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JULY 2019

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**Fri 26 Jul 19**
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROG !
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROG ! Congratulations on joining the Septuagenarians Club!!!

How about a night off in Detroit City to celebrate ?!!! Thanks Linda Geijs for the iconic vid.

It’s a celebration day !!! En route to Detroit Michigan on QAL Airlines. Rog is now very old.

Bri and Rog, Detroit Michigan flight 26 July 2019

Cheers

Bri

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**Thu 25 Jul 19**
"A DAY IN THE LIFE"
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“A Day in the Life” - retrospectively - on our non-travel day off (a rarity), here you can see before, during, and after the Houston Show yesterday.

Houston - Howdy
Houston - photo Brian May

Not gonna lie to you - after two shows on the trot at over 2 hours a time without any breaks, and travelling as well, my whole body feels like it’s been beaten up ! But in compensation there is the warm feeling of a job well done, and around 35,000 happy faces. I’m proud of our team and our new show. And last night, I felt I was worth the asking price. I played some notes nobody’s ever seen before !!! That’s something you can’t plan. “Doesn’t always work !”, as Tommy Cooper used to say.

Brian May: Good Memories Houston 24/0/72019 - https://youtu.be/WHWG2Uu-oYs

Houston - Bri on stage
Houston - photo Pete Malandrone

Cheers all !

Bri

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**Thu 25 Jul 19**
GREAT MEMORIES HOUSTON - PUT OUT WATER
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Houston
Houston - photo Peet Malandrone

Great memories of last night’s show at the Toyota Center HOUSTON. Thanks to the building management for making us so warmly welcome. Thanks to the amazing amazing folks who packed the place solid and made possibly the most incredible noise of the tour - and that’s saying somethin’, on this tour !!!

Houston
Houston - photo Pete Malandrone

Houston
Houston - photo Pete Malandrone

Houston
Houston - photo Pete Malandrone

And - wow - thanks to Houston critics ! Traditionally, Queen generally got massively good reactions in the shows and massively bad reviews ! So this is a bit of a shock !

Houston critics
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Bless ya, guys - we aim to please !

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Please !!! Remember we are not the only species that can struggle in the extreme heat. Help our precious wild animal neighbours to get through. Right now !

Put out water - HAWR

Bri

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**Thu 25 Jul 19**
R.I.P. PETER CHANT (QUEEN ACCOUNTANT)
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A sad day for us. Funeral of a dear friend. Peter Chant has been the Queen accountant for so many years - a rock of sensibility and sound advice through all the ups and all the downs of our career. He handled all the work personally, and had a unique style which in this day of electronic light-speed processing is already just a memory.

His analysis and prognostication was delivered with a wry humour and a characteristic resigned shake of the head. No matter how good our news was, for Peter there were always grounds for concern ! This is probably what made him the perfect foil for our insane ambitions. While we reached for the stars, he kept our feet firmly on the ground.

We will all miss Peter dreadfully.

Thank you for your wonderful work and your friendship.

Rest In Peace, old friend.

Bri

R.I.P. Peter Chant

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** Wed 24 Jul 19**
ANOTHER DAY... - DALLAS - AND - HOUSTON
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Brian May: Another day... another bike - Houston - https://youtu.be/aP7dbY3ku6s 

Good Morning ! Another day, another ... erm ... bike !! This one doesn’t have any wheels of course, but it kinda makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere ... this one is quite friendly - it’s in Houston.

We had an amazingly memorable night in Dallas last night - thanks guys. And special thanks to the fabulous Dallas Cowboys Cheer Leaders - how stunning was that !!! Proud to have you on stage with us, dear gals.

The speed of the tour whisks us away and already last night seems a long way away. Looking forward to flexing our muscles tonight in Houston. And watching our Texas folks flex theirs !!!

Well, gotta start with fitness. In mind and body. Sometimes it ain’t easy. That’s when you gotta try harder !!!

Rock On Folks !

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This is all have left to tell me that last night’s glorious performance with the wonderful Dallas Cowboys Cheer Leaders actually happened ! Some stray Pom-pom Strands, and a cherished memory !!! It was all too brief. I haven’t even seen any decent pictures yet. I’ll go look. Meanwhile ... bless ya’all. And a million thanks.

