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

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Neal Preston/© Queen Productions Ltd.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 BrianMay.com, 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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