Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. Between 1540 and 1556 the abbey had the status of a cathedral. Since 1560, however, the building is no longer an abbey nor a cathedral, having instead the status of a „Royal Peculiar” – a church responsible directly to the Sovereign.
At the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards on 6 November, Queen received the Global Icon Award, which Katy Perry presented to Brian May.Queen closed the awards ceremony, with Adam Lambert on vocals, performing „The Show Must Go On”, „We Will Rock You” and „We Are the Champions”.The collaboration garnered a positive response from both fans and critics, resulting in speculation about future projects together.Queen + Adam Lambert played two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 11 and 12 July 2012.Both shows sold out within 24 hours of tickets going on open sale.A third London date was added for 14 July.On 30 June, Queen + Lambert performed in Kiev, Ukraine at a joint concert with Elton John for the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation. Queen also performed with Lambert on 3 July 2012 at Moscow’sOlympic Stadium, and on 7 July 2012 at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland.
On 18 April 2011 Lady Gaga confirmed that May would play guitar on her track „You and I” from her latest album Born This Way, released on 23 May 2011.In June 2011, May performed with Tangerine Dream at the Starmus Festival on Tenerife, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight.
On 26 August, May performed „We Will Rock You” and „Welcome to the Black Parade” with American rock band My Chemical Romance at the Reading Festival.On 28 August, May performed „You and I” live with Lady Gaga at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles.On 10 October, May made an appearance to celebrate the reunion of British rock band The Darkness at an „intimate” 100 Club show with support from Dark Stares.A long-time fan of the group, May performed three songs onstage with The Darkness, including Queen’s „Tie Your Mother Down”, at the Hammersmith Apollo on their subsequent „comeback” tour.
The Würzburg Residence is a palace in Würzburg, Lower Franconia. Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt and Maximilian von Welsch, representants of the Austrian/South German Baroque were involved in the construction, as well as Robert de Cotte and Germain Boffrand, who were followers of the French Style. Balthasar Neumann, architect of the court of the Bishop of Würzburg, was the principal architect of the Residenz, which was commissioned by the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn and his brother Friedrich Carl von Schönborn in 1720, and completed in 1744. The Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, assisted by his son, Domenico, painted frescoes in the building.
On 20 May 2009, May and Queen band mate Roger Taylor performed „We Are the Champions” live on the season finale of American Idol with winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert providing a vocal duet. In November 2009, May appeared with Taylor on The X Factor, with Queen mentoring the contestants, then later performing „Bohemian Rhapsody”. In April 2010, May founded the „Save Me” 2010 project to work against any proposed repeal of the British fox-hunting ban, and also to promote animal rights in Britain.In February 2011 it was announced that May would tour with Kerry Ellis, playing 12 dates across the UK in May 2011On 1 March 2013 May and Ellis played a free thirty minute acoustic set at St Pancras railway station to launch Tiger Track, a three-week tiger conservation event. Their set list included Queen’s „Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
Trondheim, historically Kaupangen, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. With a population of 181,513, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway, although the fourth largest urban area. The city functions as the administrative centre of Sør-Trøndelag county. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the river Nidelva. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, St. Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions.
May worked extensively with stage actress and singer Kerry Ellis after he cast her in the musical We Will Rock You. He produced and arranged her debut studio album Anthems (2010), a follow-up to her extended play Wicked in Rock (2008), as well as appearing with Ellis at many public performances – playing guitar alongside her. He also contributed a guitar solo to Meat Loaf’s Hang Cool, Teddy Bear album in exchange for the use of drummer John Miceli. Along with Elena Vidal, Brian May released a historical book in 2009 entitled A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village. The book is an annotated collection of stereoscopic photographs taken by the Victorian era photographer T. R. Williams and it is sold with a focussing stereoscope. May became an enthusiast of stereoscope photographs as a child, and first encountered the work of Williams during the late 1960s. In 2003 May announced a search to identify the actual location of the Scenes in Our Village images. In 2004 May reported that he had identified the location as the village of Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire.
Trento is an Italian city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It is the capital of Trentino (Tyrol or Welschtirol). In the 16th century, the city was the location of the Council of Trent.Trento is an educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Tyrol and Northern Italy in general. The University of Trento ranks highly out of Italy’s top 30 colleges, coming 1st in the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research ranking, 2nd according to Census ranking and 5th in the Il Sole 24 Ore ranking of Italian universities.The city contains a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre, with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio.
From his last solo release in 1998 May has been performing as a solo artist, as part of an ensemble, and infrequently as Queen with Roger Taylor. On 22 October 2000, Brian May made a guest appearance at the Motörhead 25th Anniversary show at Brixton Academy along withEddie Clarke (former Motörhead guitarist) for the encore song „Overkill”. In the Queen’s birthday honours list of 2005, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire „for services to the music industry”.May is a friend of singer and musician Phil Collins and was a special guest at the Genesis reunion concert at Twickenham Stadium in 2007. The two had worked together at the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala in 1988.