Brian May Concertography 2000-2019


This page is an overview of Brian's live career from 2000 to 2019. All of the shows on this page are one-off performances, rather than a fully structured tour.

The list includes almost every show, apart from TV appearances where he only appeared to perform (or mime) a single track, and other artists' shows where he performed on a couple of the artists' own tracks (the shows are included if he performed any tracks by Queen, or his own solo tracks). For a more comprehensive list, with exact setlists and details of live recordings, please see the Queen Concerts website.

Shows which feature Kerry Ellis alongside Brian now have their own page here.

'We Will Rock You' Solo Appearances
2001 Alice Cooper Concert (1)
2001 Montreux Jazz Festival (2)
2001 Cambridge Union Society (1)
2002 Liza Minelli's Wedding (1)
2002 Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Concert (1)
2003 Lonnie Donegan Memorial Service (1)
2003 Def Leppard Concert (1)
2004 House Of Guitars Concert (1)
2004 University Of Hertfordshire Event (1)
2004 Strat Pack 50th Anniversary Concert (1)
2004 Grand Order Of Water Rats Ball (1)
2005 46664 Arctic (1)
2006 'Love Letter To Dan' Concert (1)
2006 McFly Concert (1)
2009 Mazz Murray's Wedding (1)
2009 John Moores University Appearance (1)
2011 Enfield School Appearance (1)
2011 Eddy Christianni Awards (1)
2011 Starmus Festival (1)
2011 Reading Festival (1)
2011 MTV Music Video Awards (1)
2011 The Darkness Concert (1)
2011 Mel C Concert (1)
2012 Radio 1 Live Lounge Session (1)
2012 Private Party (1)
2013 Oxford Union (1)
2014 Starmus Festival (1)
2014 Red Special Book Launch (1)
2014 Classic Rock Awards Ceremony (1)
2016 Starmus Festival (1)
2019 Starmus Festival (1)
2019 James Burton & Friends Concert (1)
2019 Sandhurst Chapel Carol Service (1)

'We Will Rock You' Solo Appearances

Brian has made the following appearances during the finale of the musical, playing guitar with the cast on vocals. They are listed here as they are so numerous, and so many of the details are repeated. See also the 1992-2006 and 2007-2020 Queen Concertography pages for details of appearances alongside Roger.

WWRY London - Dominion Theatre, London, England

WWRY UK Touring Production

WWRY Spain - Teatro Calderon, Madrid, Spain

WWRY Rest Of The World

2001 Alice Cooper Concert

We Will Rock You (instrumental), School's Out
1. 18 May 2001 - Wembley Arena, London, England

2001 Montreux Jazz Festival

First night: Luke's Blues
Second night: I Don't Want Nobody (Teasing Around With Me), Let Me Out, Tie Your Mother Down, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On (finale)

It seems likely that the first night was probably Brian making a guest appearance with someone else, but I don't know for sure.
1. 6 July 2001 - Montreux Jazz Festival, Stravinski Hall, Montreux, Switzerland
2. 7 July 2001 - Montreux Jazz Festival, Stravinski Hall, Montreux, Switzerland

2001 Cambridge Union Society

With God On Our Side, We Will Rock You
1. 9 October 2001 - Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

2002 Liza Minelli's Wedding

We Are The Champions (acoustic instrumental version), Tie Your Mother Down
1. 16 March 2002 - Liza Minelli's Wedding, New York, USA

2002 Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Concert

Is This The World We Created (Brian on vocals), I'll Do My Crying In The Rain (duet), Run To You (Bryan Adams on vocals), Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Bryan Adams on vocals)

Brian performed at this charity night in aid of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, performing 'Is This The World We Created?' by himself, before being joined by Bryan Adams for the other tracks.
1. 10 November 2002 - Royal Opera House, London, England

