Brian May already had one good idea, and it seems he may just have had another.
The Queen guitarist was in London on Friday, to help launch the eBook of ’40 Years of Queen’ - a treasure trove of delights for any Queen fan with an iPad, filled to the brim with narrative from the band’s history from the first gigs through to the era-defining stadium appearances in the 1980s, personal anecdotes about each of the band members and links to iTunes so you can hear snippets of all the relevant tracks and concert set lists (and purchase them at your leisure, naturally).
Queen - 40 years remembered in this new eBook of anecdotes and memorabilia
In amongst all this lot is a very personal collection of souvenirs from Brian May’s own stores – ticket stubs, programmes, handwritten letters, all sorts of momentoes that normally disappear.
“I was very aware of history,” reflected the guitarist at the launch on Friday in one of the Groucho Club's tea rooms. “I kept every ticket, every plectrum, and it’s been gathering dust in a temperature-controlled storage room. So it was a curious enterprise going back through everything, and remembering what it all represented.”
Brian May with his friend Sir Patrick Moore just before he died
During the event on Friday, while many fans/journalists happily played with the iPad app, May was naturally drawn to talking about the recent death of his great friend, the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, with whom May had collaborated on a book only months before Moore died, aged 89.
"You can't be too sad, he had a wonderful life and died surrounded by his friends, with his cat on his legs.
“But Patrick had such a complex life, all his astronomy charts and books, the music he composed, the poems he wrote… it’s a challenge trying to work out what to do with it all.”
May was referring to the contents of Moore's house in West Sussex, which was filled with the astronomer's souvenirs from 55 years of presenting 'The Sky at Night', plus correspondence with other leading astronomers, alongside many thousands of books, including ones written by Moore himself.
And then another bright idea dawned in the room… perhaps an eBook for all of Patrick’s stuff, too?
“Now that’s an idea,” said May, thoughtfully. “There’s already huge amounts of astronomy on the internet, so that would make perfect sense… thankyou very much.”
You heard it here first, people. Meanwhile, interactive extras on the Queen eBook include dynamic photo galleries, audible quotes and handwritten lyrics, together with audio forewords from Brian May and Roger Taylor, and it's among the most advanced eBooks currently available.
The eBook is published by Carlton Digital, and you can download it here - price £9.99
And here's a little something else for Queen fans...
Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
The official 'Bohemian Rhapsody' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'. Please favourite/like and subscribe! Lyrics below: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide No escape from reality Open your eyes Look up to the skies and see I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go A little high, little low Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me Mama, just killed a man Put a gun against his head Pulled my trigger, now he's dead Mama, life had just begun But now I've gone and thrown it all away Mama, ooo Didn't mean to make you cry If I'm not back again this time tomorrow Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters Too late, my time has come Sends shivers down my spine Body's aching all the time Goodbye everybody - I've got to go Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows) I don't want to die I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all I see a little silhouetto of a man Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo Figaro - magnifico But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me He's just a poor boy from a poor family Spare him his life from this monstrosity Easy come easy go - will you let me go Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go Will not <b>...</b>
Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now'
The official 'Don't Stop Me Now' music video. Taken from 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Queen - 'The Show Must Go On' (Music Video)
The official 'The Show Must Go On' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Innuendo'. Please visit us at www.thunderboltgames.com
Queen - 'Fat Bottomed Girls'
The official 'Fat Bottomed Girls' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Queen - We are the champions, live
We are the champions live.
Queen & David Bowie
Another one bites the dust Queen
Another one bites the dust
Queen - 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'
The official 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Music video by Queen performing Radio Ga Ga. (C) 2003 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive license to Hollywood Records, Inc.
Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever (High Quality)
Who wants to live forever when love must die? Who waits forever anyway? Enjoy this single!
Queen - Killer Queen
Music video by Queen performing Killer Queen. (C) 1974 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV
Queen - 'Liar'
The official 'Liar' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Queen - Bicycle Race
the video of this classic song
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Music video by Queen performing I Want To Break Free. (C) 1984 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV
Queen - Innuendo
Queen - Innuendo (1991)
Queen - 'Flash'
The official 'Flash' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Queen- 'Princes Of The Universe'
The official 'Princes Of The Universe' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 2'.