Brian May Recalls Convincing Queen Elizabeth II To Perform At The Queen Show

On June 4, 2022, in Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee with a series of special events, including a star-studded concert. Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, took the stage and opened the ceremony with ‘We Will Rock You.’ Right before the performance, Queen Elizabeth clinked away her teacup to the drum beat of the classic song. Recently speaking to Gold Radio’s James Bassam, Brian May detailed how he persuaded her to take a small role in the show.

“I went a bit further because it would be nice to have marching bands but wouldn’t it be nice if the Queen could actually start the whole thing off by tapping something?” said Brian May, revealing that it was his idea to make Her Majesty start the concert. “I had this idea where you could start from the corgis, and you would pan around, and you see the Queen signing some documents with a pencil going, [starts tapping the ‘We Will Rock You’ melody].”

The guitarist continued, “So, I don’t know what they thought of it because I didn’t hear back from BBC. They said, ‘No, we can’t tell you what we think. We will take it into consideration.’ And it wasn’t until the night before the show that they finally said, ‘Okay, we did get the Queen.’”

May added, “It was so hush-hush. Nobody was allowed to [know]. I actually kind of had an inkling because the very fact that they couldn’t tell me, told me something, it had to be very secret if they couldn’t tell me, because I’m supposed to be working making all fit together. But it was good news; she performed it so well with the spoon and everything. The Paddington Bear was also an excellent performer.”

Brian May’s extraordinary rooftop performance at the Golden Jubilee party is still on many people’s minds as one of the most memorable moments in music history. After twenty years, the Queen guitarist was back at Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Jubilee concert. May added another notable moment to the show by including Queen Elizabeth II in the historical performance.

Besides Queen + Adam Lambert, prominent artists like Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, and many others also performed at the special event. It was broadcast live by the BBC and became the most-watched television event of 2022 in the UK.