Brian May To The Fans: ‘Call Me A Hypocrite And I’ll Block You’
Brian May is in the middle of The Rhapsody Tour with Queen + Adam Lambert, which is drawing to a close this Wednesday. Recently, he posted a video on Instagram, showing airport staff in Japan saying goodbye as he moved from his private jet to a car, ready for the next tour stop.
This post came after a follower called him out for using private planes while speaking up for environmental issues and climate change. In response, May explained to his 3.3 million followers why private travel is part of their tour logistics:
“Arriving (just in time bc) for our last internal flight of the tour. Everyone is so polite, and welcoming, and helpful here. Someone in my comments was trying to give me grief about using private planes. Generally, I immediately block anyone who calls me a hypocrite – who needs to put up with insults in their own comments page?! (Life’s too short!)”
As an environmental activist and founder of the ‘Save Me’ foundation, the guitarist discussed the steps they take to lessen their carbon footprint. His words continued:
“But of course, we’re well aware of all that stuff, and, unlike the disgraceful Rishi Sunak, we actually care about the environment. So when our team are booking a private plane, we always contribute to a scheme to offset the carbon emissions. and, overall, short of not touring at all, we apply a lot of effort these days to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.”
The Guitarist Is Ready To Block Anyone Calling Him A Hypocrite For His Need For Private Jets
Explaining the need for private planes, May pointed out the demands of touring and performing, especially considering his age. He stressed the importance of comfort and efficiency in maintaining their schedule and giving high-quality performances:
“As far as extravagance, some people might take exception to us making ourselves comfortable on tour, but we take a pride in working at the top level, which means taking every opportunity to work with the top professionals in every field – from drivers, caterers, accommodation, to wardrobe, sound, lights, etc., and taking care of them all.”
“And truly, at the age of 76 odd, doing 2-hour-twenty-minute shows and traveling most days, it would be pretty hard to do this at all without these creature comforts. After about 50 years on the road, I think we paid our dues! So please go ahead and call me a hypocrite, and I’ll take pleasure in blocking you! And to the rest of you lovely folks, I drink you a toast! Cheers all!”
The guitarist and Roger Taylor previously shared insights into the challenges of touring and performing. They’ve hinted that this tour might be their last major one, pointing to the physical toll and the desire to possibly step back from such extensive touring.