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FEBRUARY 2015

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**Sat 28 Feb 15**
SHEFFIELD - END OF AMAZING TOUR - MADE US FEEL LOVED
- WE HAD A BALL

+ SELFIE MOMENT
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A fitting final show ! We had a great time tonight in a gloriously crowded house in Sheffield. The selfie stick moment was this time - it actually looked like a Mexican Wave from where I was standing - and I had to move to try to keep up with it, without making the pan too fast for faces to be clear. I gotta say that this great world metal capital city crowd did not disappoint, and I felt we delivered at pretty much optimum level.

The end of the tour is a strange moment for us … we all need time to recharge, and reclaim our home lives, but the moment when the last chord ends brings a strange mixture of emotions. It’s been a wonderful team on this tour … both on stage and off, on stage and backstage - a kind of touring army with great skills, more dedication than could be asked, and immense camaraderie. We will all wake up in the morning and feel a pang of sadness that it’s over. Well, come September, we are hoping to reconvene, and gear up for a return to the monumental Rock in Rio stage, 30 years after we launched it (with Freddie and John of course) in the Good ‘ol Days. Well, as Roger’s excellent song reminds us … THESE are the Good ol' Days too … and we all feel 'thankful, grateful and blessed' … and, right now (after an excellent celebration on the plane ride home!), in need of some sleep !

Good night folks, and thanks to ALL of you who sang and cheered and laughed and cried on this amazing tour. And made us feel loved !

We had a ball.

Cheers

Bri

SHEFFIELD The last SELFIE STICK VIDEO (mono version.)

Thanks folks - it's been so much fun.

Bri


Selfie Stick Video - SHEFFIELD arena [February 27, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/F3pbw_Adegc

Sheffield Selfie

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**Fri 27 Feb 15**
HEY SHEFFIELD ROCKERS !

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Hey Sheffield Rockers ! Are you ready for a night of fantasy and delight ?!!!

Bri

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They stole my song !!! Ha ha.

Too Much Sleep


You might say this is unfair, but does this picture say it all ? Unfairness? Corruption? Time for action?

Fat cat

Bri

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**Fri 27 Feb 15**
LIVERPOOL - TIL SOON
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Love ya Liverpool !

Til soon.

Bri

Liver bird
Liver bird

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**Fri 27 Feb 15**
LIVERPOOL - YOU GOT THE MOJO !

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Liverpool ! Love the Liverpool crowd … noisy and rockin' and full of fun. THANKS FOLKS !!! That was a tonic for me. You got the mojo !

THANKS LIVERPOOL - one of the best nights ever. I was a happy boy. Still buzzin'. Nice One @SteveGoudie TA !

Liverpool by Steve Goudie

Liverpool - by Steve Goudie

I hope my Beatles rendition was OK … it was offered with deep respect.

Well, I sincerely hope it’s not the last time we meet. And I hope you can find yourself in the video ! !

Our Selfie Stick Video is up ! Enjoy - Hope you can see yourself.

Love

Bri

Selfie Stick Video - LIVERPOOL Echo arena [February 26, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/MvVuYN7bWNE

Stick Selfie Liverpool

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**Thu 26 Feb 15**
LOVELY SCOUSERS - ARE YOU READY ?!
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Hey lovely SCOUSERS !!! Are you ready ? ! To Rock ! ?

See ya' out there.

Bri
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**Wed 25 Feb 15**
NO COMMENT NEEDED HERE
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HUFFINGTON POST
David Tredinnick, Tory MP, Says NHS Doctors Could Use Astrology To Treat Patients
24 February 2015

… No comment needed here. Except to say this man sits in the HOC, running our country

Bri

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**Wed 25 Feb 15**
HENDRIX VS DIMEBAG ?!
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Hendrix vs Dimebag ?! Do you have an opinion ?

ULTIMATE GUITAR
Showdown Semi finals - Jimi Hendrix vs Dimebag Darrell

Bri

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Editor:
The voting ends on February 25 at 11:59 PM EST. The next pair [Brian May and J Frusciante] will be up on February 26. And may the finest axe-wielder win!

