Brian May interview
(from "Freddie Mercury & Brian May of Queen Interviews" DVD)
Interviewer: Hahaha! You know, I heard… a lot of my guys when we were in England went over to the show … in Wales. (Brian: And we saw them. Yeah!) And they loved the show they just said it was such a great, a unique kind of way to approach it
Brian: Oh great, I’m glad they enjoyed it, yeah yeah. You must come there yourself and we’ll… we’ll… er.. we’ll… we’ll exchange notes.
Interviewer: You know what, we’re probable gonna to be on the road at the same time. You’re coming into the States…erm…I know… coming up pretty soon (Brian: Wonderful). And we’re gonna be… we’re gonna be in Europe most of July.
Brian: All right.
Interviewer: But how long are you gonna be in the States there?
Brian: Well not very long on this ……. But the current plan is to… to…erm… well actually to come into Aruba, which is a long story, don’t even ask. And… (Interviewer: Haha!) and then to do in New York and LA. And… make a little noise, and then hip-hop off to Japan, where we have erm… an offer to do some… fairly big stuff and then get back to the States to do the main stuff…er.. in the spring.
Interviewer: Right so… LA and New York are just like the teasers to get a… get the vibe going but…. You know, you’re gonna sell out everything!
Brian: Ah well you know, I don’t take anything for granted, you know. It… it would be nice, but… er… we’ll just see, you know.
Interviewer: I think there’re are just so many loyal fans of Queen, you can’t find anybody that doesn’t love Queen.. and then the allied attraction of… you know… er… having him as a lead singer… is just… you know… everybody loves his voice too… We call him The Voice.
Brian: Paul a phenomenon. I mean… the… funny thing is… why didn’t we think of it before, I suppose. Haha… Paul Rodgers is just…
Interviewer: Well… I… it’s… almost probably one of those things where there’s a certain amount of time that you have to let go… (Brian: Hmm) erm… by, before… you know… you can… even think about … putting somebody else in Freddie’s place. And then all of a sudden… It’s ok then, you know…
Brian: Yeah well I was the guy who resisted it most, I suppose.. and… in a sense I still do. You know, I don’t want anybody taking Freddie’s place.. And…the… the great thing… (Interviewer: No, I am…) You know what I’m saying. The great thing about Paul is that he’s different (yeah sure) and we approach everything in a different way. And it’s… (Interviewer: Exactly) it’s new life rather than trying to restart the… just… say… the old life.
Interviewer: But you know… I… think what everybody out there is thinking though that… you know, here’s…you’ve got Brian and… Taylor, and all these guys you know… and… we’d love to hear them come out and play again. And play those songs. You know and… because…you know Freddie was the voice of the band, but you guys were definitely… I mean… the guitar work of yours was… so signature… I mean…
Brian: Oh well thank you. I started to see it from the outside in a sense, you know. It...it was a long grieving process in a sense (Interviewer: Yes) losing Freddie, you know, and I was resistant to doing anything, I didn’t even want to talk about Queen for such a long time. And then finally you… you realize the love that is out there, and I thought, well if I was out there (Interviewer: Sure), I would like to see us go and do the songs, you know (Interviewer: Yeah). And.. there’s a lot of Freddie in the show in a sense. And we even kind of… we…we actually use his…his voice and his image in… in a couple little bits, well actually one little bit. Hmm… but… there’s a lot of sort of the spirit of Freddie in there. And we feel very comfortably… we feel like he’s in the right place.
Interviewer: Well I think it’s great doing that… video thing (yeah) I think that’s a great… I’ll bet you the… the audience goes absolutely insane when they… when they… see that!
Brian: It’s great, it’s definitely sort of lump in the throat. We didn’t want to… you know it’s not a nostalgia show, it’s a…it’s a new show but it is nice that there are those elements in there. And actually Freddie’s mom came down to the…the show we did in…in Sheffield, in the North of England, and she loved it, she was like, Yeah, yeah, you make us really proud. Haha!
Interviewer: Ah that’s great!
Brian: That was wonderful!
Interviewer: Well you know that the… the next thing of course you think about is what chances of you guys going in with Paul? To record?
Brian: Hmm well… we already did a little.. exploratory bit ‘cause erm… the place where we were rehearsing was actually Roger’s studio and we nipped in and… and put a few little things down. Nothing that… I don’t think…. I don’t think we’ll use any of it yet, but we definitely feel that there’s something to be done there if we can get around to it. First thing is to get them playing… (Interviewer: Well yeah, because I’ve been…)
Interviewer: I’m… I’m just thinking of the fact that the fact that you’re still a great writer… and you… you…you could write… just… almost like Queen Part II, you know… er… in entirely different… er… sort of circumstances with a different singer and just see what comes out. It might be really interesting!
Brian: Definitely… yeah… we.. we seem to hit it off very well, it’s…it’s a nice atmosphere and… the first… kind of… challenge was to see what happened live and it seems to be great so yeah… there…. There’s a kind of irresistible call and let’s…let’s see if we can make something new.
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