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**Fri 21 Oct 16**
Brian May and Kerry Ellis today announced with great regret the indefinite postponement of their December concert dates in the UK. May and Ellis were set to perform 11 ‘Candlelight Concerts’ in the three weeks leading up to Christmas. Apologizing to fans through a personal message posted on his official website, (www.brianmay.com) Queen’s Brian May explains that he is fighting ‘a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will’, and doesn’t feel confident to perform the shows to the standard expected.
May comments: “I’m gutted to have to pull out - I hate letting our loyal fans down. But the advice I have had is that I must take time off to heal, rather than go out on tour again and risk falling down on the job, which would be much worse.”
Kerry Ellis comments: "Brian is a dear friend of mine and obviously his health must come first. I was so looking forward to touring the UK again with Brian. I know so many of you had bought tickets for an early Christmas treat, and I am truly sorry that we are letting so many of you down. But we will be back next year for sure, with new music for you all to hear.”
A consolation for disappointed fans is a newly recorded studio album from May and Ellis, titled ‘Anthems II’, which is scheduled for release in March.
Thu 20 Oct 16**
A well-supported event last evening, 19 October, where the audience enjoyed an entertaining, illustrated talk (with full 3-D slide projection), at King's College, London, covering the research on Charles Wheatstone, Father of 3-D and Virtual Reality, recently undertaken by Brian May and Denis Pellerin. The talk was introduced by Geoffrey Browell, Head of King's College Archives.
Enthusiasts from many part of the world attended. The talk was followed by a question and answer session, during which Brian gave a lovely demonstration of making stereo pictures with his iPhone, with aid of an App, and how to view immediately with an OWL viewer. QED !!
Brian spent time earlier in the day, looking at Wheatstone's stereoscopes and photographic equipment in King's archives.
READ report on their research HERE
**Fri 14 Oct 16**
Please check back for more from the day.
Pre-order "QUEEN IN 3-D" for Spring 2017 publication 1st Edition [AMAZON]
**Fri 14 Oct 16**
GREAT news from the Fan Club Convention!!
In his video message to the Queen Fan Club Convention-goers at Mablethorpe, UK, today, Brian shared news that Queen + Adam Lambert would be touring again soon !!
**Fri 14 Oct 16**
A scene from Brian May's "Diableries" book, co-authored with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, graces the cover of the November 2016 Halloween issue of Fortean Times, currently on sale. A fascinating 6-page artclewritten by Brian, "Diableries - The Devil in 3-D", appears on Page 26 - 31.
DAIBLERIES - THE DEVIL IN 3-D
In the second half of the 19th century, Paris was overtaken by a new sensation - stereoscopic cards in which the Devil and all his works were shown in astonishing, and often humourously satirical, detail. BRIAN MAY tells how he fell under their diabolical spell and with fellow fiends DENIS PELLERIN & PAULA FLEMING explores the technological and cultural background of these hellish creations.
**Tue 11 Oct 16**
PLEASE NOTE: AS BRIAN IS ILL, IT IS EXPECTED THAT HE IS UNAVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.
Brian May has just confirmed that he will in fact be available to give a talk, along with Denis Pellerin, at the British Library on Tuesday 8 November 2016. The subject will be "Crinolines and other Victorian oddities: in 3D".
Brian May and Denis Pellerin present an evening of Victorian fantasies, seen through the Stereoscope
Queen guitarist and passionate stereocard collector Brian May, and photography historian Dennis Pellerin, are co-authors of several collections of stereoscopes – double photographs from the Victorian era which, seen through special viewers, create remarkable 3D images.
First developed as a scientific toy, the stereoscope was soon considered a remarkable instrument of entertainment and education. The craze for stereoscopes precisely overlapped with the craze for Crinolines. These voluminous underskirts were immensely popular between 1856 and 1867, but were severely impractical, caused accidents and deaths and proved to be a serious fire hazard. Although the hoops and inflatable frames disappeared, this wonderful humorous imagery produced of them during the Crinoline decade has lasted intact over the centuries – and is rediscovered in this presentation.
This event will also show some fantastical 19th-century ‘Diableries’ – a ghoulish underworld of devils, satyrs and skeletons – and other amazing visions from the era; all on the big screen. Special 3D glasses will be supplied.
