Interview 1987 (Rudi Dolezal)
D – Freddie, in the last couple of weeks and months you were working on solo stuff. Can you tell us a little bit about what you have been doing?
F – Yes, last couple of weeks I have been working with this amazing woman. She is a big operatic star, her name is Montserrat Caballe. She comes from Barcelona. And she just called up a few weeks ago and said she would like to sing with me. So I fell flat on the floor and thought “Oh, my God”. But I loved her for years. And I think it worked when I WENT TO Barcelona recently. I did a TV show and they asked me. I said “She’s the best singer in the world. And I’d like to be able to sing with her”. So she must have seen it. She called up the office and said she’d like to do something. Last night she sang one of my songs at the Royal Opera House. It’s amazing. I’m going into opera, forget rock’n’roll.
D – Is this a new experience, an exciting experience?
F – Absolutely. It’s just a challenge, actually. It’s gonna be great because I’ve never thought of writing songs in that way. Now she said she wants to do duets with me – I have to think in a totally different way, and actually… I sure the opera critics will slam it, but this is something that’s a good challenge, at this time in life.
D – Is it true that you are planning to do a whole album with her?
F –Yes. I went and I saw her a week ago, and I just thought maybe one song on a duet, and she said thinks like “Only one song? Are you sure? You only want to do one song?”. And I said: “Let’s see how we get on. If you like more of my music”… And she said: “How many songs does a normal rock’n’roll album have?” And I said “Something like ten” – “We’ll do ten songs, then”. So, you know. She just said: “Write ten songs tomorrow”.
D –So you have to write something Spanish?
F – Yes, things like that. Because I mean, I said “Yes, I’ll write the songs. And you’ll have to come in the studio and try out things”. So she said, she looked up her schedule, “I have three days to spare in May”. And she thinks she can just come in and do it, but that’s the day they work. So she thinks in three days she’ll come in and sing the whole. So I’ve got to have it all prepared. But I think three days it pushing it.
D – You have a great success with your solo single the Great Pretender in England. Can you tell us when you had the idea to pick this song?
F – Yes, I’ve always wanted to do a cover version a long time ago, and you can’t do that with Queen, we just write our own material, and I always had that in my head. And this song was the one I’ve always wanted to do. So last Christmas, well before Christmas, I went into the studio to try it out, a