Brian May

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Queen’s Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Redferns

Brian May has been up to his neck in it, and he is fed up. We are talking a little more than a week after we were meant to, our initial chat having be(...)

 Brian May performing with Queen in Belfast in 2011. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Queen guitarist Brian May has said he had a heart attack and was “very near death” earlier this month. The 72-year-old musician revealed doctors foun(...)

Madonna: the singer has entered a culture war about what pro-Palestinian advocates refer to as ‘apartheid Israel’

It’s not a scene you’ll see in Bohemian Rhapsody, but in 1985 Queen defied a UN ban and played a series of South African concerts in Sun City, the apa(...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Photograph: Nick Delany/Twentieth Century Fox

Rami Malek is all elbows and thumbs as he gallantly pushes a chair across the room for me. “Don’t move! I got it,” he insists as he clatters into a d(...)

Eva McGuinness (11) from Educate Together national school, Newcastle, Co Galway, who enjoyed a day of education about asteroids with physicists from the Centre of Astronomy at NUI Galway, to mark World Asteroid Day. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

It’s the question lingering on the minds of many people across the world today: “Is an asteroid likely to hit Earth in our lifetime?” The answer from(...)

File image from July 2013 of late Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt.  File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has been remembered at his funeral by his former bandmates, who arrived at the crematorium in the group’s double-de(...)

Michelle Obama: critics claim sections of a speech by Melania Trump were lifted virtually verbatim from a speech Mrs Obama made in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. The Trump campaign has dismissed the complaints. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Migrant double standards It was not the plagiarised part of Melania Trump’s speech that bothered one Republican delegate on the floor of the conve(...)

  Stephen Hawking giving a talk at this year’s Starmus Festival in Tenerife

It’s September 2014 and I’m wandering around a resort in Tenerife in the dark trying to find a gala dinner. I’m accompanied by a fellow straggler, an (...)

Rory Gallagher with the guitar

A limited edition electric guitar specially crafted for Irish-born blues and rock legend Rory Gallagher will go for auction in the UK tomorrow (...)

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