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**Mon 17 Aug 15**
Adam Lambert's latest album to be released on vinyl, 28 August 2015....
The Original High [VINYL] 2015 | Explicit Lyrics
Available to pre-order on Amazon HERE
Brian May plays on the track 'Lucy'.
**Mon 17 Aug 15**
Brian May, along with Denis Pellerin, will be presenting the short animated film, "One Night In Hell", at the Cambridge Film Festival in September. The festival runs from the 3rd to the 13th.
Day and time of Brian's session TBA.
Tickets will be on sale later this week http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk
MORE about the Festival
The Festival is delighted to welcome Dr. Brian May for a special 3D evening. Whilst he is best known as Queen’s guitarist and co-composer/arranger, he also is recognised for his interest in astronomy. Less known perhaps is his keen passion for stereoscopic photography; both as one of the world’s leading collectors and as a practitioner. He will come to talk about all things 3D with Dennis Pellerin, co-author of “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell”, and to present their stereoscopic short film One Night in Hell and a curated compilation of restored 3D rarities (4th September). One Night in Hell is a devilishly spectacular 3D animated short that tells the story of one skeleton's journey into stereoscopic hell. Following sold out screenings at MOMA - New York, Cambridge will premiere the UK premiere of 3D rarities, with material assembled and restored by the 3D Archive over the last 30 years. The screening features rare demonstration footage from the 20s, full colour 3D 'New Dimensions' first shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940 and long lost movies from the 50s including a controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from its release in 1953.
The Cambridge Film Festival, the UK's third longest-running film festival returns 3rd - 13th September 2015 for its 35th edition, at the Arts Picturehouse, the Light Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, 2015 also celebrates Festival Director Tony Jones’s 30th anniversary with the festival, which has been shaped by Tony’s passion and exceptional knowledge of cinema.
This year’s festival features specially selected screenings for everyone, from parents with babies to retirees, the programme offers a diverse mix of films of short and feature length spanning different genres including 7 World Premieres, 55 UK Premieres, with films from more than 30 countries, plus special guests and complementary events and workshops, all scheduled at convenient times and locations. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and funded by BFI Film Forever.
**Fri 14 Aug 15**
Brian May spoke by phone on 14 August 2015 to Peter Stewart for BBC Radio Surrey about his support of Heathpark Wood, Windlesham, Surrey residents against development plans for 140 unnecessary and unwanted houses, destroying woodland and displacing wildlife. - Broadcast 26 August 2015 on BBC Radio Surrey - Part 1 during the Breakfast show, continuing during Drivetime (from 5pm) the same evening.
**Thu 13 Aug 15**
Musician has hit out at plans for more than 100 homes, stating "housing is not needed" so there's "no excuse for destroying trees and wildlife communities".
Dr Brian May's Save Me Trust is backing the Windlesham Heathpark Wood Group's campaign. Campaigners are celebrating after a legendary rock star threw his weight behind their battle to halt plans for 140 homes in Windlesham. Queen guitarist Brian May, who is co-head of animal protection trust Save Me, has called ideas to build on woodland in the village where he lives ‘weak’ and said he will do all he can to raise awareness of the campaign.
It comes just days after the Windlesham Heathpark Wood Group hand-delivered its 10-page objection to Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC).
The group says Charles Church Southern Ltd and Sentinel Housing Association’s outline plan for the homes, community facilities, open space and landscaping at Heathpark Wood are unnecessary and would affect biodiversity.
Speaking this week, Dr May said he agreed and stressed he felt the case against development was so strong, it was ‘laughable’.
“The latest word from Surrey Heath Borough Council is it’s met its building quota, so housing is not needed,” he said. “It’s an open and shut case really. The case for such development is so weak and is obviously motivated by money. There are brownfield sites available so there’s no excuse for destroying trees that have taken hundreds of years to grow and wildlife communities that will never be replaced. People live in these places because they want to be by the woods and countryside and unfortunately unscrupulous people are making it impossible for that kind of environment to survive.”
TMS Campaigners against the Heathpark Wood development in Windlesham Campaigners against the Heathpark Wood development in Windlesham
A spokesman for Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, Persimmon being parent company to Charles Church, said it had formally consulted residents and used their feedback to inform its application.
“It is very important to us we build much-needed and desirable new homes that meet the needs of the local market within the parameters of the local plan,” they added.
However, Dr May said a victory in Windlesham would not only be of local importance, but highlight the need for wildlife protection nationally.
