I thought I would start with this as Brian May has said in a BBC interview that he would rather be remembered for working for animal rights than for his music or his work in the scientific field. An active animal rights advocate he was appointed vice-president of RSPCA in 2012. He is the founder of ‘Save Me’ who campaign for animal welfare and anti-cruelty treatment of animals, particularly campaigning against fox hunting and badger culling. Besides other charity work, he recently went on tour with Kerry Ellis to raise awareness for the Born Free Foundation.
Yes, that’s right EastEnders! Brian May produced the theme song to this popular TV series. Sung by his second wife and cast member Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), it reached No.4 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1986.
Brian May and The Red Special
Ok, guitarists read no more, skip this. Anyone else who’s not guitar-savvy but a Queen fan might find it interesting to know that this guitar, together with his skillful playing, defined his much-admired signature style. So much so that, due to his ability to produce unusual sounds from this guitar, there was a sleeve note on Queen’s early albums stating that “No synthesizers were used on this album”. This guitar with unusual features was custom-built by Brian May and his father. Used by May since the early 1970s and having the neck built from a fireplace mantel earned it the nicknames ‘Fireplace’ and ‘the old lady’. Official replicas in multiple models have been manufactured by various companies including Brian May Guitars, Guild Guitar Company and Burns Guitars.
Among other achievements this legendary guitarist is also a Doctor of astrophysics and 3D stereoscopic photographic authority.