The speakers will be signing copies of their jointly authored books Crinoline, Diableries and The Poor Man's Picture Gallery after the event.
Please note, the authors will be unable to sign personal items or memorabilia.
In association with The London Stereoscopic Company
**Mon 10 Oct 16**
Brian May pays homage to Extreme and Nuno Bettencourt's amazing guitar prowess in the 'Rockshow' documentary, included in this new release BluRay/DVD/CD
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band’s career. To mark the anniversary, Loud & Proud Records releases PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN, a 3-disc set as part of their four-part “Metal Meltdown” DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety. The BluRay/DVD/CD release also features a documentary that takes fans through Extreme's story, archive footage and a photo gallery.
**Fri 07 Oct 16**
SOUNDGARDEN celebrates the 25th anniversary release of its classic 1991 album "Badmotorfinger" by releasing four special editions on November 18 via UMe/A&M Records.
A number of previously unreleased tracks are being made available across the formats including a version of "New Damage" featuring Brian.
New Damage: Soundgarden + Brian May previously issued on 1 February 1994 Greenpeace compilation "Alternative NRG". [AMAZON]
**Fri 07 Oct 16**
Brian May and Denis Pellerin are giving a talk on Victorian Stereoscopy, focussing on Charles Wheatstone, for which they recently engaged in research at Blythe House, London on 12 August this year - [SEE SOAPBOX 13/08/2016] and BRIAN NEWS 16/08/2016 and will be sharing their findings.
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre
FREE EVENT - REGISTRATION NECESSARY to obtain your tickets HERE.
**Mon 03 Oct 16**
Please note Brian May's attendance UNCONFIRMED
“After three successful festivals in The Canary Islands,
Starmus Festival was born in 2011, the brainchild of astrophysicist Garik Israelian. His aim was to make the most universal science and art accessible to the public and that he achieved with three festivals that reached full capacity with participation from the world’s most influential scientists and astronomists along with superstar musicians. The magic of Starmus is not confined to science - music is also an essential component of the festival. One of the most prominent members of the Advisory Board, the great Peter Gabriel, former leader of UK band Genesis, highlights the close ties between astronomy and music: "Musicians explore and define what exists inside us, astronomers explore and define what exists outside of us. That's precisely what I love about Starmus: the combination of the two worlds".
With an unbeatable panel of great minds, the countdown shall begin to the next Starmus, in June 2017, amid considerable international expectation. Over the coming months, the organisation will unveil new features and surprises in connection with the
Trondheim is a renowned location for students and academics. It has been ranked several times as Norway’s most impressive student city and has long standing traditions in education with a Cathedral School that has been in existence since 1152. The roots of today’s university go all the way back to 1760, with the establishment of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS). The city has a population of more than 188,000, with 33,000 students attending and nearly 7000 employees working at the university, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The University contributes an incredibly high level of science, education
Trondheim also has a vibrant cultural life. The city hosts festivals in genres including jazz, blues, chamber music, world music, rock and pop all year round with a peak during the summer when the light almost never leaves. During the Starmus festival in Trondheim in June 2017, the sun will go down at midnight and rises at 3am. Situated just above 63 degrees north, the coastal city which was founded more than a thousand years ago (997), with its strong academic traditions combined with a cultureloving population is the perfect location for a festival such as Starmus, which brings out the best of both worlds.
Stephen Hawking – an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. A keynote speaker at the previous two festivals, at Starmus IV Hawking will share his wisdom with what hopefully will be his largest ever audience.
May-Britt Moser - a Norwegian Professor of Neuroscience, Founding Director of the Center for Neural Computation and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. May is interested in how spatial location and spatial memory are computed in the brain. Her work includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex which provides clues to a neural mechanism for the metric of spatial mapping. May-Britt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 together with long term collaborator Edvard Moser and John O’Keefe for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.
Edvard Moser - a Norwegian Professor of Neuroscience, Founding Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Center for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Edvard is interested in how spatial location and spatial memory are computed in the brain. His work includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex which provides clues to a neural mechanism for the metric of spatial mapping. Edvard was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 together with long-term collaborator May-Britt Moser and John O’Keefe for their discoveries of
Alexei Leonov - a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major general. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extravehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk. As of March 2016, Leonov is the last survivor of the five cosmonauts in the Voskhod programme.
