Brian May has spoken of how he was moved to take part in a special episode of CBBC series Andy and the Band, after initially having doubts about the idea.
According to The Independent, the Queen guitarist was offered the chance to star in the children’s TV show as the Godfather of Rock, who makes music with the band The Odd Socks.
Each episode of the show features presenter Andy Day and his band completing odd jobs to help their fans and save the day. Previous guest stars have included Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, and BBC Radio’s Zoe Ball.
“It was very moving because it’s a great story, it’s such a lovely look into what happens to kids and how they lose their confidence and what can be done,” May told the PA news agency of his episode..
“It is a good song, I didn’t write it, I did contribute. I’m a person who can’t help sticking my oar in so we did collaborate on it.”
The 74-year-old pointed out that the band speak to children who “feel like they’re an outcast – it’s an antibullying campaign built into what they do, which I think is wonderful”.
“It must give so many kids confidence who have lost their belief because they’re regarded as something different, a bit odd, and they get bullied,” he continued.
“All the grown ups that I’ve shown it to have been very moved, some of them have cried, which is great.”