Brian May says he felt “angry and depressed” after being “ambushed” by a “disrespectful” TV crew that led to an argument on the camera
- Queen guitarist Brian May spoke out after the altercation at Brisbane airport
- The 72-year-old guitarist repeatedly asked a cameraman to stop filming
- May lost his temper when the cameraman refused and tried to grab the camera
- He said on Thursday that he was struggling with “anger and depression”
Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May spoke out after a fight with a cameraman after his landing in Australia.
The 72-year-old met fans outside of Brisbane Airport on arrival with a private jet.
A cameraman started filming May fans, so the guitarist repeatedly asked him to stop.
Before he got his phone, the cameraman forced him to film May, which made the guitarist seem to be furious.
“Oh, you’re smart, right?” Mei said, as reported by 7News. ‘What a parasite you are.
May meets fan Cooper Simmons near the Brisbane airport on Tuesday for an exchange of views with a cameraman
“Just leave us alone, you want. I do not understand?’
The cameraman rolled his phone and asked May to leave a young fan and approach him.
“Go away now!” he said.
He apologized to his fans for the outburst before he left.
When he went to Instagram on Thursday, the famous musician told his side of the story.
“There is a thin line between anger and depression, and I’ve been struggling with that since I got ambushed and harassed by a news team on TV, just outside the plane from New Zealand,” he said.
“I’m not exactly known to be aggressive, even in spite of provocation, but this man caught me on his surprise – one of the most rude and disrespectful camera people I have ever met.”
May said he tried to ignore the cameraman for as long as possible.
“He continued to film and turned the camera aggressively on my face. For me, that felt like a deliberate invasion of my space and downright unfriendly. ”
Brian May from Queen attends the press conference for the Rhapsody Tour at the Conrad Hotel on January 16, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea
He said he lost patience after the cameraman pulled out his phone to continue filming after being repeatedly asked to stop.
“I went to him with the intention of temporarily separating him from his phone and actually putting a hand on it, before my security guard advised me carefully.”
May said he worked through his feelings of “public disrespect” and should not have fallen for the bait because the cameraman had the only footage of the incident.
He said he was enormously grateful for the support of fans who have approached him in recent days and that he is very fond of Queensland.
“Tomorrow morning I will get up and prepare with the intention of giving the best performance of my life … and a determination to give our great fans in Brisbane the best night of their lives.”
May is in the country for the Australian stage of Queen and Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody Tour.
The band plays in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast until February.
They will also play at the Fire Fight Australia charity concert to raise money for bushfire victims on February 16 at ANZ Stadium.
May perform with Queen and Adam Lambert in Auckland during their Rhapsody Tour