Brian May and Kerry Ellis live at The Core

Kerry Ellis and Brian May, The Core, Corby, November 2012. Photos by David Jackson
Kerry Ellis and Brian May, The Core, Corby, November 2012. Photos by David Jackson

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May joined up with singer Kerry Ellis for a special acoustic show at the Corby Core on Wednesday.

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The pair played some of Queen’s best known hits as well as stripped down versions of classic West End songs and a selection of covers by some of their favourite artists.

More than 400 people packed into the theatre for the show, part of the pair’s Born Free tour which is taking place to highlight the work of the charity.

The Core’s stage was decorated with groups of candles which illuminated the pair who were joined by a keyboard player for their set.

Ellis took on the role of lead vocalist for most of the night, with May providing the occasional lead.

The duo opened with Born Free before playing tracks including Dust In The Wind, Life Is Real, 39 and I’m Not That Girl.

The biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Queen classics which included the tracks We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions and show closer Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

There was also a ‘hillbilly’ version of Tie Your Mother Down and versions of Something by The Beatles -a song described by May as one of the band’s best – and Barbara Streisand’s The Way We Were.

Both Ellis and May were on chatty form throughout the night, introducing songs and explaining the reasons for their choices.

Despite being a night of acoustic music, May plugged in his guitar for a couple of songs for fans hungry to hear his distinctive electric style.

The pair played:

Born Free


I Who Have Nothing

Dusty In The Wind

Cosie Celeste

Somebody To Love

Nothing Really Has Changed

Life Is Real

The Way We Were



Love of My Life

No One But You

Last Horizon

Tie Your Mother Down

Can’t Be Your Friend

We Will Rock You

We Are The Champions

Born Free

Crazy Little Thing called Love