Saturday, May 30, 2009


Brian May, Roger Taylor and their band, Queen, were in entertainment news headlines following an appearance in the American Idol finale show, when they backed the two finalists, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on "We Are The Champions".

Brian May, Wikipedia tells us, is a musician and astrophysicist - two words you don't often see in the same sentence! He's entitled to add Ph.D and CBE after his name. (CBE = Commander of the Order of the British Empire - for "services to the music industry" - an honor bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.)

As an astrophysicist, I seriously doubt that May would have anything good to say about astrology. Never mind!

Adam Lambert has been likened to Freddie Mercury by viewers old enough to remember the lead singer and his soaring voice from Queen's heyday. The unexpected appearance of Brian May and Roger Taylor with Queen on American Idol triggered the rumor mill to start its grinding......"has Adam been offered a job with them?"

Rolling Stone carried an article, it now seems to be missing from their website, but from which several other sites still carry this extract, from an interview with Brian May:

After Adam Lambert's killer performance with QUEEN on Wednesday night's season finale of "American Idol", rumors flew that he had already been offered a job singing with the band. That's slightly premature, according to the band's guitarist, Brian May. “Amongst all that furor, there wasn't really a quiet moment to talk," May tells Rolling Stone in an e-mail interview. "But [drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It's not like we, as QUEEN, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there."

Whether or not any collaboration of Adam and Queen comes to pass, it's an interesting exercise to look at the charts of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert, to see whether there are any helpful links indicating likelihood of compatibility on a professional level.

There is still some doubt about Adam's time of birth. He confirmed his place of birth in interview on a TV show this week. He was born in Indianapolis, not San Diego (where he grew up) or Los Angeles (where he lives now). So my earlier charts for Adam are a wee bit skewed, though not as far as they present planets in signs - those remain the same. There's also the matter of relocation to consider. He said that he grew up in San Diego, and has lived in California ever since. What's involved with time of birth and relocation are houses and angles only - not planets in signs.

Adam has said on his Face Book page that he has Libra rising. I'm going with that for the moment, and using an estimated degree. What we don't know is whether he had a reliable source for this information. He's a bright guy, said to be interested in astrology himself - I have confidence that he will have checked it out. This, then, is his natal chart, updated with the information so far available. I'm doubtful about him having Cancer at midheaven though. My relocation tool uses equal houses; I can't manipulate a time of birth with Gemini at midheaven as well as Libra rising - though that would seem to be an ideal combination. No doubt all will become clear in time. Any extra information from readers will be gratefully welcomed !

Brian May was born in Hampton. London, UK on 19 July 1947 (no time known, 12noon used below).

Roger Taylor was born 26 July 1949 in Dersingham, Norfolk, UK (no time known -12 noon used below).

Here are a few astrological connections:
Adam's Sun and Mercury in Aquarius are in scratchy quincunx aspect to Brian's Mercury/Venus in Cancer, and oppose his Moon/Saturn/Pluto in Leo. But Adam's Moon in Aries trines Brian's Leo planets - so I'd say that the two have a good chance of understanding one another on some levels while there are some differences of approach and attitude on others. If Adam's midheaven is, indeed, in Cancer, this would be another "plus", linking to Brian's natal Cancer planets.

Both Brian and Adam have Jupiter in Scorpio - both passionate and determined, often to excess.

Brian's Sun in Cancer opposes Adam's Venus in Capricorn - underlining, again, certain differences in their approach.

Roger Taylor's Jupiter in Capricorn is conjunct Adam's Venus at the same degree - a nice link there.

Adam's Aries Moon is in trine with Roger's Leo Sun - another good link.

Further than this I will not venture. From the remarks of both Adam and Brian May, it appears likely that at least one or two collaborations might figure in future plans. While I doubt that the guys would ever be bosom buddies, their natal Moons and/or Suns do lie in harmonious trine, so there'll be enough understanding to overcome any differences reflected by planetary oppositions - which, in any case could provide some useful dynamic energy.

