Brian May on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on ITV News At Ten



Brian was interviewed by Nina Nannar for ITV News At Ten tonight – talking about how Bohemian Rhapsody saved the band from bankruptcy.

Brian May on Bohemian Rhapsody – ITV News At Ten 10112015

TRANSCRIPT by Jen Tunney

TOM BRADBY: And it’s the 40th Anniversary of this….

<VT: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody>

… the song that saved Queen from bankruptcy.

And finally, is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Or can it rally be forty years since Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, one of popo music;s mos influential songs, entered the charts. Among the celebrations, a recognition award for Queen’s legendary guitarist,Brian May. He’s been reminiscjing for News At Ten.

NINA NANNAR: The video cost three and a half thousand pounds and took four hours to make. British music had never seen anything like it. Today Queen’s guitarist says Bohemian Rhapsody is the song that saved their careers.

BRIAN MAY: It always does feel great doing thaat song. It was sust a great time. I mean the great times are always right next to tragedy in a sense, because we were right on the breadline. We were, well below the breadline. We were bankrupt.

NINAH: Later this month queen will release this footage from 1975, the first tour in which they played Bohemian Rhapsody live. Tomorrow the band will pick up the top honour at the Classic Rock Awards. Freddie Mercury died 24 years ago ater battling AIDS. He would, says May, enjoy the accolades this song still receives.

BRIAN: I think he would just smile. He wouldbe pleased that people are still interested and excited by that creation. It was an amazing time for us all. So Freddie’s a great thing in my life still. I wish he was here to enjoy it.

NINAH: Over the years many ahve paid tribute, though there is nothing quite like the real thing.

<VT cuts back to Brian playing Bohemian Rhapsody solo on his Red Special>

BRIAN: That’s your lot!

NINAH; No chance of that. Next year Queen headline the Isle of Wight Festival. Guess which song they’ll all be screming out for. Nina Nannar. News At Ten.

TOM: That’s it for tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow. Good night. Thank you for watching.