GMB: Brian May says not being able to perform has been 'weird'
Queen and Adam Lambert kicked off 2020 with a sensational tour across Asia and Oceania. And following a spring break, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the singer were set to tour the UK and Europe this summer before the pandemic put us all into lockdown. Those dates have since been postponed to the same time next year and now Queen and Adam Lambert have paid tribute to fans, thanking them for sharing memories from previous tours in a new Don’t Stop Me Now video.
Posting the video on Instagram, an emotional May wrote: “Have to admit – this brings a bit of a lump to my throat.
“Fingers all crossed that in 2021 we will meet again. Stay safe, folks. And … yes – thanks from me. Bri.”
While Roger Taylor added: “Thank you for all for sharing your Queen + Adam Lambert Memories!
“This is your story. Although we are apart, we can be Live Around The World. Enjoy your memories to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.”
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The new Queen and Adam Lambert video posted on the Queen official YouTube channel begins with a big thank you to fans as Don’t Stop Me Now is played live.
The text reads: “Thank you for sharing your memories, this is your story. Although we are apart, we can be live around the world.”
The rest of the footage goes on to show tons of fan footage and photos from previous Queen tours.
The video concludes: “Stay safe. See you soon.”
Since Queen and Adam Lambert had to postpone their UK and European tour this year, the band decided to release a live album.
Queen and Adam Lambert: Live Around The World is out now and features some of the band’s best live highlights.
Meanwhile, May has been concerned about how unclear next year’s concerts are in terms of whether they will be allowed to go ahead safely under pandemic restrictions.
So the 73-year-old has taken matters into his own hands by setting out to design a special airflow system for concert venues.
Last week May shared test footage and photos from Hammersmith where he and a team have set out on their mission to save Rock and Roll.
The Doctor of Physics wrote on his Instagram page: “You asked … why was I visiting the legendary Apollo Theatre (formerly the Hammersmith Odeon – yes ! So many memories !) ?? Well, to save Rock and Roll of course !
“I woke up one morning with the ghost of an idea – a way to try to design an airflow system to make theatres and arenas safe enough in the pandemic situation to allow concerts as we used to know them to take place again.”
“So we, a small team comprising me, a Cambridge professor and the two top airflow experts from the London O2 met, socially distanced of course, at the Apollo, to study its ventilation system and test some theories.”
May continued: “It’s early days, and there are big problems to solve, but if we succeed even in part, it could be a move towards saving the concerts we all miss so much. And of course we have in our sights those QUEEN and Adam concerts in the O2 – booked and sold for next June. So the stakes are high. Well, we can dream … Bri.”
Next year also marks the 50th anniversary of Queen’s final line-up in Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Despite looking at a variety of half-century celebration logos, May and Taylor (the two active members of Queen) have decided they just want to get out there and play.
May told us: “We want to celebrate being alive and being live. That would be the greatest thing to celebrate. I don’t really care how long it’s been, to be honest. I’m just grateful that we’re here.”
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