Brian May told Radio Wales… Queen and new album (Transcript)


(Transcribed by Jen Tunney

WYNNE EVANS (BBC RADIO WALES): The Music Industry’s changed a lot, do you think? Do you think Queen would have found the same band or ..?

BRIAN MAY: It’s hard to say. As Freddie used to say, you know “Talent will out”, which applies to yourself, but you know it would have been a different path, but I think we would’ve got there. Yeah – I think we had something to offer. It was a rare combination, a magical … something that you felt was meant to be. I don’t know quite how it happened that the four of us came together, but it was certainly something very unusual, which you couldn’t manufacture.

WYNNE: Yeah. Favourite song of all time that you recorded?

BM: It’s difficult. Every time somebody asks me, it’s a different reply. I mean my favourite at the moment is “Made In Heaven”, which is a track which was never a single but it’s sort of the title track of the album we made after Freddie was gone…. pieces that were left – which again I’m very proud of, and I’ve just been doing something very similar because we found a few more tracks – we were just talking about this, weren’t we? …

WE: Yeah, yeah.

BM: … with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they’re quite beautiful, so people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We’re gonna put out an album which is probably called “Queen Forever”, and it’s a compilation, but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will enjoy it.

WE: What’s it like? Can you describe it for us?

BM: Well most of it comes from the 80s when we were in full flight, so it’s quite emotional. It’s kind of the big, big ballad and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t’ve been if we hadn’t done this restoration and had to start from scratch – we only had scraps, but knowing how it would’ve happened if we’d finished it then, I can sit there and make it happen, with modern technology. We have ProTools these days. You can do almost anything in ProTools.

WE: Do you feel like an historian now….?

BBC Radio Wales Wynne Evans interviews Brian May & Denis Pellerin Hay Festival 23 May 2014