QUEEN: May’s Honor and Mercury’s World
Queen guitarist Brian May has been honored with the Observer Ethical Campaigner of the Year Award for his Team Badger and Save Me campaigns to protect badgers in England.
May was not on hand last Wednesday to accept the award from The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, because he’s in Los Angeles rehearsing for the Queen + Adam Lambert tour. But he did issue a statement saying, “[The award] means a lot to me personally, but it also means an incredible amount to the cause that we fight for, which is the cause of giving animals a voice. The award also feels like an endorsement, that the Save Me campaign is being taken seriously and that was a long journey in itself. It’s a great feeling to know that people out there really do care about British wild animals and recognize how important it is to take a stance.” The Queen-Lambert tour starts Thursday in Chicago.
It recently came to light that in 1991, Freddie Mercury approved the scene used in 1992’s Wayne’s World featuring Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Brian May says, “Mike Myers actually sent a tape across, because he wanted Freddie to hear it. Freddie wasn’t very well by that time. I took it ’round and he listened to it and watched it — and he loved it. So Mike got the seal of approval from Freddie.” Mercury died shortly thereafter, in November 1991, and the use of the song in the film gave resurgence to the band’s career.