Brian May of Queen is now Sir Bri. The legendary rock guitarist was among the 1,100 distinct individuals honored in the first New Year Honors list of King Charles III. In a recent Instagram video, the newly knighted musician thanked his fans and followers for their congratulations.
In the video, Brian May told fans that he was very thrilled and touched by all the love and support coming from his fans and followers after the happy news. He also added that he would do his very best to be worthy of the prestigious title. Alongside the video, the rocker jokingly wrote his formal full name in a caption, which is now Dr. Sir Brian Harold May, CBE. Bri.
Brian May performed at both the royal occasions of the Golden Jubilee and the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. He performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebration. After being included in the royal honor list, he joins a prestigious rank of fellow musicians including Sir Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Tom Jones, and Sir Rod Stewart. Following the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth, this was the first royal knighthood honor list bestowed by the newly acceded King Charles III.
This prestigious royal honor is distributed by the ruling British monarch to recognize the U.K. citizens demonstrating exemplary achievements or services in their respective fields. Brian May was awarded the top-most royal honor of knighthood. The members of Euro 2022 winner England’s Lionesses soccer team, 38-year-old nanny and activist Louenna Hood, and actor Stephen Graham, among others, were awarded CBE or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The Old West of Cowboys are still Dominating
The wild, Wild West, as they say, can create more suspense, conflict, and drama than any other genre. In the age of multiverses and science fiction, movies like The Revenant and The Power of the Dog portrayed the strength of the old west aesthetic. The wildness of cowboys, the only heroes of the western cinemas in the early years, as well as the freedom it portrayed, drove people to the theatres in masses and still does.
The Old West in Oscars
The old west movies are still generating billions in theatres. The Power of the Dog, released on Netflix in 2021, swept the awards at the Academy Award, Bafta, Critic’s Choice, and Golden Globe Award. The romances in the old western-themed movies stand out because of the high-pressure situations, the numerous characters, the rivalries, and, of course, the crazy cowboys. The Revenant, which was one of the biggest westerns in recent times, focused on the main character, Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo Di Caprio, an abandoned frontiersman who takes revenge on his teammates.
The Influence of Old West Across Cinemas
Starting from the time of The Clementine, the old west lifestyle has inspired cinematographic styles globally. The classic El Dorado portrays the lives of western Americans and is an absolute favorite. Since then, the use of the old west theme has come a long way. It has been used both in thriller suspense and comedy relief. The most famous old west movies in the past decade include Django unchained, Old Henry, and The Magnificent Seven which have earned billions at the box office.
Old West Theme Gaming
Gamers usually get a thrill out of old-west-themed gaming. From the start of western games in 1971 like Oregon Rails and The Wild Gunman to today’s Red Dead Redemption and Fallout New Vegas, the old west theme has remained one of the top-selling genres in the gaming industry. Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 42 million copies. The old west adventure, thriller, and storyline of over 100 hours make it a unique adventure for the gamers. The old west theme has influenced movies in other countries and remains one of the mainstream styles that are yet to go dull. Streaming services like Netflix are also uplifting the aesthetic by making movies like The Harder They Fall and News of the World. So, the lovers of the old west genre, look forward to this theme in movies!