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**Wed 25 Feb 15**
WEMBLEY - OUR RETURN TO LONDON (+ SELFIE VIDEO)
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This is the selfie stick video from our return to London after about 5 weeks on tour in Europe …


Selfie Stick Video - LONDON Wembley SSE arena [February 24, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/WTXCC0BdEjc

And of course Wembley Arena is a place which figures a lot in our (Queen) history.  So many times we played here in the Old Days.  I never did figure out why, when they did restoration works on it a few years ago, they didn’t make it into a proper elliptical arena, instead of leaving the back corner seats facing inwards in a kind of unwieldy rectangle.  I hope you guys in those seats were able to see and hear properly tonight.   Well, you all LOOK great in the Video !  And it felt like a great gig in terms of contact.  

It wasn’t the easiest night for me … for reasons to do with playing ‘at home’ - which can be stressful.  And I felt I was less than 100 per cent focussed, no matter how hard I concentrated.  But I believe it was a really good night - I’m happy to see the great comments coming in.  And of course the selfie stick moment was fun !   For you too, I hope.   

I hope you can see yourself - make sure you select the highest resolution, using the ‘gear wheel’ icon at the bottom right of the frame.  

Cheers !
Bri 

Wembley arena

Wembley arena

Wembley arena

Wembley arena

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**Tue 24 Feb 15**
WEMBLEY !! ARE YOU READY ?
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Bloody Hell ! Wembley !!

Are you ready folks ?

Bri

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**Mon 23 Feb 15**
BLACKWATER !?
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This is very odd ... Black water ?!

Bri

Black water

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**Sun 22 Feb 15**
DEAR FOLKS OF KRAKOV
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Dear folks of Krakóv !!!

Thank you for a very emotional night in your company.

Selfie up soon !

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It was one of those nights when I had so much in my head I wanted to say, but couldn’t quite say it. I hope the notes I played said it all. Thanks, dear folks of Krakóv … it felt like a very emotional connection. A first meeting, and one to remember forever. I wish I could have ‘selfie sticked’ the incredible view during Love of my Life … when you all lit up your phones … so beautiful and touching. But this is pretty nice too - I hope it will give you pleasure. Don’t forget you can click the small ‘cog’ - or gear wheel at the bottom right of the picture, and then choose how high you want the resolution to be. Your computer will otherwise just adjust the resolution to the speed of the connection, so it may look crap ! Stereoscopic version to follow !!

Cheers all

Bri

Selfie Stick Video - KRAKOW arena [February 21, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/rmqeDi2O6Tk

KRAKOW IN 3-D !! - and thanks again folks. Click the gear wheel for settings

Bri

Selfie Stick Video |3-D | KRAKOW arena [February 21, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/d5UMNrGyjfY

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**Sun 22 Feb 15**
ONE BRAVE MAN
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One brave man of compassion fights vile fox hunters.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Society/article1522334.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_02_21

Bri

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**Fri 20 Feb 15**
KRAKOW IS BEAUTIFUL !
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KRAKOW is beautiful ! Excited to be here - a first.

Even more excited to play here for the first time tomorrow !

ROCK !

Bri

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**Fri 20 Feb 15**
THANKS FOLKS - ULTIMATE GUITARS
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Well gotta say big THANKS to all you kind folks who voted for me.

Don't quite know what I think of all this.

Bri

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**Fri 20 Feb 15**
MARIA EAGLE DETAILS LABOUR ANIMAL PLEDGE
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Labour's plans to protect animals; Maria Eagle details her pledge:

http://www.labour.org.uk/
Six things you need to know about Labour's plans to protect animals

Bri

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**Thu 19 Feb 15**
ZURICH - BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT

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Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. For so many years we have felt at home here in the fabulous HallenStadion … it just felt like a privilege to be back, and to such an inspiring audience. Such a mixture of ages and persuasions … but you ‘got’ every morsel, every syllable, and drew out of me some things I hadn’t previously known were in me !

