Brian May says the Queen was ‘not impressed’ after his Diamond Jubilee show.

Brian May says he did not believe The Queen enjoyed his performance 20 years ago as he reprized his role in a musical tribute to the monarch’s platinum anniversary celebrations at Buckingham Palace this weekend

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Brian May performing on the roof of Buckingham Palace in 2002

Brian May once admitted he felt the Queen might not have been impressed by his Buckingham Palace rooftop tribute 20 years ago.

But while he obviously felt snubbed, the band’s co-founder still secured a top spot in this weekend’s platinum performance with his musical pals to celebrate the Queen’s 70th reign.

In a resurfaced interview, lead guitarist May recalled his unexpected rooftop appearance at the Golden Jubilee concert in June 2002.

And although the event offered one of the lasting images of the celebrations, May said he wasn’t sure Her Majesty enjoyed her performance, claiming he left because he thought the monarch was “unimpressed”.

Brian May said the performance on the palace roof could have ended in disaster



Speak with The One Show Hosts Alex Jones and Rylan Clark-Neal explained: “[We performed] on Her Majesty’s roof. I don’t know if she was that impressed at the time.”

Recalling that moment, he continued, “I still get goosebumps, that little boost, because the adrenaline was insane and I was like, ‘I’m never going to be scared of anything again.'”

Despite his incredible performing career, May admitted the Palace performance had him in “sheer terror” so as not to “make a fool of himself.”

He added: “People say, ‘Were you scared of falling?’ No, I was scared of being the guy who screws it up on Buckingham Palace with a billion people watching.

“It was totally live and totally dangerous!”

May didn’t disappoint fans with his epic tribute


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And the Platinum performance continued the thrill for music lovers as May appeared under the watchful gaze of the Queen Victoria Memorial Monument, elevated on a giant hydraulic platform.

May told Sky News ahead of the event: “It’s going to be suitably epic for this epic event.”

Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and Andrea Bocelli performed at the Palace party yesterday, which the Queen did not attend.

Brian May said the band had been forced to keep details about how they would play a secret, which proved difficult



However, the monarch appeared in a pre-taped two-and-a-half-minute comedy segment, in which she offered Paddington tea and showed him a jam sandwich, which she keeps in her handbag.

In the short footage, the Queen and Paddington tapped their teacups to the beat of Queens We Will Rock You as the majestic band, featuring US singer Adam Lambert, began playing the hit, accompanied by 34 Royal Marine drummers.

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