Brian May knows he's getting older. During his recent vacation to Zanzibar, he was reminded of this fact. He writes about the incident on his website, but it also touched a nerve.
"I showed my passport, as you do, to the young chap ... and he said, 'Oh, but the man in this picture has black hair - doesn’t look anything like you!' ... I said, 'Oh - well, you know - it happens. Happens to us all. Do you know - it will even happen to YOU - if you’re lucky!'
"It’s amusing, but there’s a serious truth here. We are all massively conscious these days that we mustn’t behave or speak in ways that are sexist, or racist, or me-too-ist, or gender binarist. All well and good, as long as we have the sense not to use such ideals to persecute people who are actually innocent.
"But let me tell you, it’s not generally acknowledged, but ageism is alive and well. I hear every day of brilliant mature men and women being rejected for a job they have vast experience in doing just because they are considered ‘past it’. I’m lucky - in the job I do, nobody can hire or fire me. But then again, maybe [Queen drummer] Roger [Taylor] will decide that a younger version of me would be preferable for the [upcoming] tour..."
May, Taylor and Adam Lambert start rehearsals for the Queen tour next week in London, followed by production rehearsals the week after in Los Angeles.