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Queen In 3-DWed 13 Apr - Sun 12 Mar 2017: V&A press launch
"Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear" exhibition
Wed 19 Oct - Talk on Charles Wheatstone, King's College, London.
Thu 20 Oct - Apps World Expo ExCel Centre, London
Talk by Denis Pellerin
Tue 8 Nov - Crinolines and other Victorian oddities: in 3D - talk by Denis Pellerin (Brian not attending). British Library
, London.
10 & 11 Feb '17 - European Astrofest, London - on sale PLEASE NOTE the displayed Conference Programme is for the previous Astrofest!!!
Spring '17 - "Queen in 3-D" stereo book - PRE-ORDER
- Brian May and Kerry Ellis "Anthems II" album
'In progress' - expected March 2017.
18-23 Jun 2017 - Starmus IV, Tromso, Norway. Tickets from 14/10/16. NOTE: Brian's attendance UNconfirmed.

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**Fri 21 Oct 16**
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Brian and Kerry Christmas Concert Tour 2016


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, ( 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.

All tickets already purchased are fully refundable at point of purchase.

Brian’s full Soapbox message can be found at:

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Thu 20 Oct 16**
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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


Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Charles Wheatstone poster
Charles Wheatstone

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**Fri 14 Oct 16**
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Brian working on 3D Book

Brian spent yesterday afternoon (13 October) working on the forthcoming "Queen In 3-D book", with Jamie Symonds and Denis Pellerin, and taking photographs.

Please check back for more from the day.

Pre-order "QUEEN IN 3-D" for Spring 2017 publication 1st Edition [AMAZON]

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**Fri 14 Oct 16**
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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 !!

Brian in video message to Convention 14 October 2016

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**Fri 14 Oct 16**
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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.

November 2016 cover - Fortean Times


November 2016


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.

"The first time I encountered a Diablerie card was very early on a cold, frosty morning in the late 1960s, in that romantic marketplace of curious antiquities of all kinds - Portobello Road Market in West London. Being already obsessed with all things stereoscopic, I used to go there every Saturday morning to browse around the stalls looking for stereoscopes, stereo cards, Viewmaster reels, stereo cameras, and anything related to what seemed to me a lost art; for the magic of 3-D had lit a spark in me that was to last a lifetime.

One morning, one of the street traders showed me something I had never seen before - a magical group of yellow-rimmed stereo cards showing scenes of skeletons and demons. These were apparently engaged in various activities that made it seem as if life in Hell might be quite similar to that on Earth; the fact that most of the inhabitants were no more than bags of animated bones did not stand in the way of them having fun! Viewed in the stereoscope these scenes jumped into life in an astonishing way, and it was evident that they represented a whole new Universe created by skilful sculptors - dioramas populated with characters beautifully modelled in clay and photographed in 3-D. But the magic did not stop there. The photographs mounted in these cards were monochrome - made in the 1860s, long before colour photography. Viewed with light shining on the front, in the usual way, the images were seen just in various shades of sepia - a 'day-time' view. But their creators had built colouring - and more - into them by ingenious means.

When the cards were held up to a bright light source, so that they became more illuminated from the back than the front, an amazing transformation happened.The pictures sprang into full colour, and the scene morphed from day into night: chandeliers, lanterns, and strings of incandescent torches burst into light against dark skies and murky waters, and hellish fires appeared from below. And to top it all, the eyes of the Devil and his skeletons and ghouls gleamed with an eerie red glow. No one viewing an original Diablerie tissue in a stereoscope for the first time can fail to be stunned by the ingenuity, the beauty,and the sheer madness of these small works of art."... (continues)

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**Tue 11 Oct 16**
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The talk will go ahead as originally planned - with Denis Pellerin.
[Editor: 23 October 2016]

Brian May talk British LibraryBrian 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".

British Library
Conference Centre
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Tue 08 Nov 2016
Price: £8.00 - £12.00

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

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**Mon 10 Oct 16**
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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

"I was dazzled by the musicianship and their originality. That's colossal. I could never do that. No way - in a month of Sundays could I learn that solo."

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.

Brian May

Brian May and Gary Cherone

Extreme "Pornograffitti Live 25" Official Trailer -

Pornograffitti Live 25 DVD cover
**Available October 14th. (Vinyl available in November) -

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**Fri 07 Oct 16**
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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.

Further details - and AMAZON [Deluxe 2-CD].

Badmotorfinger 25th Anniv set

New Damage: Soundgarden + Brian May previously issued on 1 February 1994 Greenpeace compilation "Alternative NRG". [AMAZON]


Alternative NRG

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**Fri 07 Oct 16**
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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
King's Building, Strand Campus
King's College London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST)


Brian May at Blythe House
Brian May at Blythe House, London

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**Mon 03 Oct 16**
June 18th to 23rd 2017
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Please note Brian May's attendance UNCONFIRMED
[LATER UPDATE: Brian unable to attend due to rehearsals]

Starmus 2017 Promo -

“A very exciting opportunity.”
Stephen Hawking

“After three successful festivals in The Canary Islands,
it is an honour to be invited to the scientific capital of
Norway, Trondheim, to expand Starmus and reach even
greater heights.”