Thinking about Brian May, one memory springs immediately to mind: his rendition of Britain's National amthem, "God Save the Queen" played on the ramparts of Buckingham Palace on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee (50 years reign) in 2002 - here it is:


Shawn Carson said...

You got me to wondering if Brian May had an opinion on astrology. It took me awhile to figure it out, as there is a lot of misinformation on the internet announcing May's doctorate in astrology, which they obviously confused with astronomy. Finally, I found an interview where May says quite simply that he has no interest in astrology, and lightly poo-poos it.
I agree with your take on the compatibility of these three men. They could do each other some good in the short term, but there aren't planets in common to make for a long term relationship, based on the info we have.

Twilight said...

Shawn ~~ Ah! I'd just assumed that May wouldn't want to let the astronomy/skeptic side down - thanks for confirming it. :-)

I've just taken a peek at Freddie Merury's chart via Astrodatabank.
Interesting that he had a stellium in Libra similar to Adam's.
Adam has Mars 16*, Freddie Mars 17*Libra.
Both have a planet at 26 Libra, and 22 & 28* are also featured.

The last 15 degrees of Libra are part of Via Combusta - lol!
As both are/were rather hot and combustible vocalists, that's a nice coincidence. :-D

The Next President of the United States said...

Had never heard Brian May's version of "God Save the Queen," and I must confess, it was ... uh, stirring! However, no nation's national anthem has ever been given the treatment Mr. Hendrix gave the U.S. "National Anthem" at the end of Woodstock 1969. Just had to mention that!
At present, when it comes to innovative renditions of national anthems, I'd rank it:
1. Hendrix's version of The National Anthem
2. Marvin Gaye's version of The National Anthem at an NBA All-Star Game in the 1970s
3. May's version of "God Save the Queen"

The Next President of the United States said...

OK, I got the date wrong on Marvin Gaye's National Ahthem - was actually the NBA All-Star Game in 1983. Here's the link:

And I also just discovered there's a version of Marvin Gaye's National Anthem that was redone at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, which is one of those "Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole" technology things, on which Marvin's daughter Nona sings with him. Here's that link:

Not sure why I'm making such a big deal about this!! But it's fun!!!

Twilight said...

TNPOTUS ~~~ Teeeeheee - I'll take your Marvin Gaye and raise you Adam Lambert

(You can keep Jimi Hendrix - EEeek!)

British vocalists tend to shy away from GSTQ a bit - the Sex Pistols did a snarky version to which I shall not link.

The great thing about Brian May's version is the location - as we watched with dropped jaws I remember saying -"Do the security people know he's up there?" - LOL!

The Next President of the United States said...

I shall keep my Hendrix and my Marvin Gaye, thank you very much!! :-)

Adam still has a way to go to reach exalted Smokey Robinson/Marvin Gaye altitude.

No one's reached Hendrix altitude, but I do realize he's an, ah, "acquired" taste. Still, when guitarists like Clapton, Pete Townshend and even B.B. KIng say Jimi is singular in his genius with guitar, I'm not going to argue.

How did we ever get into this conversation.? Oh, yeah, I started it, didn't I?

Twilight said...

TNPOTUS ~~ Take no notice of me - I'm a gal with very simple tastes musically - technical ability with instruments such as guitar, trumpet, drums, whatever, is lost on me (ask Himself!) I just want melody and lyrics, a beautiful voice with some emotional input and a certain style. ;-)

'Twas an njoyable conversation though! :-)

The Next President of the United States said...

Actually, our tastes aren't all that much different. When it comes to genres like punk, slash/grunge rock and rap, I miss hearing a melody, and lyrics also become problematic. That's why I get bored with those genres so quickly. :-)

Still, I do get swept off my feet by virtuoso and interesting musicianship. So as always, I'm just a Gemini wanting to have it both ways!!!