“It’s a local issue but it’s also a global issue because we are covering the world with concrete,” he said. “Everything is about the economy, money and building. We seem to be in going on this mania for growth and really what we need to protect is quality of life, compassion and decency, not just for ourselves but our neighbours and the animals that live in this country. We all have a right to exist, live, have some peace in our homes. I will support it [the campaign] in any way I can.”
Ann Fenton, chairman of the campaign group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have his group and himself [Dr May] as such a high profile supporter and we hope that will help to make people very aware of what’s going on. We are very passionate about this.
“It just seems ridiculous, especially as it was turned down in 1999 as unsuitable. You could say that things have moved on since then but actually they haven’t, it’s got worse because traffic is higher and the pressure on the village is more.”The borough council has set a tentative decision date for September 10.
**Tue 12 Aug 15**
EXTRACTS FROM TRANSCRIPT:
BRIAN MAY: All through those days in Queen, when we were on tour, normally I would get up in the morning and think, “Hmm, I'm in Philadelphia for one of the few times in my life.” You know, “What will I do?” Very often I would go up a tall building and get a lovely view of the city and go and take photographs.
... I mean, later on it changed. I remember starting to write “The Show Must Go On", and Freddie came and sat down beside me. And I said, “Look, I want you to participate. I want us to do this together”, and we absolutely discussed every single word and what it meant and what we were trying to do. ...
**Tue 11 Aug 15**
BUMBLEFOOT'S GUITAR GOD LESSONS - HOW TO PLAY LIKE BRIAN MAY
This is great!!! Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal demonstrates how to play guitar like Queen's Brian May. Bumblefoot's Guitar God's lesson...
**Sat 08 Aug 15**
SEE BRIAN'S COMMENT ON THIS ON BRIAN'S SOAPBOX
Queen guitarist and astrophysics expert Brian May has admitted he doesn't think aliens exist and believes life as we know it on Earth could be a ''one off'' event. The Queen guitarist has a PHD in astrophysics and is fascinated by space and although he'd love to discover proof of extra-terrestrials he thinks Earth maybe the only life-giving planet in the Universe.
In an interview on UK station BBC Radio 2, he said: ''I think it's possible that we're alone. I think it's possible that the life event was just a one off.''
Through his space studies, the 68 year-old musician - who is also vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA - just isn't convinced there is another planet similar to Earth with the right conditions for giving birth to complex lifeforms.
He added: ''I don't think there really is a matching planet. Everybody jumps on these things, 'Oh there might be life out there', but, so far, no.''
Brian - who is married to actress Anita Dobson - recently had a ''magnificent'' time at NASA with the team who sent the New Horizons probe to Pluto. The rocker was ''invited as a collaborator'' to the space agency's headquarters in Washington D.C. and admits it was an experience he will never forget.
He said: ''I was able to put together the first ever stereoscopic picture of Pluto. You see when we were kids it was a dot in the sky and nobody had any idea what it looked like, and suddenly you had these wonderful images coming back from the New Horizons probe as it scuds past it at 31,000mph, and I was there when these images came in and was able to put some together and it was a real thrill for me.'' MORE TRANSCRIPT HERE:
**Fri 07 Aug 15**
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**Wed 05 Aug 15**
If you missed this excellent 3-part documentary, or would like to enjoy it again - you can now pre-order on DVD, scheduled for release 7 September.
Available to Pre-order on AMAZON
A major three-part documentary series sees Anita Dobson starring as Elizabeth I, and Dan Snow takes to the sea to tell the story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in the summer of 1588. Newly discovered documents take us right inside the Spanish Armada for the very first time and reveal a missed opportunity that could have spelled the end of Tudor England.
Armada: 12 Days to Save England [DVD]
**Tue 04 Aug 15**
BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS
Following massive acclaim for their recent performance at the Arena di Verona, transmitted live on TV, responding to special demand in Italy, Brian May and Kerry Ellis are set to return for “One Voice – The Tour” including 6 shows in our country. Brian May is well-known as the legendary guitarist of Queen, and for his songwriting and production credits. Ellis has become one of the great new stars of London’s West End and Broadway. But Ellis and May as a pair have built up a large following for their live performances and on record, including the Kerry Ellis debut album Anthems, and their Acoustic by Candlelight live album and DVD. Tickets will be available from Wednesday Aug 5 at 11.00 am on www.ticketone.it.
Sun Feb 21 - ANCONA Teatro Le Muse
The artistic duo recently released ‘One Voice’ (see video https://youtu.be/0plWNDyA6Ig), written by Ruth Moody, co-founder of The Wailin' Jennys.
