Here's the press release off Bri's website. If you read this, you will see that the honor was in my opinion, based on Brian's charity work, and helping social/good causes, as much as for his music...but that is STILL GREAT!
Let's not pick on Queen Elizabeth that she didn't knight him. I wish she had too, but this is STILL a humbling honor.
I think the reason ONLY Brian got it, and NOT Roger & John, is that Brian is so ACTIVELY involved, on a regular basis, in charity work. The press release below seems to concentrate on that. Not just the AIDS charity work,...
...(which I KNOW Roger does as well),
...but also Brian's work with Riffathon, Cancer, the Bone Marrow bank, etc. etc.
Hopefully, Roger will have his day too and be honored too, as he HAS done SO much for Nelson Mandela's 46664, and for The Mercury Pheonix Truct & Terrance Higgins Trust.
I personally think, and hope that ONE day, the entire band...Queen...will be honored by Queen Elizabeth, Freddie included. Let's all hope for the best. Cheers!
I would also like to say...let's all BE SUPPORTIVE OF BRIAN...and be HAPPY for Brian...and
On behalf of myself, and I would hope of behalf on Queen fans and Brian May fans, worldwide, that we are ALL exceedingly PROUD of and happy for you Brian. Our heartfelt congratulations to you, on being bestowed with an honor you very much deserve.
**Sat 11 Jun 05**
BRIAN MAY, CBE
Extract from The Queen's Birthday Honours List (pages 9 and 10)
We are delighted to report that our own Brian May has been honoured with a CBE, Commander Of The British Empire, in the Queen's Birthday Honors List, just published:
To be Ordinary Commander(s) of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
MAY, Dr. Brian, Composer, Guitarist and Singer. For services to the Music Industry."
Brian has worked very hard for a large number of charitable causes over the years - really making a difference - these include, among many, The Mercury Phoenix Trust and The British Bone Marrow Donor Association, and currently Nelson Mandela's 46664 appeal.
QUEEN GUITARIST MAY'S LONG CAREER
Queen guitarist Brian May's CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, recognising his services to music, is another landmark in a career spanning four decades.
With the hugely successful rock band Queen, May enjoyed huge worldwide success.
Born in Twickenham, Middlesex, in 1947, astronomy student May formed Queen with drummer Roger Taylor in the early 1970s. They recruited flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury and bass player John Deacon.
Queen's powerful glam rock sound - including May's distinctive guitar solos - and Mercury's camp theatrics meant they soon enjoyed a couple of top 10 hits and established a strong live following.
Their innovative seven-minute "mini opera" single Bohemian Rhapsody elevated them to the stadium concert league.
May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor continue to work together.
Released in 1975 and again in 1991, the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" spent a total of 14 weeks at number one in the UK charts. In 2002, May said: "It has become a classic phenomenon and one which no one will ever allow us to forget."
A run of hit singles and albums followed. Songs like "We Will Rock You", "Somebody to Love" and "We are the Champions" became anthems.
They recorded the soundtrack to the film Flash Gordon in 1980 and collaborated with David Bowie on the single Under Pressure the following year.
A memorable performance at Live Aid was generally considered to be among the highlights of the charity show.
But the band's output lessened in the late 1980s as they concentrated on other projects.
And the band suffered a huge loss when Mercury died of Aids in 1991, having battled the illness for some time.
May went on to release solo work and the rest of the band worked together sporadically.