The Queen guitarist also provides a walkthrough of his current gear setup
There hasn’t been much good news coming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but May has offered at least some respite from the daily onslaught of frightening information with his “MicroConcerto” video postings on his official Instagram page.
After posing a question to his audience, “What would you like me to play?,” in one of these installments, the answer came back:
Queen guitarist Brian May is selling his own sports bra, currently on sale through his Brian May Guitars website meanwhile the Seiko 5 Sports x Brian May limited edition watch pays homage to the Queen musician’s legendary guitar
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The underwear, which is adorned with illustrations of guitars, is on sale for £35 and was designed by May himself.
“Highlighting Brian May’s consummate artistic talents, this active wear salutes the entire range of Brian May Guitars with a bright, bold design prominently featuring the united colours of BMG – because it doesn’t have to be red to be special!” reads the clothing’s description.
The online watch community – formidable force that it is – has turned the humble Seiko 5 into a cult timepiece (SourceGQ)
Underpinning this sport watch’s cool is more than 50 years of heritage (it was launched in 1968) and the promise of plenty of watch for your money.
Seiko has been using it as the basis for a run of limited edition “hype” products. The latest is a collaboration with Brian May. In the 1970s, the Queen guitarist bought a Seiko diver’s watch while touring Japan, and has worn it ever since. Over that timeframe, another object has proven a constant across his career: the “Red Special” guitar that he built with his father back in the 1960s (pictured at top). Those two life companions have been merged in May’s new Seiko “Red Special” watch, limited to 9,000 pieces.
Its colour scheme and wood-effect pattern echoes that of the guitar body, while the exhibition caseback features May’s signature. “I am delighted to see this watch come alive, and proud that the creation of me and my dad all those years ago has inspired this collaboration,” says May. “I love my Seiko and it has served me well for many years. I will wear this new one with pride.”
Available from May 2020, £500. Seikowatches.com
After Freddie died in 1991, Queen were advised to hire George Michael as a replacement frontman, but despite the late ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker’s powerful duet with them on ‘Somebody To Love’ at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness in 1992, Brian insists it would “never have worked” with the singer.