ivor
Music Awards for Flash's Theme, Driven by You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Too
Much Love Will Kill You. In 1986 he also won the PRS Outstanding Contribution
to British Music Award. His fans are eagerly awaiting news of a world tour,
which may occur as early as September 1998!
Brian May is more than a musician, though - he is also a devoted father
of three children: Jimmy, Louisa, and Emily. Jimmy was born in 1978, Louisa
in 1981, and Emily in 1987. Brian adores the Beatles, and his favorite song
of all time is I Wanna Hold Your Hand. He also ranks Tracks of My Tears by
Smoky Robinson and the Miracles and Without You by Nilsson as being among
the top three greatest songs of all time. His biggest musical influences were
the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, and his favorite actor is Clint Eastwood. Brian
enjoys drinking Guinness, eating vegetarian food, and listening to heavy metal
music. A man of many talents, a man of many tastes, and a man the world has
grown to love and finally appreciate.
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