Said Brian May on brianmay.com: "This track is Art for Art’s sake. To me, it’s something I’m already proud of, with a magnificent vocal performance by Kerry Ellis, but also it has a crystal clear human message - “You have a voice … your voice CAN make a difference.”
The Brian May & Kerry Ellis’ project was born after the meeting of the two artists during the auditions for the debut of We Will Rock You the Musical in London where Kerry played the original role as Meat. Brian May produced her debut studio album 'Anthems' on 2010 followed by Anthems Tour on 2011. The following Born Free Tour was presented as a series of intimate and acoustic shows performed under candlelight where the pair perform to raise awareness of their work for the Born Free Foundation. Ellis and May released a live album from the first leg of The Born Free Tour, Acoustic by Candlelight' released on 2013.
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**Mon 03 Aug 15**
- and full programme on BBC iPlayer till 31 Aug 2015
TRANSCRIPT by Jen Tunney
E&OE (some parts indistinct)
TERRY WOGAN: Anyway, welcome, and I’m very glad of your company. I need you to lean on.
Fabulous to see top matchmakers Bryant and May on today and they’re going to be singing ‘If I were a Rich Man’ from “Fiddler on the Roof”. Look stop it, I mean Queen - it's master musician Brian May and soaring soprano, Kerry Ellis. A musical treat indeed.
I’m thrilled to say that I have some very distinguished musical guests, even as we speak, sitting very close to me and “Bamboozled” says “Lovely to see top West end star Jessica Ennis on your heptathlon today. Can you ask her to sing the Ring of Kerry, no, this is being deliberately obtuse. (Kerry laughing) Who have you gotten on your show today. who’ve you invited to play? Oh go on tell us is it Kerry Ellis and guitar master, Brian May? Surely is.
BRIAN MAY: Maybe.
TERRY: Oh yeah. How nice to see you both again.
BRIAN MAY: And to see you Terry, very good.
TERRY: The last time we were together I think was in, in the Union Chapel.
BRIAN: In the bitter cold.
TERRY: In the bitter cold. It’s nice and warm here in fact, not really. It’s the fact that it’s the size of a matchbox. There’s about 20 people in here.
KERRY ELLIS: (laughing) Amazing.
TERRY: Tell us all. Hold nothing back. This ‘One Voice’, this new single, what’s that about?
BRIAN: Well, it was brought to me actually. It was written by Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys and The Wailin’ Jennys are an American country band, but the song really got to me ‘cos it’s about using your voice and if you use your voice and you combine with someone else who’s not afraid to use their voice, then eventually it adds up to something great and actually and it, to me, it was absolutely perfect for the run-up to the election ‘cos so many people were saying, “Oh, don’t let’s bother to vote”, you know, and it was saying “You have a voice, use it.” So we - Kerry and I did a version of it, which I’m very proud of actually and we put it out as a kind of anthem for that, which was great, but it actually meant at the time that no one was allowed to play it on the radio ‘cos it was viewed as a political song, though it wasn’t really. It was like politically neutral in a sense, but yeah, love the song. We’re not gonna play that for you right now, are we?
TERRY: No you’re not, ‘cos you’ve suddenly decided you’re not gonna bother playing it. (laughter)
BRIAN: But we will play it later on.
TERRY: You are always difficult, Brian.
BRIAN: Oh yes.
KERRY: But we could sing “Happy Birthday: to you, though.
TERRY: No don’t.
KERRY: Isn’t it your birthday tomorrow?
BRIAN: We heard a rumour.
TERRY: I’m trying to keep that a well-kept secret.
(Reads): A little bird told me it’s your birthday tomorrow. How fortuitous was that, says this letter. A reminder to put my sprouts on in time for Christmas. I turned out to be good for something in the end. (laughter)
So it’s it’s been a few years since you met. Ten years ago isn’t it?
KERRY: Even longer, isn’t it.
BRIAN: Twelve or thirteen years since Kerry went into “We Will Rock You” and created the part of “Meat”. Yes we’ d done a lot of stuff over the years. Of course we’re both fairly busy so we don’t get THAT many windows.
TERRY: Have you had a lot of satisfaction watching Kerry’s career grow?
BRIAN: Yeah, I mean, it was meant to be. She’s an amazing performer, amazing. I mean I think unique, and yes, it was meant to be. She’s now getting some recognition.
