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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Queen for a Day

The world's best guitarist with King Charles Spaniel hair, Brian May, hits Moscow on Saturday to the delight of the numerous Russians who adore his former band Queen.

The last 50-something rockers to hit Moscow, Status Quo, drew disappointing crowds when they played Luzhniki two weeks ago. But May may have a better turnout thanks to Russia's mass adoration of Queen.

Perhaps for that reason promoters are calling it a tribute to Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, while for most of the other tour dates, May is simply billed as a good guitarist performing in his own right.

Since Mercury's death, May has released a couple of solo albums. His latest, "Another World," came out last June and includes a song sung by a robot and another on which rock legend Jeff Beck plays. Called "The Guv'nor," the song refers to something Beck once said about May. "He's the guv'nor. He's the best pop-type oriented guitar player there is, really. Everybody loves to play his licks."

Though Queen is thought of as campy in the United States and Britain, Russia is hardly an anomaly with its love for all things Queeny. There are web sites from all over the world on the band and even one detailing May's amps and where to buy custom-made versions of his Red Special guitar. Check out


brian.html for more fun facts.

- Kevin O'Flynn

Brian May plays Luzhniki on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost from 350 to 1,500 rubles. Tel. 925-4642, 968-6655. Metro: Sportivnaya.