In case your musical knowledge doesn’t pre-date the ’90s, Brian May played lead guitar, wrote for and was the sometimes lead singer of Queen. He put the words “We Will Rock You” (surprisingly), “Who Wants to Live Forever” (ironically), and “Fat-Bottomed Girls” (not so surprisingly) in Freddie Mercury’s mouth. Sometimes Freddie shrugged and said, “Ah, bloody ‘ell, I broke my last bottle of Goldschlager with ‘at ‘igh C, so’s ‘ow about I shut my gob and let you ‘ave a go at it?” and sang back up to him.
In the early ’70s, he also had a Bachelor of Sciences degree with honors from the Imperial College of London and was in the middle of his doctorate studying how light reflects off of dust floating in space and the movement of that dust within the solar system. While we at Cracked are sure that Brian May’s heart was pounding with excitement when he first signed up for the classes, we admit that you probably had to be there to give a rat’s ass.
May also apparently grew tired of it, because at that point he took 30 years off from his doctorate to become a millionaire, one of the best guitar players in the world and a member of one of the greatest rock bands in history.
When he wasn’t busy rocking faces, May fiddled around with astrophysics, co-authoring two scientific papers and the book Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Christ Lintott and Patrick Moore. He also has been a regular guest on the latter’s show The Sky at Night for years). Finally, after he was satisfied that he had squeezed all the rocking he could into one lifetime, he went back and got his doctorate in the fall of ’07.
Then, he was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, meaning we now have a man who can look upon both Albert Einstein and Eddie Van Halen and ask why they didn’t get more done.
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