One Track Mind: Queen’s Brian May with Kerry Ellis, “The Kissing Me Song” (2013)

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Brian May’s on-going collaboration with Kerry Ellis finds the Queen co-founder adding his iconic guitar sound to “The Kissing Me Song,” a cutesy mainstream pop song with a fan-generated video of people smooching to boot.

Even within this largely unsurprising context, however, May finds a way to entertain — even if it’s only over the length of an eruptive solo that lasts all of 15 seconds. May himself then blows a kiss to the camera to send it back to Ellis for the song’s finale.

“The Kissing Me Song” is set for release in June, ahead of a series of intimate concert dates dubbed “The Born Free Tour: Acoustic and By Candlelight.”

Before crossing over into pop music, Ellis cut her teeth in the theater world, debuting on London’s West End in 2001. Ellis met May a year later, when she secured a spot in the cast for We Will Rock You, the Queen jukebox musical. Since, she earned lead roles in a series of musicals, including Wicked which found its way to Broadway.

This is Ellis’ second live jaunt with May, following 2011’s Anthems: The Tour. These new dates, which serve as a tandem awareness project for a threatened-species protection program called the Born Free Foundation, started in November 2012 and continue through this summer.

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