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Queen: Brian May shares surgery update from hospital

The 73-year-old has been back in hospital again. Last year Brian revealed he had “nearly died” from a “stomach explosion.” He also had a “small heart attack” the same year. This is on top of spending the end of 2019 in hospital for a corrective operation on his achilles tendon. The Queen star has always kept his loyal fans involved with every aspect of his life and this latest time is no different – complete with a Queen-related pun.
The verteran rocker posted the first images yesterday on Instagram before he went in for his newest surgery.

He told fans: “One Vision ! All prepped and waiting … for a little bit of eye surgery. I’m in good hands. No need to worry. All in a day’s work … it should really improve my focus – AND my stereoscopic vision. It’s a Piece o’ Cake … eeek ! Bri”

And now he has posted a post-op update, reassuring everyoine he “didn’t feel a thing” and was actually awake through the entire proceedure.

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The star posted the image of his bandaged left eye with another typically ‘Bri’ pun about his new ‘iPatch’.

Brian wrote: “And …. all done !! I really didn’t feel a thing. It was all done with local anaesthetic and a tiny bit of sedation.

“So I was conscious throughout the whole thing – and fascinated by this amazing procedure. Only about 20 mins.

“The patch stays on until tomorrow morning. It’s an iPatch ! So obviously I’ll soon have to take it off and put it back on again.”

The Queen legend is well-know for his philosophising on his site, and also took the chance to also reflect (literally) on the way we all see ourselves.

Brian’s achilles tendon operation was to improve his comfort and mobility on stage but fans will have to wait until next year to see the completion of the postponed Uk and Europe leg of the Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody World Tour.

In the meantime, the band has been celebrating their 50th anniversary with the corresponding number of new  ideos.

Each week on teh official Queen Youtube page, a new video will be released focussing on an iconiomic moment from the band’s extarordinary history.

This week’s release  looked at the legendary 1986 HYde Park concert that almost resulted in Brian being arrested along with bandmates Freddie Mercury, JOhn Deacon and Roger Taylor.

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Brian Conley: EastEnders newcomer speaks out over his resemblance to Bradley Walsh

Comedian Brian Conley is often mistaken for his pal Bradley Walsh, he has revealed. The 59-year-old TV star has joked that it’s less likely to happen now that he has gone grey and grown a beard, ahead of his stint on EastEnders.
The actor is joining the BBC soap opera as Terry Cant, the long-lost father of Sonia Fowler, played by Natalie Cassidy.

He will make his debut on the long-running programme tonight.

Meanwhile, Bradley, 60, who also kicked off his career as a comedian, is best known for presenting ITV quiz show The Chase.

He previously starred in Doctor Who and rival soap Coronation Street.

READ MORE: Piers Morgan jibes ‘hapless’ Alastair Campbell over ‘worst gaffe’

When asked if the pair are often mistaken for each other, during a recent interview, Brian said it happened to both of them.

He went on to detail several occasions that they had been mistaken for each other, during a chat with Radio Times.

Brian, who starred on the West End in Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5, said he was approached by fans outside the Savoy Theatre.

They thought he was Bradley despite his name being on the theatre poster.

Brian and Bradley are not likely to get offended by the mix-up, which has happened for a number of years, as they are good friends.

They even had starring roles in each other’s wedding party when they tied the knot to their respective partners.

“But we are close – we were ushers at each other’s wedding and, at one time, we even lived on the same road in Watford,” Brian continued.

“Mind you, I won’t get mistaken for him anymore with my new lockdown look – I’m all grey and I’ve got a beard, so now I’m more like Martin Kemp… a younger Martin Kemp, though, to be honest!”

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Freddie Mercury's uncompromising attitude to Bohemian Rhapsody shared by Brian May

This year saw Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody make the incredibly rare RIAA Diamond status in the US, with over 10 million unit sales and stream equivalents. This marked the first time a British band has ever achieved such an award and it’s unbelievable to think how Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon really had to fight for the song to be taken seriously as a single. The Queen singer, who wrote the chart-topping hit, famously said: “Compromise is not in our vocabulary.”
Despite mixed reviews upon release and its six-minute length, Bohemian Rhapsody topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks, sold a million copies by the end of January 1976 and is now one of the best-loved rock songs of all time.

But while Freddie was uncompromising on Queen’s music externally, behind-the-scenes he was something of a diplomat and peacemaker between Brian and Roger, who had competitive and creative energy.