Garik Israelian, Founder of Starmus

• The previous three Stamus festivals were held in The Canary Islands and this fourth event will take the festival to Trondheim, the thrilling scientific capital of Norway.

• This new location will enable Starmus to flourish in a vibrant cultural setting. The coastal city of Trondheim combines beautiful landscape with scientific and cultural centres, including a Nobel Prize winning university with nearly a thousand years of academic traditions. It is viewed as the technological and scientific capital of the Land of the Midnight Sun and will provide the perfect backdrop for a festival that showcases the best from both the academic and cultural world.

• Starmus is renowned to be the world's most ambitious science and music festival – the Guardian stated that the festival has “enough brains to fill a multiverse.”

• Starmus IV promises an even greater lineup of outstanding personalities in the fields of science education and space exploration, in addition to performances from the world’s greatest musicians.

• The festival will expand from audiences of 1000 to audiences of 10,000 plus.

• Stephen Hawking will present to his largest audience ever.

• Participants confirmed so far consist of a combination of some of the world’s leading academics in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, in addiction to a legendary cosmonaut, astronauts and an award winning composer: Stephen Hawking, Alexei Leonov, George Smoot (Nobel Prize Winner), Adam Riess (Nobel Prize winner), Robert Williams, Robert Wilson (Nobel Prize Winner), May-Britt Moser (Nobel Prize Winner), Edvard Moser (Nobel Prize Winner), Charlie Duke, Alan Stern, Michel Mayor, Jill Tarter, Brian Eno, Walt
Cunningham and Susumu Tonegawa (Nobel Prize Winner), Harrison Schmitt.

• More names to be announced next month.

• Tickets go on sale 24th October 2016

The stars of the international world of science will shine brighter than ever in Norway’s Trondheim, during the fourth Starmus Festival, to be held from June 18 to 23 2017. Under the title ‘Life And The Universe’ Starmus will once again celebrate a synthesis between science and music. The festival’s theme will be broad covering origin and evolution, the human brain, society and global issues.
The Starmus board consists of Stephen Hawking, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Richard Dawkins, Alexei Leonov, Robert Williams, David Eicher, Jack Szostak and the festival’s founder, Garik Israelian – these great minds will devise an incredible programme, recruiting the most intelligent, creative and artistic beings on the planet.

Starmus and its scientific and musical legacy:

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
world's most ambitious science event, which will in turn raise Trondheim’s status as a city of culture, science and technology.

About Trondheim:

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
and innovation. The university and its spin-offs is one of the main reasons why the city is referred to as the science and technology capital of Norway.

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.

About confirmed speakers:

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
cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

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.

Harrison Schmitt - an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor and former U.S. senator from New Mexico.In December 1972, as one of the crew on board Apollo 17, Schmitt became the first member of NASA's first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. As Apollo 17 was the last of the Apollo missions, he also became the twelfth person to set foot on the Moon, and as of 2016, the second-to-last person to step off of the Moon.

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.


This will be the fourth Starmus Festival since its 2011 debut.
04/10/2016 by Caroline Frost

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.

Brian May and Stephen Hawking

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

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**Sun 02 Oct 16**
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Mike Caswell with a Red Special guitar
Photo: Brian May Guitars

Mike Casswell
Photo from East of Java

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.

R.I.P. Mike.

East of Java
This is the hardest announcement we have ever had to make……….…We are stunned and shocked to announce the death of our band mate and long-time friend, Michael Casswell. Michael died in tragic circumstances on Friday whilst on holiday in Spain. We cannot find the words to describe how we are feeling at this extremely painful time. Michael was an absolutely gifted guitarist and we will miss him enormously as will his fans and followers too. We send our love and sympathy to his family and friends. Love & Peace X
2 October 2016 at 18:38·

Neil Murray
Remembering a good friend and brilliant musician, Mike Casswell, who played with me in the Brian May Band in 1992, on Cozy Powell's final solo album Especially For You (for which Mike co-wrote all the songs) and recently was a friend and colleague at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. He died in a tragic accident on holiday, and will be enormously missed by friends, family, students and anyone who knew him. Shocking news. R.I.P. Michael.
2 October 2016

Brian May Guitars
RIP Michael Casswell (18.06.63 – 30.09.16) • Sad to hear of the passing of a truly superb guitarist & a great supporter of Brian May Guitars

Brian May Style - Guitar Lesson DVD - Quick Licks - With Michael Casswell

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