2003 Lonnie Donegan Memorial Service

I'm Just A Rolling Stone, Have A Drink On Me

Brian played these two tracks, possibly with other artists, and may well have performed more tracks than those listed.
1. 8 May 2003 - Lonnie Donegan Memorial Service, St Paul's, Covent Garden, London, England

2003 Def Leppard Concert

Tie Your Mother Down
1. 31 October 2003 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England

2004 House Of Guitars Concert

Amazing Grace, Guitar Solo, Chinese Torture

This was a brief appearance at the opening of the House Of Guitars in London.
1. 8 January 2004 - House Of Guitars, London, England

2004 University Of Hertfordshire Event

Guitar improvisation, We Will Rock You, Brighton Rock, Amazing Grace, Puttin' On The Style, Rock Island Line

Brian performed a number of tracks at this event, and gave a lengthy speech.
1. 9 January 2004 - University Of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England

2004 Strat Pack 50th Anniversary Concert

Oh Boy (with The Crickets), Maybe Baby (Brian on vocals, with The Crickets), Love You More Than I Can Say (with The Crickets), Every Day (with The Crickets), Peggy Sue (with The Crickets), I Fought The Law (with The Crickets), That'll Be The Day (Brian on vocals, with The Crickets), All Right Now (with Paul Rodgers), Stay With Me (all-star finale)

This concert was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. It featured a number of guitar legends including Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, Dave Gilmour, Ronnie Wood and Gary Moore. Brian performed a medley with The Crickets, before returning to perform 'All Right Now' with Paul Rodgers. He was then part of the all star finale of 'Stay With Me'. Seven of the nine tracks are available on a DVD of the concert.

1. 24 September 2004 - Strat Pack 50th Anniversary Concert, Wembley Arena, London, England

2004 Grand Order Of Water Rats Ball

Freight Train, I'm Just A Rollin' Stone, Mama Don't Allow

This was the Annual Ball of the Grand Order Of Water Rats. The vocalists for each track are unknown.
1. 28 November 2004 - Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England

2005 46664 Arctic

The Theme From The Gladiator (with Jivan Gasparyan), The Last Temptation Of Christ (with Jivan Gasparyan and Peter Gabriel), Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime (with Zucchero and Sharon Corr), Cosi Celeste (with Zucchero and Sharon Corr)

Brian appeared on all tracks, playing acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals on one track, 'Cosi Celeste'. He may also have appeared on 'Senza Una Donna' with Zucchero, and 'Asimbonanga', the all-star finale with Johnny Clegg. The house band consisted of Spike Edney (keyboards), Jamie Moses (guitars), John Marte (drums) and Steve Stroud (bass).
1. 11 June 2005 - 46664 Arctic, Fyllingen, Tromso, Norway

2006 'Love Letter To Dan' Concert

Who Wants To Live Forever (Mazz Murray on vocals)

This was a tribute to Dan Crawford, who was a theatre friend of Brian and Anita's. Brian performed with Mazz Murray on vocals and Mike Dixon on piano.
1. 16 July 2006 - Love Letter To Dan Concert, Novello Theatre, London, England

2006 McFly Concert

Don't Stop Me Now, Guitar Solo, 5 Colours In Her Hair
1. 22 September 2006 - Wembley Arena, London, England

11 December 2008 - 1 concert with Kery Ellis at the Royal Variety Performance in London, England

2009 Mazz Murray's Wedding

Love Of My Life (Mazz Murray vocals), Tie Your Mother Down (Mazz or Gina Murray vocals)

Brian appeared at Mazz Murray's wedding, who played the role of the Killer Queen in 'We Will Rock You' from 2004 onwards.
1. 18 June 2009 - The Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton, Bedfordshire, England

20 June 2009 - 26 June 2009 - 4 concerts at 'Kerry Ellis Sings 'The Great British Songbook'' shows in London, England

2009 John Moores University Appearance

Guitar Improvisation

This was a brief appearance at the opening of a new media centre at the university.
1. 23 July 2009 - John Moores University, Liverpool, England

