A Carnoustie piper’s dreams came true earlier this week ‘making a big noise’ playing on stage in Glasgow with Rock Gods Queen.
It was a kind of magic for internationally renowned bagpiper Craig Weir (21) on Wednesday night when he joined Brian May and the surviving members of Queen onstage at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for a special rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’.
The performance was a surprise addition to the programme to give it a Scottish twist, but it was not just the audience who were surprised!
Craig explained: “When I got an email from Brian May asking me to play with them I thought it was a wind-up.
“But it soon became clear it really was him and he really was asking me to play with them at their Scots show. When I was confirmed for the gig I instantly got the shakes. I couldn’t believe it. To say I’ve stood on stage and played with Queen is more than a little ridiculous!”
Craig was chosen after Brian came up with the idea of have a piper support them on ‘We Will Rock You’ at the Glasgow gig and heard how Craig and his band Gleadhraich promote the bagpipes to young people by using them on arrangements of classic rock songs as well as their own rock-based tunes. Craig won a Young Scot award last year for his work and Gleadhraich were Cultural Ambassadors for their home county of Angus last year because of their role in promoting the pipes.
After the gig Craig said: “The opportunity to stand on stage and play with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert was absolutely incredible, one of the best moments of my life. I got such an adrenaline buzz from it.
“I have to thank Brian May for such an incredible opportunity. He seemed really pleased with me and the first thing he did when he got off-stage was give me a big hug.”
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