A genuine legend made an appearance at BIMM Brighton this month as Queen’s guitar hero Brian May stopped off at the college for a question and answer session with students and staff.
Brian was on a whistle-stop tour of Brighton with local Green Party MP and the Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, visiting a number of educational institutions across the region, including the University of Sussex and BIMM.
The very affable icon gave a talk for the assembled audience, touching on the past and present of his extraordinary career, including, of course, Queen and his experiences writing with Freddie Mercury, his now world famous guitar tone, and his career right up to Queen’s recent work with American Idol’s Adam Lambert.
Adam Bushell, College Manager of BIMM Brighton played host to the special event:
“We were thrilled to welcome Brian May to BIMM in Brighton. Brian spent time touring the facilities, chatting with students and staff and participating in a fascinating and insightful Q&A in front of some very lucky BIMM students.”
Brian and Caroline were taking part in an awareness-raising tour for the ‘Common Decency’ movement, a campaign looking at democratic reform in the UK and the importance of voting in the forthcoming elections. Brian took the opportunity to advise the assembled students that genuine passion was the best foundation for making it in the music industry.
Principal, Vaseema Hamilton was present and commented:
“The BIMM Team in Brighton were delighted and quite unable to contain their enthusiasm when we hosted Queen’s multi talented guitarist Brian May and Caroline Lucas of the Green Party. Our students came back in to college from their Easter break for the chance to meet British Rock’n’Roll royalty. Brian had a tour of our industry standard studios – stopping off to sign a signature Red Special guitar from our collection – and then met with a packed live room of eager young musicians to answer their questions. His advice echoed BIMM’s key messages – what it takes to succeed and have a life long career in the Music Industry is enduring passion, generosity and absolute self-belief through the hard times and the good, which are an inevitable part of every musician’s career.”
Shonalika Tilak, a BA3 Songwriting student, was at the event:
“It was refreshing to hear someone so important to music as we know it today talking about things that really matter, that we can and should be expressing through our music.”
Adam Bushell had no shortage of praise for Brian’s involvement:
“The word ‘legend’ is often bandied around inappropriately, but in Brian’s case, he truly defines the meaning. He’s genuine Rock ’n’ Roll royalty – and a nicer guy you couldn’t hope to meet!”