Brian shared: “Yeah there’s a lot of truth in that. Roger and I are kind of like brothers.

“There’s a sort of…I would hate to say love-hate relationship, but I’ve said it!”

Brian added: “He was very much the guy who would sort things out and move things forward.”

Roger confirmed: “Yes, he would sort of make us see sense.”

Aside from Queen’s 50th anniversary this year, 2021 also tragically marks 30 years since Freddie’s death.

Speaking with Express.co.uk earlier this year, Brian shared how he’s proud of Queen’s achievements but finds the band’s golden jubilee hard without its frontman.

Brian told us: “Well I’m proud. Of course, we’re proud of what we’ve done and we’re still around. We just kind of didn’t want to harp on it. We just thought, ‘Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re still creative.’ I think it also…because Freddie’s not here it changes our feelings a little bit. There’s always going to be that little bit of…reticence in a sense.

“I’m very proud of what we do now with Adam [Lambert]. It’s been incredible, the sort of…the re-birth and response we’ve had around the world. And it’s great that we can own our own legacy, own our own material and keep it alive rather than it being a museum piece or fossil.

“So Queen music is very much alive thanks to that fact and that’s what we’re celebrating. The fact that we’re proud and we’re still able to come up with a few surprises here and there.”

After two postponements due to the pandemic, Queen and Adam Lambert will tour the UK and Europe in summer 2022.

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Brian May performs Amazing Grace in stunning rendition with Kerry Ellis – WATCH

Last month, Queen guitarist Brian May and his regular collaborator Kerry Ellis performed at a specially recorded Earth Day concert. Song For Nature, which included a number of other acts, was recorded over three days at the London Coliseum before being broadcast on Sky Arts. And now Brian has shared his stunning rendition of Amazing Grace with Kerry Ellis.
Brian May posted their goosebump-inducing performance of the Christian hymn on social media, in a video that really takes off with accompanying musicians towards the end.

The 73-year-old wrote on Instagram: “In case you missed our performance of this song on Earth Day, here is some of it !

“Looking at it now, I’m feeling very thrilled that this new arrangement with orchestra actually DID work … and maybe this is a signpost to where we might be heading.

“Anybody think that might be a good idea? Thanks, Janie Dee and Sky Arts for making this happen.”

READ MORE: Freddie Mercury and Queen on Bohemian Rhapsody’s ‘chemistry’ and more

Earlier this month, Brian and Kerry released a new song called Panic Attack 2021 (It’s Gonna Be All Right).

Recorded remotely, the reworked version of their Golden Days album track was made following the disappointments around lockdown last Christmas.

Brian told Express.co.uk: “There was this gradual realisation that no, it’s not gonna get better, it’s probably gonna get worse.

“I think people felt cheated and we thought that’s the feeling that needs looking at because people have been heroes during a lot of this stuff but everyone’s getting very worn down.”

Brian added: “So I looked at the Panic Attack song, which was written for other reasons…and I thought, well now people are getting panicky, they’re not just disappointed but they’re getting nervous because it feels like this is never going to end.

“And suddenly it just kind of sprung out to me this song that could be rewritten and become something completely different and I wanted it to be something that gave people a bit of hope.”

On Panic Attack 2021’s purpose, the 73-year-old admitted it was simply meant to be inspiring and uplifting for folks.

He added: “It’s not meant to trivialise anything. Panic Attack, in the beginning, was written from firsthand experience because I have suffered from some of this stuff over the years. I find that music is a great healer, a great communicator of these things. If you realise someone else has felt what you’re feeling, it’s enormously helpful, so this track is meant to convey that.”

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Never been a PM like it! Brian Cox staggered at Boris 'losing his cool' – 'extraordinary'

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Mr Johnson hit back: “I’ve given him the answer and the answer is I have covered the costs and I think most people will find it absolutely bizarre.

“Of course the Electoral Commission are investigating this and I can tell him that I’ve conformed in full with the code of conduct, with the ministerial code, officials have been advising me throughout this whole thing.

“But I think people will think it absolutely bizarre that he is focusing on this issue when what people want to know is what plans a Labour Government might have to improve the lives of people in this country…”

Prime ministers are provided with an annual allowance of up to £30,000 of taxpayer’s money to contribute to costs of maintaining and furnishing the four-bedroom flat, which is grade one listed.

However, there has been speculation over who picked up the tab for the PM’s £200,000 renovations over the past week as an investigation has now been launched into the matter.