TERRY: And have you, Kerry, watched his career grow?
KERRY: Absolutely. (laughing)
TERRY: And are you pleased with it?
KERRY: He’s doing very well.
TERRY: He is doing well.
KERRY: He has a lot of promise… fabulous. Yeah, ‘course I’m proud.
TERRY: Do enough people call you “Doctor”?
BRIAN: Not enough, I find. Not enough really. You work so damn hard to get to be a doctor, you do not want to be called “Mister”.
TERRY: Excuse me, a PhD in Astrophysics! You should be called Doctor.
BRIAN: Well I think so too. People saying, you know, “I’ve got a terrible problem with me knee, Dr May”, you know - it all becomes pear-shaped at that point.
TERRY: Yeah. Now you starred in a variety of West-end shows obviously, and then you decided to lower your sights and accompany Brian. (laughter)
KERRY: Well, yeah, I mean, kinda if our careers or my musical career has kind of run alongside the music I’ve been doing with Brian, so I kind of had this parallel career and I’ve been doing just a bit more of that in the last few years, which I love.
TERRY: And you met at a performance of “My Fair Lady”?
KERRY: We did.
BRIAN: Yeah I went to see...
KERRY: We didn’t meet, though. Brian came in to see the show and I didn’t actually know that he was in the audience until after and then I got…
TERRY: Well he’s hard to see in the audience - to pick out.
KERRY: I know. I should’ve known, shouldn’t I. And then he asked me to audition for “We Will Rock You”, which I did, seven times. (laughs)
TERRY: And did you eventually pass?
KERRY: I did.
BRIAN: Exactly. I don’t remember this seven times - I don’t think I was there.
TERRY: It’s funny the things people resentfully remember.
KERRY: Fourteen years later….
TERRY: Now you gonna sing two songs for us. We thought first of all it’d be a good idea if you did “I Who Have Nothing”, which is really a magnificent song.
KERRY: Thank you.
BRIAN: It’s a wonderful song. It started… it is an Italian song in the beginning and was adapted to be an English song and that’s how we came to it, ‘cos we do a lot of stuff in Italy. But a very dramatic song and we do it absolutely plain, simple, cut down, so every word and every syllable and every ‘uh’ and ‘ah’ comes across to you, I think, so this is how we do it.
TERRY: Do you mind if I lie down?
TERRY: It might be a bit emotional for you…
<SINGS/PLAYS: “I Who Have Nothing>
TERRY: Do you mind if I continue lying down? (laughing) That was sensational. Beautifully played, beautifully sung. We’d expect nothing less from both of you, and oh, there’s someone coming behind you… Somebody’s stealing your guitar.
BRIAN: It tunes rather differently for the next one.
TERRY: Oh I see. Well we have a treat in store, ‘cos there’s going to be ‘One Voice’. But let’s go back because in 2008 the pair of you sung at the Royal Variety Performance. Do you remember that?
BRIAN: Yes I do. It was quite traumatic.
TERRY: Was it?
BRIAN: Well we did it totally live which is actually quite rare.
TERRY: You’e just done this live. It was only the radio, of course.
BRIAN: Yes it was at that point quite a stretch really and we had a wonderful young drummer. It was his first public appearance really. It was Roger’s son, Rufus, who’s amazing drummer but he was petrified.
KERRY: He was like 17 at the time wasn’t he? I think 17, 18.
BRIAN: Yeah, amazing. He went on an absolutely killed it.
TERRY: And then another little signpost in 2013 - your live album, “Acoustic by Candlelight”.
BRIAN: Indeed. Yeah, we discovered - we were doing lot of big stuff with big orchestras in big bands and stuff and then in working on songs in the studio we generally started off just with an acoustic guitar and voice, sort of mapping them out - and we discovered we like them that way ‘cos they seem to come across very strong, like the song we just did. It’s so pure. There’s so little going on that the song really comes, comes forth in a very clear way, I think. So we decided to take it out on the road and it was a very nice experience. We we very intimate with it, with the audience - and we had candles…
KERRY: And video screen.
BRIAN: Video to show some, to make some points and we were actually doing it for Born Free as well, so that was a nice element to it of animals and because we both do a lot of work for to try to, you know, give animals a voice. So the whole thing came together and it was the acoustic by candlelight Born Free Tour, I guess.
TERRY: Yeah, I remember, yeah. That was when you came on the Union Chapel.
TERRY: We’ll be seeing you - will you flee Brian and get back on the stage.