Charlie Duke - an American engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and a former astronaut for NASA. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.
Robert Williams is an astronomer who served as the Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) from 1993 to 1998, and the President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) from 2009 to 2012. As the Director of STScI, he decided to devote a substantial fraction of his Director's Discretionary time on Hubble Space Telescope during 1995 to the study of distant galaxies. This resulted in the Hubble Deep Field, a landmark image in the study of the early universe. For his leadership on this project, he was awarded the 1998 Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, the 1999 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the 2016 Karl Schwarzschild Medal.
Alan Stern - an American engineer and planetary scientist. He is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Chief Scientist at Moon Express. Stern has been involved in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including eight for which he was the mission principal investigator. One of his projects was the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, an instrument which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999. Stern has also developed eight scientific instruments for planetary and near-space research missions and has been a guest observer on numerous NASA satellite observatories, including the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Infrared Observer and the Extreme Ultraviolet Observer.
Brian Eno - an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient and electronic music as well as his influential contributions to rock, worldbeat, chance, and generative music styles. A selfdescribed "non-musician," Eno has advocated a methodology of "theory over practice" throughout his career, and has helped to introduce a variety of unique recording techniques and conceptual approaches into contemporary music. He has been described as one of popular music's most influential and innovative figures.
George Smoot - an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, Nobel laureate, and one of two contestants to win the US$1 million prize on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation". This work helped further the Big Bang theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite.
Adam Riess - an American astrophysicist and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute and is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. Riess shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Brian P. Schmidt for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.
Jill Tarter - is an American astronomer and the former director of the Center for SETI Research, holding the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute. Tarter has worked on a number of major scientific projects, most relating to the search for extraterrestrial life. As a graduate student, she worked on the radio-search project SERENDIP, and created the corresponding backronym, "Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations".
Michel Mayor - a Swiss astrophysicist and professor emeritus at the University of Geneva's Department of Astronomy. He formally retired in 2007, but remains active as researcher at the Observatory of Geneva. He is co-winner of the 2010 Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize, and the winner of the 2015 Kyoto Prize. Together with Didier Queloz in 1995 he discovered 51 Pegasi b, the first extrasolar planet orbiting a sun-like star, 51 Pegasi.
Robert Wilson - an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB). The award purse was also shared with a third scientist, Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa, for unrelated work.
Walt Cunnigham - a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian astronaut (after Neil Armstrong and Elliot See), and has also been a fighter pilot, physicist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author of The All-American Boys, lecturer, and host of the radio show Lift-off to Logic.
Susumu Tonegawa - a Japanese scientist who was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987, for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. Today he is one of the world’s pioneers on studies of the substrate of memory in the brain.
More names to be announced shortly.
There’s some exciting news for astronomy fans who haven’t been able to get to the Canary Islands for Brian May and co’s Starmus Festivals.
Brian and his fellow leading lights in the world of astronomy will be bringing the Festival to mainland Europe for 2017, with next year’s event to take place in Norway’s scientific capital of Trondheim.
Names already confirmed to be joining Brian in the Land of the Midnight Sun include Stephen Hawking and a host of Nobel Prize winners, scientists and musicians including Brian Eno.
The new venue will see audiences expand from its customary 1,000 festival-goers to around 10,000, including a presentation by Stephen Hawking to his largest-ever audience.
This will be the fourth outing for Starmus, which brings together top brains and creative talents from the world of astronomy, science, academia and music. The Festival’s board consists of Stephen Hawking, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Richard Dawkins, Alexei Leonov, Robert Williams, David Eicher, Jack Szostack and the festival’s founder Garik Israelian.
Tickets will go on sale from 14 October at www.starmus.com
**Sun 02 Oct 16**
Very sad to hear of news of the passing of brilliant guitar player, Mike Casswell on Friday 30 September 2016 - in a tragic accident, while on holiday. Sincere condolences to his family, band mates and friends. Mike was in the first incarnation of The Brian May Band's South American Tour. Many will have benefited from Mike's Lick Library - see below.
East of Java
Brian May Guitars
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