Parallel

Cross-eyed

Aaaah ! Giving it all last night - with the glorious Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Bless ya every one.

Bri and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
Photo credit: @gettyentertainment and Rick Kern.

Yeeeay ! At last ! Javier got much better footage of the Lovely Ladies from Dallas last night than anything I’ve seen. So I’m stealing this from Adam’s story ! Enjoy !

Help !!! We lost a knob ! Not just any old knob ... but, sadly, one I made myself over 40 years ago for the guitar that I made with my Dad. It disappeared just as Pete was packing up last night in the Dallas American Airlines Center. It must have fallen off at the least opportune moment.

PLEASE - if you know anyone who might know someone who might have picked it up ? Please let me or Pete know. It’s not that it can’t be replaced - Pete’s done that already - but the original has a great sentimental value for me. THANKS !!

Single Red Special knob

Red Special knob - stereo

Red Special showing two knobs

HOUSTON...

Thanks Lauren, Hillary and Hunter for the amazing NASA APOLLO jackets ! At the Houston Toyota Center tonight. Thanks all you guys for the great welcome backstage. TEXAS folks know a thing or two about hospitality !!!

Roger and Brian with Lauren, Hillary and Hunter and NASA Apollo jackets

Bri XX

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**Tue 23 Jul 19**
THANKS LA - HELLO DALLAS - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLASH
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Thanks LA
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Thanks Los Angeles for a wonderful warm reception at the Forum. People often say to us “Oooh ... the LA audience is tough - they’re not easily impressed”. But that has never been our experience. To us, Los Angeles is like a home run. The energy Of the Forum brings out the best in us, and I always go home feeling fulfilled.

This time was no exception. And perhaps more emotional than ever.

And on the second night it was great to share that serendipitous moment for ‘39, at the ‘live’ 50 year re-run moment when Armstrong and Aldrin were actually on the Moon. Who would have thought that such a coincidence could occur ! We were blessed !! Ah ... but astronomers don’t believe in miracles - right ?!!!

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Some more great shots from our second night at the LA Forum - all courtesy of the incredible Nuno Bettencourt - in cahoots with the unbelievable Steve Vai ! Thanks guys !

LA Forum - night 2 by Nuno Bettencourt
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Q+AL - Glitterball, LA 20/07/2019 - https://youtu.be/wJ-aLFqT554
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Bri and Freddie LA Night 2 by Nuno Bettencourt
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Bri surrounded by phone lights - The Forum, LA, 20/07/2019
By Permission Nuno Bettencourt

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Hello Dallas !!! This is what’s comin’ at ya tonight ! And so much more ! Oh Boy do we have a big surprise for you tonight !!! The Southern Heat of Texas has inspired us for 40 years. Tonight we bring it on home !!!

The Forum, LA 19 July 2019 - by Alex Kluft, UCR
The Forum LA, 19 July 2019 by Alex Kluft, UCR

Happy Birthday SLASH !!! The most blisteringly hot hard rockin’ guitarist on the planet.

Slash and Brian May

Bri

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**Mon 22 Jul 19**
TWO AMERICAN GIANTS
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Nuno Bettencourt and Steve Vai at The Forum
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This picture is going to keep me smiling warmly for a long time to come !! These two American giants of Rock Guitar getting excited about a spindly kid from Feltham, England, means the world to me. Love you guys !!!

Steve Vai, Bri and Nuno Bettencourt - The Forum

Them boys !!! Both virtuosos with skills beyond my wildest dreams. Both deeply gracious, caring and generous human beings. Proud to call them my buddies.

Bri

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**Sat 20 Jul 19**
DAY TO SALUTE THESE HEROES - AND - THE FORUM DAY 2 !!!
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It’s a day to salute these heroes - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and all the lesser-known heroes who played their part in the Space Race - culminating in Humanity’s first foot in another World, this day, 50 years ago. But most of all - these three guys, whose names will live forever. I salute !!

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins - sepia

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THE FORUM Los Angeles - DAY 2 !!! Looking forward to a great night. It’s that 50th Anniversary !! Of the immortal MOON LANDING ! So we have a small but special plan for tonight. Maybe it will work ! Gotta dare to try !!



Brian May: LA Forum Day 2 - 20/07/2019 - https://youtu.be/ULgLw7h2mOM

Cheers all

Bri

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