Brian May and Nathan Evans performing for Earth Day concert this week: Team up inevitable?

Nathan added on his Instagram account: “I can’t wait to share this performance with you, so make sure to tune in!! #SongForNature.”

While it doesn’t look like he will be performing with Brian here, this does mark the second time they’ve indirectly done so at the same event.

When the Wellerman singer sang a parody version of the sea shanty on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, a recording of Brian featured playing the catchy No 1 tune on his electric guitar.

The Queen legend had previously played the song on his Instagram account, with Nathan praising him for doing so.

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Brian May 'very proud' of Queen at 50 but still finds it hard without Freddie Mercury

It was half a century ago this year that John Deacon joined Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor as Queen’s bassist, completing the iconic band’s final line-up. Like many classic rock groups from that era, it’s now their turn to celebrate a 50th anniversary aka Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Brian admits that while he’s pleased with the band’s achievements, it’s somewhat bittersweet without Freddie Mercury.
Brian said: “Well I’m proud. Of course, we’re proud of what we’ve done and we’re still around.

“We just kind of didn’t want to harp on it. We just thought, ‘Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re still creative.’

“I think it also…because Freddie’s not here it changes our feelings a little bit. There’s always going to be that little bit of…reticence in a sense.

Of course, not only does 2021 mark Queen’s 50th anniversary, but also 30 years since Freddie’s death in 1991.

READ MORE: Freddie Mercury: Man who was 12 when interviewing star shares memories

Just a few years later John retired from music entirely, but Brian and Roger have kept Queen’s show on the road with great gusto – alongside their collaborative singer Adam Lambert.

Brian continued: “I’m very proud of what we do now with Adam.

“It’s been incredible, the sort of…the re-birth and response we’ve had around the world.

“And it’s great that we can own our own legacy, own our own material and keep it alive rather than it being a museum piece or fossil.”

But afterwards, the Queen guitarist and drummer decided: “Actually I don’t think we want to do that, we just want to get out and play.”

May said: “We want to celebrate being alive and being live.That would be the greatest thing to celebrate.

“I don’t really care how long it’s been to be honest. I’m just grateful that we’re here.”

Queen and Adam Lambert are set to resume touring in summer 2022, as the pandemic has seen the band forced to postpone their UK and European shows twice.

May told us last month: “It’s galling because all those dates are held, all those tickets are sold.

“People are sitting there with their tickets gallantly holding on to them, which is a great compliment to us that people don’t want to trade their tickets back.”

“They’re looking for that day as we are. We’re just holding on for that day. The day when it’s going to be alright and it is going to be alright somehow, as the song says.”

The Queen legend was referring to his new single with Kerry Ellis that he was promoting called Panic Attack 2021 (It’s Gonna Be All Right), which is out now.

Brian May praises ‘gallant’ fans keeping Queen and Adam Lambert tickets ‘It'll be alright’

Last year, Queen and Adam Lambert were set to tour the UK and Europe throughout the summer. However, the pandemic forced the band to reluctantly postpone the set of shows to 2021, before having to do so again to summer 2022. Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Brian May has praised the patience of “gallant” fans for holding on to their tickets rather than having them reimbursed.
Brian May said: “It’s heartbreaking. We very reluctantly postponed twice, a year at a time.

The 73-year-old admitted it was tempting for Queen and Adam Lambert to try and cram the dates into autumn 2021, but they felt the chances of being about to do the shows properly were not looking very good.

He continued: “It’s galling because all those dates are held, all those tickets are sold.

“People are sitting there with their tickets gallantly holding on to them, which is a great compliment to us that people don’t want to trade their tickets back.”

READ MORE: Brian May shares guitar video with dad Harold who would be 100 today

Brian said: “I think we have to time things so that we come back when it’s possible to pack those arenas again and have a proper Queen show.”

In the meantime, he and Roger Taylor have been keeping busy in lockdown.

To celebrate Queen’s 50th anniversary this year without live shows meant they had to come up with some alternatives for the fans.

Obviously, there was their UK No 1 album Queen and Adam Lambert: Live Around The World last year, but they’ve since also released a mobile rhythm game called Queen Rock Tour.

Then there’s the weekly 50 episode mini-documentary series Queen The Greatest, which is hosted on the band’s official YouTube channel every Friday at midday.

Of all their projects, Brian added: “I guess we’re those kind of animals. We like to be busy, we like to create and that’s what we do.

