July 26, 2007 |
Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen. The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks. May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when Queen, which included Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, was formed in 1970.
May 3, 1997
Brian May, 63, Australian film composer who wrote theme songs and musical scores for 33 motion pictures. Perhaps the best known of May's film music were the scores for "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max." Others were for "Dr. Giggles," "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," "Hurricane Smith," "Steel Dawn," "Missing in Action II: The Beginning" and "Gallipoli." For television, he composed music for "Tales From the Crypt," "Dark Justice," "Return to Eden" and "The Last Outlaw."
June 16, 1996 |
In the summer of 1958, actor Hugh O'Brian received the invitation that would change his life. O'Brian, then 33, was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, parlaying his fame as television's legendary Wyatt Earp into extra income by guest-starring with a circus. Then the cable arrived from French Equatorial Africa: Dr. Albert Schweitzer would welcome him at any time. O'Brian had long admired the German doctor-missionary-theologian-musician. "I'd read so much about him," he reflects.
July 7, 1995 |
Brian May, a quadriplegic who overcame his disability to create "Malibu Folk," a radio show he syndicated to more than 40 public radio stations, has died. He was 45. May died Wednesday at his Malibu home of complications of polio and paralysis. A dedicated fan of folk music, May engineered and recorded performances and interviews with struggling, guitar-playing singer-songwriters.
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February 6, 1994 |
In the quiet subculture that is folk music, a special kind of reverence is reserved for Brian May. This is not because of the way he plays the guitar. He can't play guitar. He can't move his arms. Or his legs. May is a 43-year-old quadriplegic who contracted polio through a faulty vaccine as a child, has long outlived his insurance settlement and needs around-the-clock care, including four hours for a bath.
April 8, 1993 |
Former Queen guitarist Brian May's debut solo album, "Back to the Light," isn't a surprise: It's full of lush, often dated-sounding commercial rockers not too different from the material he wrote with Queen. What was surprising in his L.A. solo concert debut on Tuesday at the packed Palace was his strength as a frontman and singer. A quiet presence renowned for his groundbreaking, layered guitar harmonies, May has a voice akin to that of a less emotive Roy Orbison.