Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 7/18/14 Happy Birthday, Brian May
(The Six O’Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
Tonight, we celebrate another rock and roll birthday as Queen guitarist, Brian Harold May, turns 67 tomorrow. Not only is May one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time, but is also an astrophysicist. Before his illustrious music career, Brian attended Imperial College in the UK, where he earned a Bachelors’ Degree studying Physics, Math, and Applied Math. While at Imperial, May formed the band Smile in 1968 with drummer Roger Taylor and vocalist/bassist Tim Staffell. Staffell left the band in 1970, after they all had met an aspiring singer named Fredric Bulsara…a.k.a. Freddie Mercury. That’s when Queen was born, and the rest is nothing but legendary rock history.
Currently, May and Taylor are carrying on the Queen legacy, tapping former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert as the lead singer. They just made an appearance at The Palace of Auburn Hills last Saturday. A new Queen LP is set for a 2014 release, including never-before heard tracks featuring the late Mercury. Tonight, three Queen classics, all written by Brian May for your Six O’Clock Triple Shot: “Now I’m Here” from Sheer Heart Attack and “Tie Your Mother Down” from A Day At The Races will represent May’s aggressive rock styling as they bookend a May-penned ballad from The Game, “Sail Away, Sweet Sister”…also featuring MAy on lead vocals. Hear it only on 94.9 WMMQ!