September Issue 522 of Record Collector – now on sale in the UK. The issue includes “Brian May’s extracurricular projects”.
Grief, divorce, depression – and resurrection. As Brian May embarks on a reissues programme, Queen’s eternally affable guitarist talks to Kevin Harley about the successes and sorrows of his solo years.
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RC 522 Sept 2021 – pages 60-61
EXTRACT from 4-page article
After a testing 2020, recovery and reflection are on Brian May’s mind. Besides the restrictions on touring and family contact imposed by Covid-19, he had “a bloody heart attack” last year. Yet as we speak, Queen’s resident astrophysicist is preparing a dinner party for his son’s birthday. He’s also committed to a cardio rehab programme, “almost obsessed” with staying fit.
Meanwhile, another mission has energised him. Long out of circulation, May’s solo recordings are being remastered and expanded for a ‘Gold Series’ of reissues, beginning with 1992’s debut solo album, Back To The Light, a set of from-the-heart confessionals and self-rejuvenating rockers beefed up for re-release with a second disc of B-sides and live cuts. Among other titles, reissues of the Star Fleet Project (1983) EP, Live At The Brixton Academy (1994) and Another World (1998) are also in the pipeline.