Brian May praises his fan art: Queen guitarist ‘can’t resist’ sharing ‘lovely new styles’

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Brian May has been performing as Queen’s guitarist for over 50 years. And with half a century of hits that people around the world are enjoying to this day, it’s hardly surprising he gets sent fan art. And now the 73-year-old has shared some of his recent favourites on his Instagram account.

The new drawings show Brian May young and old, playing his electric guitar with Queen and engaging in his other interests from Physics to 3D stereoscopy.

The rock legend wrote: “I kinda lost track of Bri-Art in a flurry of activity here, and my choices seemed to be making flurries of anxiety of themselves out there …

“But today I can’t resist – especially as there are some lovely new styles and some names new to me here.

“Thanks artist pals ! It’s always fascinating – and sometimes humbling – for me to myself through your eyes – and I sincerely hope that sometimes you see yourselves through mine. Bri.”

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Brian is very honest with his fans, sharing his highs and lows, especially when it comes to his mental health.

A couple of days ago he shared a portrait by one fan, writing: “Good Morning folks.

“This is how I feel this morning. Hope you’re all finding a good place in your head today.

“Because … it’s ALL in our head, right ? All our perceptions, all our hopes and dreams, disappointments, pleasure, pain. This is our reality. Enjoy this day. And thanks @nenu_ph for this portrait. —- Bri.”

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It was 50 years ago that Queen’s final line-up was completed when John Deacon joined the band as bassist in 1971.

While Brian is very proud of the group’s achievements, he admits it’s hard without Freddie who died in 1991.

Speaking exclusively with earlier this year, the 73-year-old said: “Well I’m proud. Of course, we’re proud of what we’ve done and we’re still around.

“We just kind of didn’t want to harp on it. We just thought, ‘Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re still creative.’”

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Brian continued: “I think it also…because Freddie’s not here it changes our feelings a little bit. There’s always going to be that little bit of…reticence in a sense.”

Following the Queen singer’s death, John retired from the music industry entirely just a few years later.

Nevertheless, the band is alive and well today with Brian and drummer Roger Taylor.

The guitarist told us he’s also very proud of what Queen are doing now with their collaborator Adam Lambert.

Brain added: “It’s been incredible, the sort of…the re-birth and response we’ve had around the world.

“And it’s great that we can own our own legacy, own our own material and keep it alive rather than it being a museum piece or fossil.

 “So Queen music is very much alive thanks to that fact and that’s what we’re celebrating. The fact that we’re proud and we’re still able to come up with a few surprises here and there.”

Queen and Adam Lambert head back on tour in the UK and Europe in summer 2022.

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