Zurich selfie moment in record time !!! Enjoy !!!

- and thanks Zurich !

Hope you can find yourself in our SELFIE STICK Vid !!

Bri


Selfie Stick Video - ZURICH Hallenstadion [February 19, 2015]
- Brian May - http://youtu.be/cDpbOTTZwp4

Zurich selfie moment

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**Wed 18 Feb 15**
MANIFESTO - 'LABOUR PROTECTING ANIMALS'
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MANIFESTO - ‘Labour: Protecting Animals’
- http://b.3cdn.net/labouruk/1c898776c42677bb69_eum6vj1eg.pdf

An impressive opening salvo from Maria Eagles.

Bri

Labour Protecting Animals

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**Wed 18 Feb 15**
TELEGRAPH'S IMPARTIALITY COMPROMISED
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Powerful article from resigning journalist - Telegraph's impartiality compromised by advertising income.

A disgrace.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/peter-oborne/why-i-have-resigned-from-telegraph

Bri

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**Wed 18 Feb 15**
PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: BRIAN MAY AND SAVE ME TRUST
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We are pleased to see the Labour Party once again taking a firm position on animal welfare. We’re confident these issues are high in the priorities of many voters. Under the present regime, British wildlife is severely persecuted and declining in all areas due to many factors, all of which are man-made. Until we begin to respect Nature and our planet’s needs, we will continue to see the decline of populations precious in their own right, and vital to our own health and existence. Business interests must no longer be the driving force in decision-making for the countryside. The very existence of our unique flora and fauna is in the hands of our Government. At present there is no minister representing wildlife - only the commercial interests which are essentially at war with what remains of our wildlife. The last five years have shown more than a 50% decline in our farmland birds. We must not allow this irreversible destruction to continue.

1) Defending the Hunting Act which the Tories plan to repeal

The Hunting Act has been in existence for 10 years now, with none of the resulting ill effects on the 'hunting economy’ that were predicted when the Act came into force. In fact many hunts that are legitimately humane are now flourishing. Despite the bullying of organisations like the Countryside Alliance these new, modern hunts have adapted to the demands of decency. We, as Save-Me, are now working closely with several of these hunts that have disassociated themselves from cruelty. Having changed from blood hunting to true drag hunting, they reject the idea of attempting to repeal the Act, which is there to protect wild animals from unnecessary suffering. As a result, they have seen an increase in their followers. Labour has led the way on the Hunting Act, and their continued commitment speaks for itself. We must not be plunged back into the Dark Ages by outdated barbaric traditions; decent people do not want to see a return to sadistic sports in the countryside.

2) Banning the cruel practice of wild animals in circuses

We congratulate Labour on committing to this ban. The present Government has shamefully pandered to vested interests, and refused to ban this heinous activity, putting us behind most other countries in animal welfare achievements.

3) Ending the Government’s ineffective and inhumane badger culls

We, as Save-Me, and, in cooperation with all major British Animal Welfare campaigns as Team Badger, have spent three years campaigning against this murderous shambles of a policy. Badger culling has failed on every level, as was predicted by all independent scientists in the field. The culling policy was created out of ignorance, arrogance, and dirty promises, and has no credible role in the fight against bovine TB. We applaud Labour for their scientific and humane stance on this issue.

4) Improving the welfare of dogs and cats by reviewing ineffective regulation of their breeding and sale

It is essential we protect the voiceless and vulnerable animals with which we share our lives. The ugly pet industry has become completely corrupted by money-making, and conditions on puppy farms have been exposed as cruel beyond belief. Labour have now pledged to lead the way with man’s best friends. Puppies must never be sold without their parents being present. As animal lovers and unwilling first-hand witnesses of so much cruelty, we, as Save-Me, are delighted to see this continued commitment to reform.

5) Tackling wildlife crime and reducing animal cruelty on shooting estates

The shooting industry has grown out of control and is devoid of humanity. Its practice kills badgers, foxes, stoats, weasels, owls and endangered birds of prey without any regard for cruelty, damage to our ecosystems, and the impoverishment of the land they profess to protect. Shooting estates create the notorious birds sinks recorded by the RSPB, where all raptors just disappear, inhumanely removed. We support and applaud Labour in their pledge to investigate these appalling wildlife crimes.

