Brian May slams “amateurish” Sunday Times article

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Brian May has slammed The Sunday Times Magazine for a cover feature they ran last weekend.

The guitarist says he gave the newspaper supplement exclusive rights to use text and images from his new book Queen In 3D and had agreed to an interview to discuss the innovative publication.

But upon seeing the printed edition, May has accused the supplement of focusing on “tired old stuff” from the band’s past rather than spend time on the book – and has called it an “awful amateurish piece of journalistic opportunism.”

May says on his website: “We gave the Sunday Times exclusive use of all the photographs in the book. They used just two of them, one of them reproduced not much bigger than a postage stamp, the rest of the piece illustrated with recycled ordinary snaps from God knows where.

“The opening of the piece inside says, ‘Tragedy, debauchery… and dwarves.’ None of this tired old stuff features in the book or was discussed in the interview.

“This woman came into my house, pretended she was a fan and was going to write a nice piece about the book, as agreed – then went away and wrote this pathetic sensationalistic drivel.

“I’m angry and disgusted. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such crass journalism and experienced such a betrayal of trust. Folks, please ignore this trash – the book is nothing like this.”

May says he kept “meticulously” to the agreement he had with the newspaper and refrained from sharing the book’s content with anyone else prior to the supplement’s publication – even though demand from fans was high at the recent Photo London event he attended to talk about Queen In 3D.

May adds: “I think the worst part of it all to me is that people will see this article and think that this came from me. They’ll think that this is the way I see things, and that this is what the book is about. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Queen In 3D is out on May 25 and features more than 300 stereoscopic photographs documenting the band’s history – the majority of which were taken by May himself and available to view through his OWL viewer which comes with the publication.

The guitarist previously published 3D images in Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster – written in conjunction with Denis Pellerin and the London Stereoscopic Company.

May recently released his new album with Kerry Ellis titled Golden Days and will head out on the road with Queen and Adam Lambert from November.

Queen + Adam Lambert European tour dates

Nov 01: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 02: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Nov 04: Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
Nov 06: Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
Nov 08: Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria
Nov 10: Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Nov 12: Amneville Galaxie, Luxembourg
Nov 13: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 17: Zalgiris Arena, Kaunas, Lithuania
Nov 19: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Nov 21: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 25: 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Nov 26: SSE Arena, Belfast, UK
Nov 28: Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK
Nov 30: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 01: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
Dec 03: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec 05: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, UK
Dec 06: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Dec 08: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec 09: Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec 12: O2 Arena, London, UK
Dec 13: O2 Arena, London, UK
Dec 15: The SSE Arena, London, UK
Dec 16: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK

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