01.01.2023 / 18:55
Brian May hails Sam Ryder for 'smashing' New Year's gig as he's named 'national treasure'
Brian May, 75, heiled the former Eurovision contestant’s New Year’s Eve concert as a “tour de force”.Sam Ryder, 33, wowed viewers across the country after they tuned in to watch Sam Ryder Rocks New Years Eve on BBC One, with some people even branding him a “national treasure”. Last night, Sam put on a show that even rivalled BBC Two’s prestigious Annual Hootenanny from Jools Holland, joining the likes of former Spice Girl Mel C, Sigrid and House Gospel Choir for an energetic, jam-packed night of music. The star, who came second representing Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest last year, was also joined on stage by The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.Brian decided to give Sam a well-earned shout-out in view of his 3.1 million Instagram followers. “Our buddy Sam Ryder totally smashing it on the (our old!) New Year spot,” Brian wrote in reference to his Queen days. “That was a tour de force, Sam. And you trading guitar licks as well as vocal licks with virtuoso pal Justin Hawkins blew me away. “And your album is GREAT! Welcome to almost unendurable fame!!! Happy New Year, folks.