Happy Birthday today (July 19) to Brian May. The Queen guitarist is 70. Other rockers celebrating include singer Russell Allen of Symphony x (46) and former Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon (70).

Brian May is best known as the lead guitarist for the band Queen. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 26 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. May co-founded Queen with singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon being brought in before the band recorded their debut album in 1973. The band first charted in the UK with their second release in 1974 but it was the albums Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera that would bring the band worldwide success. The single “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a big hit and featured a popular music video. 1977’s News of the World featured “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. Queen became one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world by the 1980’s and would go on to sell between 150 and 300 million records worldwide.

Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Queen and Adam Lambert have upcoming New York area tour dates including July 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For more on Brian May and Queen including the full tour schedule, check out the official Queen website here. Cheers to this guitar great on his 70th birthday today!

Russell Allen
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Bernie Leadon
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