1 November 2009 - 13 November 2010 - 8 shows with Kerry Ellis at Pinktober, Night Of 1000 Voices, and various TV shows in the UK

2011 Enfield School Appearance

We Will Rock You, unknown tracks

Brian, with Anita Dobson, visited this special-needs school to present them with a minibus, as part of their role as sponsors of the Variety Club Children's Charity. Brian played an impromptu version of 'We Will Rock You', and apparently joined the school choir for a few songs.
1. 14 February 2011 - West Lea School, Enfield, London, England

18 April 2011 - 1 performance with Kerry Ellis on the 'Fern' TV show in London, England

2011 Eddy Christianni Awards

Don't Stop Me Now, Guitar Solo, Tie Your Mother Down

Brian collected an award and performed three tracks, with Roel van Velzen on vocals for the first and last.
1. 23 April 2011 - Eddy Christianni Awards, Arsenaaltheater, Vlissingen, Netherlands

1 May 2011 - 17 June 2011 - 17 shows with Kerry Ellis as part of the 'Anthems' tour, a TV show appearance, and Born Free Foundation Gala Dinner in England

2011 Starmus Festival

Supernova (Real Star Sounds), Last Horizon, Sally's Garden, We Will Rock You (Brian on vocals)

Brian performed these tracks with Tangerine Dream, at a concert as part of the six day Starmus Festival, which celebrated 50 years of space exploration. The 'Supernova (Real Star Sounds)' piece was a new composition, and contained sounds harnessed from the natural vibrations of stars. 'We Will Rock You' had a lengthy instrumental ending, which was partly improvised, while the remaining tracks were all instrumental. The show was later released on the 'Starmus - Sonic Universe' album.
1. 24 June 2011 - Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain

3 July 2011 - 16 July 2011 - 2 shows with Kerry Ellis at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed and RAF Cranwell in England

2011 Reading Festival

We Will Rock You, Welcome To The Black Parade

Brian joined My Chemical Romance at the Reading Festival to perform 'We Will Rock You' and one of their own tracks.
1. 26 August 2011 - Reading Festival, Little John's Farm, Reading, England

2011 MTV Music Video Awards

Yoü And I

Brian performed this track with Lady Gaga at the MTV Music Video Awards, which he had collaborated on earlier in the year.
1. 28 August 2011 - MTV Music Video Awards, Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, USA

2011 The Darkness Concert

Bareback, Tie Your Mother Down, I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Brian joined The Darkness, playing guitar on all three tracks.
1. 25 November 2011 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England

25 November 2011 - 1 show with Kerry Ellis at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London, England

2011 Mel C Concert

One Vision

Brian joined former Spice Girl Mel C at her concert to play guitar on 'One Vision', with Mel C on vocals.
1. 9 December 2011 - The Scala, London, England

16 February 2012 - 19 February 2012 - 2 shows with Kerry Ellis in San Remo, Italy, and the WhatsOnStage Awards in London, England

2012 Radio 1 Live Lounge Session

Rockstar, We Will Rock You

Brian performed these two tracks with Dappy on Ferne Cotton's radio show, with a short interview afterwards. 'Rockstar' was a much stripped-down version of the track, while 'We Will Rock You' featured alternate lyrics throughout from Dappy. Both tracks were released on deluxe versions of Dappy's 'Bad Intentions' album, while a further download included the video of 'Rockstar'.
1. 27 February 2012 - Radio 1 'Live Lounge' session, unknown venue, England

27 March 2012 - 26 May 2012 - 3 shows with Kerry Ellis at the Born Free Foundation in South Africa, 'Friday Night Is Music Night' radio show, and the All Cannings Charity Concert in England

2012 Private Party

Unknown setlist, believed to include 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'All Right Now'

This was a private party, held at Brian's home, for one of his friends. The band apparently featured Ronan Kavanagh on vocals, Dave Colwell on guitar, Chris Grainger on drums, and Rick Willis on bass.
1. 27 August 2012 - Brian's home, Surrey, England

