Queen’s Brian May on Freddie’s latest request: “He was full of passion at the end” | Music | Entertainment
Brian is currently promoting the re-release of his 1992 solo album, Back to light. Although it contains two Top Ten singles, Driven By You and Too Much Love Will Kill You, it has been unavailable for almost two decades. A new remastered edition with bonus material will be released on August 6. It was written during Freddie’s final months and the Queen singer even took one of the singles as his own, recording the anthemic. The show must continue himself.
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In a new interview today, Brian discussed his personal grief at the time. The star was facing the imminent loss of her bandmate, as well as the end of her first marriage to Christine Mullen, the mother of her three children. He also lost his father Harold to cancer the same year, in 1991.
Brian said: “I knew at the time that I was not going to have Freddie anymore, but I was also losing my father and my marriage and my family. I was in a dark place, looking for the light.
Incredibly, even as he struggled through the last few months of his own illness, Freddie’s thoughts were with his friend. Brian told The Telegraph: “He said, “We’re not talking about this, but we know I won’t be here for much of this future, and this is the time when you should step up.” It was a very, very courageous thing for Freddie to say in a very down to earth way. “
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Brian and Roger Taylor have often spoken of Freddie’s extraordinary final burst of creativity and the astounding strength of his voice, despite the weakness of his body.
In the new interview, Brian describes the remarkable recording sessions of The Show Must Go On.
He said: “When I gave him the final version to sing along, it was like taking the lid off a bottle that was about to explode. He put so much energy into it.
“Freddie was just full of passion. He was always inspiring. Always.”
The iconic video features archival footage of Queen on stage and filming other videos, as well as new scenes with Freddie and his bandmates. Famous Freddie has a bunch of bananas on his head, while Brian walks with a miniature penguin.
Although Brian and everyone at the time believed that Freddie’s death was also “the end of Queen,” the band’s music and legacy have survived and found a second life with the addition of current frontman Adam. Lambert.
Brian also continued to immerse himself in his two loves for astronomy and stereoscopy, as well as campaigning on ecological issues, but music remains at the heart of it all.
He took Freddie’s advice and recorded and released Back To The Light in 1992. He found himself listening to the entire album during the lockdown last year as he battled a string of health issues. and his own personal demons.
He said: “I thought, ‘I’m still the same person. I still have the same struggles, the same pain, the same passion.’ It was at the end of Queen, and I wanted to find a new light, a new path, and that was it, and it still is, in a way.
BRIAN MAY’S RETURN TO LIGHT RELEASES AUGUST 6 – Order here.