The pianist who rose to prominence as a member of the rock band Queen has spoken out in an exclusive interview with CNN.
Claudio Columbo was in the news after he posted a video on Instagram of himself and his girlfriend posing for a photo with a sign that read, “All I wanna do is play.”
The sign read, “”Thank you to all my fans who are always there for me.
“Columbo, who was the frontman of Queen’s iconic 1970s hit, “I Am the Walrus,” said he felt compelled to post the photo because he was trying to inspire people to act like rock stars.”
In the video, Columbo said, “To the people that are doing this and saying, ‘You know what? “
And I think I’m doing that with this photo.”
In the video, Columbo said, “To the people that are doing this and saying, ‘You know what?
You don’t have to do this, you can do this,’ I’m saying, I’m so glad that I have my girlfriend in front of me, and she’s wearing this beautiful dress.
I feel like it’s such a big part of my life.”
Colombo said he thought the photo was “kind of stupid” and that it was an example of how “people just don’t understand that there’s a certain kind of beauty in being a musician.”
“The world is full of beauty,” he said.
“I think people just want to be entertained, to be taken in, to just be entertained.
And to have this beautiful woman in front is just another example of that.”
Colombian pianist Angela Brownridge, who also performed in the video and was one of the stars of Queen, praised Columbo for his dedication to his music.
“You don’t need to be famous to be passionate about your craft, and I just think that you are amazing for that,” Brownridge told CNN in an interview.
Brownridge said she thinks Columbo has been “a great inspiration to the women that are in the music industry, and to women who want to pursue careers in music.”
“He’s so incredibly creative, so passionate about his craft and I think he’s so important in the community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play with him,” she said.
Columbo said the photo is proof of the beauty of his music and that he doesn’t need fame to make music great.
“I’m very lucky to have my family, my friends, my colleagues, and it’s a privilege to be part of the Queen family,” he explained.
“So that is what I do and I don’t feel I need to have any kind of fame to be great.
I’m just very lucky and very happy that I do.”