Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre (R) and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May perform during the opening concert of the Starmus festival in Bratislava. (Photo by TOMAS BENEDIKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Jean-Michel Jarre and Queen guitarist Brian May have teamed up for a live performance at Starmus Festival.

The French composer and performer was joined by the rock and roll icon on stage in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sunday (May 12) at Bridge from the Future, the opening concert for the Starmus Festival, presented in association with digital security company ESET.

Jarre’s performance featured 19 musical works that spanned his career. He also performed a new arrangement of Antonín Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’.

May came on stage as a special guest and performed ‘Deuxième Rendez-Vous’ – the first live performance of the piece since December 2013 – ‘New World Symphony’, ‘Last Horizon’ and a cover of Queen’s ‘Brighton Rock’. The former Queen guitarist came back on stage for the encore ‘The Time Machine’ to close out the night.

Also on the stage was Jarre’s backing band, which featured Claude Samard and newcomer British musician Adiescar Chase who played various instruments including the violin, bass guitar and didgeridoo.

According to a press release about the performance, “The staggering production featured exquisitely choreographed architectural light and laser displays that were visible from three different countries including Austria and Hungary.

“A mesmerising 400-drone ballet painted the night sky with a supernova-like display, while fireworks punctuated the musical score. The stage included two towering turrets at over 30 meters tall, perfectly framing the UFO bridge behind it, which itself was adorned with lights and lasers. Jarre designed the entire visual element himself, conceiving it as a score to the music.”

The concert was televised on Slovakian National TV network RTVS as well as globally via the EBU network. It was also live-streamed on Jean-Michel Jarre’s YouTube channel and is available to watch online until Sunday May 19.

In other news, earlier this year, there was speculation that a hologram show of the late and great Freddie Mercury could be on the way.

Hints that a new hologram show featuring the late Queen frontman emerged after Mercury Songs Limited – the organisation which has ownership over the singer’s solo works – reportedly filed to trademark his moniker for virtual reality and 3D.

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