Brian May added another title to his résumé. May, already a rock legend, activist and astrophysicist, has now been knighted by King Charles.
May was knighted as part of the 2023 New Year’s Honors Roll, an annual tradition celebrating the achievements and service of outstanding individuals. May was specifically recognized for his contributions to “Music and Charity”.
His full quote reads: “Brian May is an acclaimed musician and songwriter, founding member of the rock group Queen. In 2020 he was named the Greatest Guitarist of All Time by Total Guitar Magazine. Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 is considered the greatest live set in history. Brian opened the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations with a live performance on the roof of Buckingham Palace in 2002 – and returned 20 years later to open the Platinum Jubilee concert at the Victoria Monument. He is also an accomplished astrophysicist who is now a stereoscopist on many NASA space exploration teams. He re-founded the London Stereoscopic Company in 2008, co-founded Asteroid Day to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts in 2015 and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. His work protecting Britain’s wildlife led him to set up the Save-Me Trust in 2009, which is his ongoing passion for fighting for fox and badger rights and running an active wildlife rescue operation.”
“I am happy and grateful to receive this honor,” May said in a statement recognizing the honor. “I will not view knighthood so much as a reward, but rather as a mission – a mission – to me to keep fighting for justice – to be a voice for those who have no voice. I will strive to be worthy – to be that knight in shining armour.”
In September, Brian May and Queen bandmate Roger Taylor attended the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, with May delivering an emotional solo acoustic performance of “Love of My Life”. Queen’s surviving members also recently unearthed an unheard song called “Face It Alone,” which features Freddie Mercury on vocals.