Brian May & Kerry Ellis – Anthems Tour 2011

British guitar legend Brian May begins his UK tour with Kerry Ellis on May 1st at the Royal Albert Hall and finishes the main leg of the tour at the Bath Forum on May 21st.

The 13-date tour will electrify audiences with Queen guitarist and rock superstar Brian May performing new arrangements of the favourite songs he has specially chosen to be sung by Kerry, accompanying her on both guitar and vocals.

Brian May says: “Kerry Ellis is now acknowledged as a phenomenon, equally at home in Musical Theatre and Rock. I was convinced from the moment we worked together on We Will Rock You nine years ago, that she was destined to be a worldwide star. The challenge was to develop songs and arrangements to allow that amazing voice to reach its true potential.”

Brian May & Kerry Ellis – Anthems Tour 2011

1 – Royal Albert Hall London
3 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
5 – Gateshead Sage
6 – Sheffield City Hall
8 – Nottingham Royal Centre
9 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
11 – Edinburgh Festival Theatre
12 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
14 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
16 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
18 – Milton Keynes Theatre
19 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
21 – Bath Forum

Accompanying Brian on this tour will be monster UK guitarist Jamie Humphries. Jamie has been talking about his preparations for the upcoming tour on his Facebook page.

Check out Jamie’s website, too:

UPDATE 1: Brian May releases footage from a rehearsal session in Musicland Studios. Brian introduces his band – ahead of tour starting in Royal Albert Hall on May 1st.

UPDATE 2: The tour kicked off on May 1st at the Royal Albert Hall and photos have already been popping up on the internet.

Jamie Humphries & Brian May on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (May 1st 2011)

Jamie Humphries & Brian May on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (May 1st 2011)

To coincide with Brian’s Anthems tour I have unearthed some great YouTube clips of Brian’s guitar tutorial video. There is some great insight into his technique, gear set up and Brian’s handmade guitar with his in phase/out of phase pickup configuration, use of the treble booster, Boss phaser, multiple delays and his old English sixpence as a pick.

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Video Part 3

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. These videos are great and the tour will be magnificent!

The Bath Forum gig on May 21st is in participation with Bath Music Plus

About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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1 Response to Brian May & Kerry Ellis – Anthems Tour 2011

  1. alberto says:

    For all the European fans of this amazing power duo, we recommand to join the Facebook page which claims for the Anthems tour to happen all over Europe. Its full name is “Support the Brian May & Kerry Ellis “Anthems” European Tour”.

    We hope to meet you all soon!!!

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