Mercury News writer Jim Harrington has responded to Queen guitarist Brian May unloading on him after he called the group without Freddie Mercury a ‘tribute’ act in a San Jose concert review.
Harrington wrote on Mercury News, “It should be noted that the review was positive overall, filled with such comments as “the music sounded pretty great as Lambert, the two longtime Queen rockers — guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor — and their sidemen opened the show with ‘Now I’m Here’ and then continued through such gold nuggets as ‘Somebody to Love,’ ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ and ‘Killer Queen.’ Yet, those type of compliments were apparently lost on May.”
May said as part of his initial post, “I have to say that being called a ‘tribute band’ by some half-assed critic in the local paper is an insult I will not quickly forget. We don’t need your condescension, Sonny Jim.
That’s my life’s work you’re dismissing there. I guess you’re the only one who didn’t really ’get it’ in that wonderful rockin’ crowd tonight in the good ol’ SAP Center. I can still hear your roar, folks, ringing in my ears. Bless ya’all. Excellent photo by excellent photographer Helen Bovil ! (sorry Helen – missed that last night) Bri.” Brian May recently revealed where his life was saved from dying.