1 September 2012 - 18 Febuary 2013 - 17 concerts with Kerry Ellis, including the 'Born Free' tour

2013 Oxford Union


Brian appeared at the Oxford Union, playing a short improvisation. He will also undoubtedly have spoken about either astro-physicists or animal welfare.
1. 27 February 2013 - Oxford Union, Oxford, England

1 March 2013 - 5 May 2014 - 39 concerts with Kerry Ellis, including two 'Born Free' tours

2014 Starmus Festival

Last Horizon / Guitar Solo, '39, Starship Trooper

Brian performed with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, as part of the second Starmus Festival, at which Brian also spoke. Brian performed 'Last Horizon', which included a lengthy guitar solo in the middle, followed by '39, which he sang, before returning to the stage for the final part of 'Starship Trooper' at the end of the show. The full show was released on the 'Starmus' DVD in 2016.
1. 26 September 2014 - Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain

2014 Red Special Book Launch

Guitar Improvisation

Brian hosted this event to launch his 'Red Special' book, and naturally performed a guitar improvisation.
1. 1 October 2014 - Red Special Book Launch, Century Club, London, England

2014 Classic Rock Awards Ceremony

Tie Your Mother Down

Brian performed with the Kings Of Chaos at this event, where Queen + Adam Lambert were awarded best band of the year. The track featured Joe Elliott on vocals, and was probably broadcast on US TV on 28 December during coverage of the event.
1. 4 November 2014 - Classic Rock Awards Ceremony, The Avalon, Hollywood, USA

1 June 2015 - 26 April 2016 - 25 concerts with Kerry Ellis, including the 'One Voice' European Tour

2016 Starmus Festival

Time (Inception)

Brian played guitar with Hans Zimmer on this instrumental track as part of the third Starmus Festival, at which he also spoke.
1. 1 July 2016 - Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

9 April 2017 - 2 December 2018 - 3 shows with Kerry Ellis on The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio, at a Kerry Ellis Concert, and at the A West End Christmas concert

2019 Starmus Festival

Who Wants To Live Forever (vocals by Brian and Vittorio Grigolo), '39 (vocals by Brian), We Are The Champions (vocals by Vittorio Grigolo)

This was the fifth Starmus festival. 'Who Wants To Live Forever' was a tribute to Stephen Hawking, and featured vocals by Brian and Vittorio Grigolo.
'39' was sung by Brian, with a full orchestral accompaniment, and was conducted by Stuart Morley, who created the new arrangement with Brian.
'We Are The Champions' featured vocals by Vittorio Grigolo, with Brian on guitar.
Both 'Who Wants To Live Forever' and 'We Are The Champions' also featured Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman and Hans Zimmer (who arranged the pieces), with Martin Gellner conducting. All three tracks featured the 21st Century Orchestra & Chorus.
Brian sang the first two tracks, and only played guitar on 'We Are The Champions'. He also gave a presentation about the 'Mission Moon' book during the festival.
1. 24 June 2019 - Starmus V Festival, Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland

2019 James Burton & Friends Concert

25 Or 6 To 4, Last Horizon, Tie Your Mother Down, Rocky Mountain Way, Heartbreak Hotel, Johnny B Goode

This was a fundraising show for the James Burton Foundation. The tracks variously featured James Burton, Joe Walsh, Sammy Hagar, Mickey Dolenz, Jason Scheff and bandleader Paul Shaffer, though probably not on every track. Presumably, Brian sang 'Tie Your Mother Down' and played guitar on the other tracks.
1. 12 November 2019 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, USA

2019 Sandhurst Chapel Carol Service

Hark The Herald Angels Sing (including a snippet of 'Last Horizon')

This was a carol service in aid of the Save Me Trust, and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue. Brian did a reading, then an instrumental version of 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing' on a Fender Stratocaster.
1. 18 December 2019 - The Chapel of The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England