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SEPTEMBER 2015

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**Wed 30 Sep 15**
LEMMY KLIMSTER ON BRIAN MAY (NEW ITALIAN INTERVIEW)
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The Italian Journalist (and Brian May friend) Luca Garrò has had an interview in Italian with Lemmy Kilmister, dated 9/25.

See here: http://www.corrieredellamusica.it

TRANSLATION:

The press will not give you satisfaction, but people like Brian May, John Lydon and Dave Grohl define you the greatest rock n roll band in the world ...

"I'm very pleased to hear compliments of this kind, even if in fact you made me three names of friends, so it's easier that way. [...] Anyway, to get back to us, the three names you did represent three generations of musicians, so it means that we got where we wanted to get to the beginning of everything."

Returning to Brian May, the Queen guitarist appears for the first time in your studio album. How he was facing with his style?

"Brian is a great friend of us, and one of the musicians that I loved the most in my life. He is a wonderful person, a great human being and I think he is one of the most underrated musicians of all time, although it may seem paradoxical since the global success that he got with Queen. As you may know, he had already played with us on 'Overkill' at the concert for the 25TH anniversary at Hammersmith, so it was already officially in our history, but it was years that we wanted to do something together in studio. So we thought that our 40 years would be the perfect opportunity to realize this common dream: So here is how did the solo of 'The Devil'. It will be useful to shout up all those idiots who continue to see him as a pop guitarist!"

The disc was recorded completely live?

"Almost completely, if you consider some inevitable retouching, for example the Brian May solo we have mentioned previously [...]".

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**Wed 30 Sep 15**
ANNOUNCEMENT: ROCK STAR AND ASTROPHYSICIST BRIAN MAY VISITS PARANAL
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Brian May at Paranal
More photos below. Credit Paranal Observatory

On 28 and 29 September 2015, ESO’s Paranal Observatory welcomed a very special visitor — British rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, Brian May.

Unbeknownst to many, Brian May — famed for being the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Queen — has a passion for astronomy. In addition to holding a PhD in astrophysics, the guitarist is a science team collaborator for NASA's New Horizons mission, which flew past Pluto in July 2015.

ESO therefore decided to invite Brian May to come to Paranal while he was in Santiago, Chile, as part of his current South American Queen tour with Queen drummer Roger Taylor and American singer Adam Lambert.

ESO’s Paranal Observatory is located 130 kilometres south of Antofagasta, in the arid Chilean Atacama Desert. It is home to the four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes and four 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Paranal is one of the best sites for observational astronomy in the world.

Touring the facilities, May visited the telescopes at the summit of Cerro Paranal and spent the night at Paranal’s award-winning Residencia, which houses the staff working on site at the observatory.

The guitarist was welcomed in the observatory control room by the observing teams as an honorary visiting astronomer; and Monday evening’s activities included securing images of the asteroid named after him, the planet Pluto, and the celebrated Pillars of Creation [1].

May studied for his PhD degree at Imperial College London. His doctoral thesis (spanning 30 years!) focused on properties of the zodiacal light, a misty diffuse cone of light scattered by dust in the Solar System that appears in western skies after sunset and in eastern skies before sunrise. On a dark and clear night, Paranal is one of the best places on Earth to see this elusive feature of the sky, and, indeed, in a small window between sunset and moonrise last night, the evening Zodiacal Cone was seen and photographed by the team at Paranal.

[1] These observations did not affect the normal science operations of the telescopes. They were made at a time when poor seeing and full Moon meant that no other observations could be scheduled.

Brian May at Paranal

Brian May at Paranal


Brian May at Paranal

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**Tue 29 Sep 15**
PRESS RELEASE: STEPHEN HAWKING PRESENTS THE THIRD EDITION
OF STARMUS FESTIVAL IN TENERIFE
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Stephen Hawking with Starmus team

Caption: (l to r) Garik Israelian, Prof Stephen Hawking; Carlos Alonso, President of Tenerife Island Government; Anselmo Pestana, President of La Palma Island Government; Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy Minister for Tourismm Canary Islands Government; Iván Lozano, CEO of ATOS Iberia.

• The theoretical physicist returns to the Canary Islands to announce a star panel of speakers, including twelve Nobel laureates and renowned participants in the space race, who will headline the international festival from 27 June to 2 July 2016
• The third edition, “Beyond the horizon – A tribute to Stephen Hawking”, catapults this festival as the most ambitious one in science dissemination.
• In the words of Professor Hawking: “Starmus is Spain’s unique science festival and with this next edition confirms its position as a unique debating chamber for the future of the human race”

Tenerife, 28 September 2015 - Eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking returned to the Canary Islands to present the third edition of Starmus Festival, the largest international science event to combine music, art and science, which is to be held in the archipelago once again.

Prof. Hawking revealed the panel of attendees who will pay tribute to him at the next edition, under the tagline "Beyond the horizon – A tribute to Stephen Hawking". Also on stage at the press conference were Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy Minister for Tourism in the Canary Islands Government; Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government; Anselmo Pestana, President of La Palma Island Government; Manuel Cendagorta, General Manager of ITER; and Iván Lozano, CEO of ATOS Iberia, the latter two being co-sponsors of the festival.

This edition will bring together no less than twelve Nobel prize-winners which exemplifies the event's aim of bridging the gap between the general public and the exciting world of science through these inspiring figures. Another of the highlights will be the ‘Ask Hawking’ unique competition which, as in the previous edition, will enable members of the public to pose questions to the scientist.

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Stephen Hawking has expressed enthusiasm for this edition. The festival "will continue to pursue the aim of bringing together some of the best scientists, musicians and artists under one roof: the starry sky of the Canary Islands”

Garik Israelian, founder and director of Starmus, said that the festival "carries a powerful message inspired by the Canary skies, by Mount Teide and the pretty island of La Palma", and expressed pride that the event's values are "spreading around the planet, from amateurs through scientists to some of the world's leading artists".

MORE INFO: www.Starmus.com

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