“We try to make stuff which makes people happy; which makes people feel inspired, so you just have to adapt.

“And like the rest of the world, it’s different now. It’s just different.”

How Sharna Burgess Has Helped BF Brian Austin Green ‘Improve’ His Relationship With Ex Megan Fox

Sharna Burgess ‘is the real deal’ to Brian Austin Green and has ‘enabled’ him to ‘move on’ from ex Megan Fox.

Sharna Burgess[1], 35, and Brian Austin Green[2], 47, have only been Instagram official as a couple since Jan., but she’s already influencing him for the better. In addition to being “the real deal” to the actor, she’s been helping to “improve his relationship” with ex Megan Fox[3], 34.

“Having Sharna has really enabled Brian to move on from Megan and improve his relationship with Megan even,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “He really hasn’t been this happy in years. Life with Megan was a rollercoaster ride as they would secretly separate and get back together for years.”

Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess is ‘helping’ Brian Austin Green to ‘improve’ his relationship with ex Megan Fox. (Shutterstock)

Brian and Megan, who married in 2010, split up last year[4] and although Brian was spotted hanging out with other girls since then, our source tells us Sharna is different and not “a rebound.” “He’s the most easy going, relaxed and nicest guy you’ll ever meet,” the source said about Brian. “The other women he spent time with before Sharna were rebounds, but she is the real deal to him.”

A previous source hinted that things may be more serious with Sharna when they revealed she has already met the three kids he shares with Megan, Noah, 8, Bodhi, 7, and Journey, 4. “Sharna has also met Brian‘s kids,” the source EXCLUSIVELY[5] in Mar. “They’re official and she’s spending a lot of time at his place in Malibu.”

Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green split up in 2020. (Shutterstock)

“They’ve been dating [for] a few months and things are definitely getting serious between them,” the source further explained, adding that this is “the happiest [Sharna’s] been in a long time with a man.”

Sharna herself also hinted that she met Brian’s kids in a Feb. interview[6] on Australia’s The Morning Show. “He’s a wonderful dad,” she gushed during the interview. “He and his wife — uh, ex-wife — have raised three beautiful children. And they are so wonderful and sweet and kind and considerate, and they’ve done such an amazing job.”

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  1. ^ Sharna Burgess (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Brian Austin Green (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ Megan Fox (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ split up last year (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ EXCLUSIVELY (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ interview (hollywoodlife.com)

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UFC star Poirier proves size doesn’t matter

UFC superstar Dustin Poirier has proved that a near 250lbs weight difference doesn’t mean much on the mats, working four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw in front of a chuckling gym audience in a recent grappling session.

Poirier, who it was confirmed on Saturday will fight Conor McGregor for a third time at UFC 264 on July 10, is well-known for the concussive style of striking that he used so effectively to hand his rival the first TKO defeat of his career in January.

The Louisiana native has more than a few submissions skills up his sleeve, too, boasting seven career submission wins to become the UFC’s top-ranked lightweight.

Now Poirier has shown once again that when two opposing forces meet on the mats, the bigger they come, the harder they will fall.

In footage showing the former interim UFC lightweight champion rolling with world-renowned strongman Shaw, Poirier can be seen putting the 400lb Shaw through his paces before taking his back and sinking in a rear-naked choke submission which quickly coaxes a tap from the American behemoth.

The 27-6 mixed martial artist didn’t have it all his own way, though. Another video released from the session portrays him struggling to escape from underneath the colossal muscleman.

This isn’t the first time that a prominent MMA fighter has tried his hand against one of the world’s strongest men.

Similar footage of McGregor once showed the Irishman sparring with Thor Bjornsson, better known to many for his role as ‘The Mountain’ in HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones’.

Reacting to the clip, some fans questioned why Poirier didn’t use the style of grappling in his world title fight with former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov during their main event scrap at UFC 242 back in September 2019.

Why didn’t he do that to Khabib?” one fan cheekily asked, while another warned: “If this wasn’t all fun and games, Dustin wouldn’t be able to do anything with that guy”.

A third remarked that Poirier “literally looks like a child on his back“, such was the extreme weight difference in the scene featuring two wholly contrasting athletes.

Poirier won’t have to contend with such an extreme weight handicap in his next fight against McGregor this summer.

But the Irishman will know that he will likely be in for a short evening if Poirier finds himself in a similar position come July 10.

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