NEAR WEST SIDE — Queen guitarist Brian May used a selfie stick to film the crowd at United Center last week, with fans roaring as the image was shown on a large screen.
"The thing about selfie sticks is that they're really not, I guess, for taking pictures of yourself. That's not what they're for. What they're for is going someplace with someone you love, people you love and some place that you love and you want to immortalize it...right?" he said to the crowd.
Here's what it looked like:
The selfie stick crowd pleaser seems to be a regular thing for the rocker, as he has a number of similar videos posted on his YouTube channel. In 2015, he filmed the crowd in Rio De Janeiro using a GoPro Hero camera mounted on a selfie stick, telling the 80,000 attendees it could be "the biggest selfie stick moment in the whole universe."
From his Twitter page, the 69-year-old, who holds a doctorate in astrophysics, said he became intrigued with the "selfie stick culture" in 2014.
I'm fascinated ! The Selfie Stick culture has overtaken me ! See Bri's Soapbox a little later for details ! Bri pic.twitter.com/3Mv2nSc3Hy— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) August 14, 2014
Below is his explanation of why he does it:
Below, he uses the stick in 2015 to give fans a behind-the-scenes tour.
The Queen + Adam Lambert Show at the United Center show earned rave reviews, with the Sun-Times calling it "ferocious."