6) Leading the fight against global animal cruelty

The links between illegal wildlife crime and nationwide organised crime are beyond any doubt now, and, for the sake of all wild animals, we need to put all efforts into the fight against this savagery. Many animals are disappearing right now from our planet - slow lorises and pangolins that now constitute 20% of the illegal wildlife trade are being threatened with extinction. We applaud Labour for taking the first extinction. We applaud Labour for taking the first committed step towards ending this appalling activity.

Signed: Brian May
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Anne Brummer, CEO, Save Me Trust

CONTACT:

Anne Brummer
CEO, Save Me Trust
mailto: natalie@save-org.uk
01344 625800 07952 639849

Phil Symes
PR Contact
mailto: philsymes@theprcontact.com

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**Wed 18 Feb 15**
PETITION: PARDON CONVICTIONS UNDER ANTI-GAY LAWS
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British Government: Pardon all men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws

https://www.change.org

We should all sign this.

Bri

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**Tue 17 Feb 15**
PRAGUE
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Selfie Stick Video - PRAGUE O2 [February 17, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/WLisU_JhTgw

Thanks for a great reception and interaction in Prague. You guys have your own style.

A night to remember.

Cheers
B

Prague selfie

Prague Selfie
Prague

Prague Selfie
Prague

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**Tue 17 Feb 15**
HERNING SHOW ! - SEE YOU IN PRAGUE TONIGHT !
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First time any of us ever visited Herning, and it was a treat. I know there were many faithful fans who travelled from Norway, Finland, Sweden, as well as from all over Denmark. A lovely warm, noisy crowd of people, every one of which I swear spoke perfect English. So the fact that my cue sheet for speaking Danish got lost was not such a calamity !

God Aften Danske !! and … TAK ! to you all. I hope we’ll be back some day.

Selfie Sticking in Denmark !!!

Selfie Stick Video - HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen [February 15, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/Aia9BvYeDTE

Herning selfie

Enjoy ... and ... THANKS !

See you in Prague tonight, Folks !

Ready to Rock. Ready to roll.

Bri

Adam and Brian

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**Tue 17 Feb 15**
STUTTGART FOLKS !
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STUTTGART FOLKS !

Thanks folks for one of the best nights of the tour for me. You guys gave us back so much.

Finally Our Selfie moment (in mono for now)


Selfie Stick Video - STUTTGART Schleyerhalle [February 13, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/r1MnD0Sv6n4

Thanks again. Great Nite.

Bri

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**Mon 16 Feb 15**
MAY THE BEST MAN WIN

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Thanks guys ! May the best man win !

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/ug_news/ug_showdown_quarterfinals_brian_may_vs_jimmy_page.html

ha ha.

Bri

Ed. The voting ends on February 18 at 11:59 PM EST.

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**Mon 16 Feb 15**
THANKS HERNING

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Thanks @lovesummer22 [Mathias Bermann ?] Awesome shot!

Herning audience from above

http://instagram.com/p/zKI20kOE9p/

and thanks all you folks who journeyed to Herning.

Amazing night for us.

Bri

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**Mon 16 Feb 15**
COMPLAIN TO BBC COUNTRYFILE BIAS
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Please complain to the BBC if you were disgusted by Countryfile's biased reporting of Fox-Hunting issues.

Bri

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**Mon 16 Feb 15**
DEMAND AN END - AUSTRALIAN GREYHOUND INDUSTRY
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Good Australian folks must demand an end to this disgustingly cruel industry.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-16/live-baiting-expose-to-rock-greyhound-industry/6109878

We will support you.

Bri

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**Mon 16 Feb 15**
THANKS HERNING
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Herning audience
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Thanks Herning ! First meeting and an amazing feeling of contact.

I lost my "God Aften Danske !!" words !

Bri

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