Taken from RTTNews (Apr 29, 2016)
Brian May Donating Instruments To Rock In Rio Auction
by RTT Staff Writer
Brian May has signed on to donate instruments for the upcoming auction put on by the organizers of the Rock in Rio Fest. The festival is collecting autographed instruments from a handful of rock stars including May, Bruce Springsteen and Miley Cyrus and auction proceeds go to a charity to bring instruments to underprivileged kids.
The announcement of May's participation comes at a busy time for the rocker, who also recently made headlines when he said that that actor Sacha Baron Cohen has misrepresented his dealings with Queen.
Cohen had been tapped to play the late Freddie Mercury in a biopic, but exited the production after artistic differences arose.
"Sacha became an arse," May told the Daily Mail. "We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened."
Cohen dropped out he said because the band wanted to put Mercury's death in the middle of the film and follow it with the story of Queen's reaction to it.