Brian May exclusive interview: Queen, debauchery and Freddie Mercury



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Early Queen
Killer queens: from left: Deacon, Mercury, May, Taylor, 1970

Queen and I
21 May 2017 by Krissi Murison

Tragedy, debauchery … and dwarves — the guitarist Brian May gives Krissi Murison an access-all-areas account of his life with Freddie Mercury and rock’s most flamboyant band

Brian May does a great Freddie Mercury impression. He leans forward in his chair, clasps his hands together conspiratorially and channels the high-speed, staccato delivery of the greatest showman of the late 20th century:

“ ‘I had an idea … you know Michael Jackson did this album and it’s called Bad?’ Yeah, Fred. ‘Well, the album we’re making, we could call it Good.’ ” May laughs. “He would always knock you sideways. Sometimes it was great and sometimes it wasn’t.”

May, the guitarist in Queen since their 1970 inception, remembers when Mercury finally announced to him that he was gay, “years after it was obvious”.

“In the beginning, the band lived on a shoestring… … …”


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