Queen Guitarist Dr. Brian May Barely Survived a Heart Attack Recently

Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that he recently suffered a “small heart attack.” The episode left him “very near death,” but says he’s now feeling remarkably well after being fitted with three stents — tiny tubes that can hold open blocked arteries. In a video posted to Instagram, May said: “In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack. I say small — it’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It’s that feeling in the arms and sweating. And you kind of know — you’ve heard things and you think, ‘This is a heart attack.’ To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I had an angiogram.”  Earlier in the month, the May, 72-yeas-old, iinjured his buttocks and assumed the injury was the cause of the pain he was feeling. Still in “agony,” May had an MRI of his spine done, revealing a compressed sciatic nerve, the result, he said, of, “50 years of running around with a guitar strap over my left shoulder holding a heavy guitar.” According to the guitarist, the nerve was “quite severely compressed and that’s why I had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in my back.” Continue reading

Five Finger Death Punch’s Cover of “Blue on Black” Used to Raise $150K for Charity

Five Finger Death Punch has used their cover of ‘Blue on Black’ featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert, and Dr. Brian May to donate $150k to the Gary Sinise Foundation honoring America’s Defenders, Veterans, First Responders, their families and those in need. The donation of over $150K to the Gary Sinise Foundation consists of a portion of the ticket sales from the band’s 2019 U.S. Fall arena tour, as well as proceeds from their #1 hit single “Blue On Black”. The Gary Sinise Foundation will use the funds to help America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed), the artists merged country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song, which was originally recorded and co-written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The video for the song has garnered over 37 million views to date. Watch Gary Sinese comment on the donation. Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne Says He’d Like to Play One More Black Sabbath Show with Bill Ward

Ozzy Osbourne is home recuperating from illness and injury that has derailed his solo farewell tour, the No More Tours 2” Tour. Now Ozzy has clearly been thinking about how Black Sabbath ended their farewell tour and wishes it ended differently. He now says drummer Bill Ward should have been a part of it stating “it should have been the four of us ending it”. In a new interview with Kerrang!, Osbourne noted, “I didn’t like the fact that Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly. We didn’t have the f*cking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill. Hopefully, this starts the ball rolling for even one final show with Bill, which would be great. The band has officially said they will never tour again but are open to special festivals and one-off concerts. In addition to Ozzy’s solo career, Ward is working on a solo album, art projects and has a podcast, Tony Iommi is making a new solo album with Dr. Brian May of Queen, and Geezer Butler has a new band, rock supergroup Deadland Ritual. Continue reading

Five Finger Death Punch, Brian May, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Share New Cover of “Blue On Black’

Five Finger Death Punch who had a hit with a cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s first charting song ‘Blue on Black’ has re-recorded the song in a special new Country-fied version. Joining FFDP is Shepherd, Queen legend Dr. Brian May, Country Music star Brantley Gilbert. Mixed by frequent FFDP collaborator Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed). You can purchase and stream ‘Blue On Black’ today worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America). The artists also premiered an official music video for how they made the track, which you can watch now. The artists and their respective labels are donating all proceeds from the collaboration to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Continue reading

Watch Brian May of Queen Induct Def Leppard In The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

After many years of eligibility, Def Leppard was inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame last night. Inducted by their friend and peer, Dr. Brian May of Queen, the band was gracious and overcome with happiness. Band members entering the Rock Hall include the current lineup — Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen along with founding guitarist Pete Willis and late guitarist Steve Clark. For the performance part of the evening, the band played four of its biggest hits: ‘Hysteria’, ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’. The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concluded with an all-star performance of David Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes”, featuring Def Leppard, Ian Hunter, May, Steve Van Zandt, The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, and The Zombies’ Rod Argent. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. EST. Continue reading

Watch Def Leppard Perform on The Howard Stern Show

Def Leppard dropped by The Howard Stern show for an interview and an acoustic performance of originals and covers. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. They will be inducted by Dr. Brian May of Queen in the 34th HoF class, along with the other honorees Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Radiohead, and Roxy Music. Watch video of the band and their interview with Stern, and performances below.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Film About Queen Sweeps Golden Globes Awards Show

Bohemian Rhapsody, the music biopic about the band Queen and the life and times of frontman Freddie Mercury won two Gold Globes awards last night. The film, directed by Dexter Fletcher, was named best drama at the 76th annual awards, while actor Rami Malek won the best actor award for his portrayal of Mercury. Queen members and executive producers on the film Dr. Brian May and Roger Taylor were also on hand and spoke to the media at the event. Malek beat out such stars as Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman, Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased and Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate. We don’t love award shows here at Ghost Cult, but it’s cool to see some light shed on the massive impact Queen and Freddie has made as one of the greatest bands ever. Bohemian Rhapsody has already become the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, bringing over $700 million at the worldwide box office. Continue reading

Watch The Video For Dr. Brian May’s First Solo Single In 20 Years, “New Horizons”

Queen guitar legend Dr. Brian May has released his first solo single and new music video in twenty years, ‘New Horizons’. Written by May and Don Black, recorded and completed in December, has just received a global digital release. The single had its worldwide premiere from NASA control headquarters Maryland USA on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, January 1). It is the legendary guitarist/songwriter’s first official new single since his Another World album in 1998. Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Bohemian Rhapsody – Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher

Biopics are a tough type of genre to analyze. Neither a documentary or so often a honest linear accounting of events, these types of films are a type of Cliff’s Notes version of history. This is even more prickly with music biopics because no one has a lower tolerance for bullshit and rose-colored glasses than a die-hard fan of a band or artist. In the case of Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, the fact that the film got made at all after development hell, Sasha Baron Cohen quitting the project, director Bryan Singer being fired towards the end of production, Dexter Fletcher coming on to finish it up and more. Still, you have to tip the hat for the job 20th Century Fox did pulling this together and getting the film out into theaters. And the theater is where you should see this film because it is a spectacle and your cell phone or your living room can’t contain it. Continue reading

Watch Queen And Adam Lambert Kickoff Their Las Vegas Residency

Queen + Adam Lambert continue to fly the flag for the legacy of Queen, almost thirty years since irreplaceable frontman Freddie Mercury passed away. They kicked off their 10-date, three-week long residency, dubbed “The Crown Jewels”, in Las Vegas last night at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the set list of almost all hit songs and watch fan-filmed footage now! Continue reading