Brian May has been treating Queen fans to a series micro-concerts during the lockdown and the latest was the guitar part for Love of My Life. The song was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. In public interviews, the singer would say there was nothing personal about the song at all.
However, he privately told Queen manager John Reid that it had been about David Minns, his boyfriend at the time.
Following Freddie’s death in 1991, May has often dedicated Love of My Life to the singer during live performances.
In the Instagram post accompanying his latest video May wrote: “Love of my Life – #MicroConcert number 16.
“This is the guitar track I sent over to @kerryellis79 for her recent live Instagram concert.”
Kerry Ellis played Meat in the original cast of Queen musical We Will Rock You.
Since then, the singer has teamed up with May on various albums and concerts.
The Queen guitarist continued: “Her lovely rendition of the song, holding her laptop in her lap, which delivered my performance, became one of the most well-received posts of mine in recent times, and you can still see it right here in my Instagram history (or Kerry’s).
“Lots of you have asked if you could have the original guitar track to perform to.”
The 72-year-old added: “I was a little hesitant because it was done as a special commission for her – but, with her usual generosity, she’s told me she’s fine for it to be out there in the world.
“So here it is. This arrangement was designed for a 12-String acoustic guitar, and I must have performed it hundreds of times that way, but I didn’t have one with me in my self isolation situation, so, unusually, I played it on a BMG electric guitar.
“I hope you enjoy singing to it, in your living room, or in your bath, or in your head ! Bri.”
Earlier this year, Ellis spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about May’s busyness and tour struggles.
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The 40-year-old said: “He doesn’t sit still, he’s never not doing something.
“There’s never a down day, he never gets a minute to himself – a really busy guy.
“You kind of forget he’s in his seventies but he’s incredibly energetic and does so many things.”
“He has the world on his shoulders and he’s a rock star living the dream! He’s a funny one!”
On May’s struggles with tour life, Ellis said: “It’s a really difficult one to understand unless you’re doing it.
“You’re doing something that you love doing…more than life; being out there performing, it’s like breathing. It’s so special.
“And having that relationship with an audience and making people feel things [and seeing them] react the way that they do, is incredible.
“Also, the other side of it that people don’t see, or perhaps they now do see because of social media, is the time that you’re out for months at a time, you’re away from your family, you’re in a lot of hotel rooms – which sounds very glamorous – but actually you’re on your own quite a bit.”