Brian May plays his Red Special guitar in 2014

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Yesterday, Queen guitarist Brian May turned 74 and his Queen and Adam Lambert band members have been celebrating. Bassist Neil Fairclough, who performs in John Deacon’s stead, posted a picture of Brian playing guitar for Queen during his youth. He wrote on Instagram: “Happy Birthday Brian!!…74 orbits round the sun…have a fantastic day!!”

The Queen and Adam Lambert bassist added: “Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter.”

“Singer, Astrophysicist, Stereoscopic Wizard, Animal Welfarist…and much more…all round inspiring man!! Thank you Brian…”

While the band’s percussionist and vocalist who plays alongside drummer Roger Taylor on tour also chimed in.

Tyler Warren posted a snap of Brian performing on one of his more recent Queen and Adam Lambert tours.

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Tyler captioned it: “The man. The myth. The legend. The birthday!

“Happy birthday to my boss (one of ‘em), band mate, and fellow long-hair, Doctor Brian May!! Cheers my friend! Maybe see you sooner than later!”

While the official Queen Instagram page also wished Brian a Happy Birthday with a vintage concert snap taken by Neal Preston.

Next week marks Roger Taylor’s 71st birthday while this year is the 50th anniversary of Queen’s final line up when John Deacon joined the band in 1971.

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Sadly, Queen and Adam Lambert aren’t able to perform live this year due to the pandemic.

However, their original 2020 UK and European tour dates have been postponed to summer 2022.

Brian’s been keeping busy in the meantime working on a remastered version of his debut album Back To The Light for release on August 6.

Two re-issued singles and music videos in Driven By You and Resurrection are already out.

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While Roger has been working on his latest solo album which he wrote and recorded in lockdown.

The record is titled Outsider and is set for release on October 1, when the drummer will go on a solo tour.

Just like Sir Paul’s McCartney III album, Roger sings and plays pretty much all the instruments on the record.

Aside from singing his new songs on tour, he will also perform a few Queen hits he wrote himself like Radio Ga Ga and A Kind of Magic.

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