COVID-ian Rhapsody? Queen’s Brian May posts video of “micro concert” from his living room

Queen guitarist Brian May has started posting a series of videos from his living room as he shelters at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In a message posted Wednesday on, May reveals that he’ll be sharing online performance videos, which he calls “micro concerts across the ether.”

“This is my contribution to the Common Good tonight. A raw cheer-up outburst. Living Room Rock!” he writes. “Is this the future? To all you folks out there feeling as disorientated as I do — let’s isolate together!!! And keep rockin’ together!! OK? With love. Yours truly — your friendly neighbourhood chap who clearly imagines he’s in Hawaii!!!”

In an accompanying video, May, holding his guitar, says, “So folks, here we all are self-isolating, ’cause it’s really the only thing we can do, and we’re thinking to ourselves, ‘What happened to my life?! Who am I? Who was I? Who could I be in this new kind of world?’ And we’re all gonna need a friend.”

Brian then declares, “The kind of friend you sometimes need is something like this,” and proceeds to rip into a wailing solo. As he finishes his performance, he adds, “And your friend will always be there for you.”

One day earlier, May posted a video of him exercising on a stationary bike, and discussing the importance working out while being stuck inside for long periods of time.

“[Exercise] makes me feel better in the body, but also in the mind, a lot” he explains in the clip. “And having dealt with a lot of depression over the years…this feeling of isolation and desperation, if you have it, then exercise is a great, great way to deal with it and to start the day by kind of reclaiming your mind and your body.”

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