Brian May said he was “totally overwhelmed” by birthday greetings from Queen fans and that he “felt really loved.”
As he prepares to release his remastered Back to the Light album, Brian May has been “totally overwhelmed” by birthday messages from Queen fans.
Brian May turned 74 years old on Monday, and Queen fans have been honoring the guitarist icon for nearly three-quarters of a century. During a post announcing the imminent release of his remastered debut solo album, Back to the Light, the star conveyed his gratitude via Instagram. “Thank you a million for all your beautiful happy birthday messages,” he added.
“I’m utterly overwhelmed, and I don’t feel like I’m able to answer properly yet,” Brian continued.
“However, as soon as I get myself together, I’ll give it a shot. Thank you very much. I’m in a good place. Bri.”
On the day, Queen and Adam Lambert bassist Neil Fairclough tweeted, “Happy Birthday Brian!!…
There are 74 orbits around the sun…
“Have a wonderful day!!”
“Musician, guitarist, songwriter, singer, astronomer, stereoscopic wizard, animal welfarist…and much more…
Man, you’re an inspiration!! Brian, thank you…”
Brian Harold May (@brianmayforreal) shared a post.
The percussionist and vocalist for Queen and Adam Lambert, who tours with drummer Roger Taylor, both spoke up.
“The man,” Tyler Warren wrote. The legend. This is a legend. It’s my birthday!
“Happy birthday, Doctor Brian May, my employer (one of ’em), band buddy, and fellow long-hair!! Thank you, my friend! “Perhaps we’ll meet each other sooner rather than later!”
Roger’s 72nd birthday is coming up next week, so expect more birthday greetings shortly.
Brian revealed on his official YouTube page that he would be broadcasting a series of videos on his birthday thanking fans for their birthday greetings, and that he would be sharing the story behind each tune on Back to the Light.
The 74-year-old talked about his powerful 1993 single Resurrection, in which he reached notes as high as a top D.
“It’s so big in scope, and it’s so insanely ambitious from the point of view of singing as well as playing, I think that’s the one I want on my tombstone really!” the Queen icon remarked of the song.
After Freddie Mercury’s unexpected death in 1991, Brian found the song to be a test of his singing powers.
“We really went to town on the overdubs,” Brian said. There are most likely more overdubs on it than on Bohemian Rhapsody!
“I was also putting a lot of pressure on myself. “Brinkwire Summary News” was something I wanted to know at the moment.