KERRY: Well I was recently, I did a little stint in “Cats”. I took over the lovely Nicole Scherzinger, and I did a quick stint in that, which was fabulous, and I dropped back into “Wicked” for three months quite recently as well so, yeah, it’s kinda nice to drop back in when, when they need me, but I’m loving doing this.
TERRY: In the end you come fleeing to Brian
KERRY: I do, I do. I really enjoy this 'cos we get to be expressive. I get to be myself and and it’s just really enjoyable and I absolutely love it .
TERRY: Can I just ask Brian, where did you get the t-shirt, that says “GEEK”?
BRIAN: It came from NASA, you know. T his is a sort of spoof on NASA and the guys, I guess, it’s a way of sending themselves up, instead of, you know, you have the blue thing with with the orbiter…
TERRY: Yes of course.
BRIAN: … instead of saying “NASA” it says “GEEK”. It just tickled me pink and I thought it was funny. I just spent some time with the New Horizons guys, who sent the probe to Pluto, and it was just magnificent, fantastic fun. Course they’re all rock stars these days - all these astronomers and astrophysicists all play guitars, so we had a brilliant time in Laurel, Maryland.
TERRY: Do you still take an interest? Obviously you do in Astrophysics.
BRIAN: I do a lot, yes, and was great they invited me. I was quite shocked, actually, but they invited me as a sort of collaborator, which is great, and I was able to put together the first ever stereoscopic picture of Pluto. See when we were kids it was a dot in the sky and nobody had any idea what it looked like. Suddenly you have these wonderful images coming back from the New Horizons probe as it scuds past it at 31,000 miles an hour, and I was there when these images came in, and was able to put a couple together. So it was real thrill for me.
TERRY: And now we’ve got a matching planet some 25 million light years away.
BRIAN: They keep saying this. I don’t think is really a matching planet. You know, everybody jumps on these things. “Ah, there might be life there”, but, you know, so far no, … we don’t really see it.
TERRY: Do you think we’re alone in the Universe?
BRIAN: You know, I’m probably gonna be very unpopular for saying this. I think is possible that we are alone. I think it’s possible that the life event was a one-off and there’s this thing called “The Drake Equation”, which has all different components to it - the probabilities of things happening - but one other probabilities is actually a molecule of DNA spontaneously creating itself, and that’s a very very very low probability thing. So nobody knows. Yes, there’s billions and billions of stars in the galaxy; probably billions planets, but nobody really knows for sure.
TERRY: So we don’t know if ET will phone home.
BRIAN: Oh, there might be another Terry Wogan in another…
BRIAN: We don’t know this. “We just don’t know”, as Patrick would say.
TERRY: We might be very lucky. I wouldn’t be a doppelganger. So tell us - ‘One Voice’, you’re going to do this for us next. It’s gonna be a new single?
BRIAN: Yeah, it’s a single. We love it and I think the song’s rather beautifully put together. It starts off with once voice, then two voices to show what happens when two voices sing together, then three voices in harmony, which is something special,
TERRY: Hang on…
BRIAN: … then it’s all of us.
TERRY: … we’re surrounded.
BRIAN: We brought this enormous choir.
BRIAN: And it’s about using your voice and your voice can be heard. Your voice can make a difference.
TERRY: Who are our choristers here?
(IN BACKGROUND - indistinct: Emily, Anna, Jay…(?)
TERRY: We look forward to hearing it - you’ll be great. And on the keyboards
BRIAN: Mr Jeff Leach, who is an absolute genius.
TERRY: Hidden in a corner of this huge studio.
BRIAN: We rescued him from “Strictly Come Dancing”.
TERRY: (Laughing) Everybody needs to be rescued. ‘One Voice’ it is then.
BRIAN: (in background) Do you know how to play this thing?
<SINGS/PLAYS ‘ONE VOICE' with choir>
TERRY: That was lovely - really lovely.
<IN BACKGROUND: Hurrah.> Clapping
TERRY: Kerry Ellis, Brian May, assembled choristers, pianist, everybody - thank you.
KERRY: Thank you very much.
TERRY: That was terrific.
**Sat 01 Aug 15**
'One Voice' is the latest single from Brian May and Kerry Ellis and has been issued as a one track promotional only CD in the UK. Guitar by Mariano Bryner:
Brian May and Kerry Ellis will be on BBC Radio 2 this coming Sunday morning with Sir Terry, on "Weekend Wogan".
02/08/2015 - 11AM-1PM
Presenter - Terry Wogan
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