CHECK OUT “THIS IS ROCK” Magazine Issue 215 May 2022
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Brian May features in an 8-page interview:
THIS IS ROCK
ALL THE WAY FROM SPACE
[Introduction extract translated…]
The Queen guitarist reissues ‘Another World’, his second solo adventure. A more compact album at a vocal level than his debut, with vigorous guitars and in which he combined his own songs with versions.
Twenty-four years have passed since the release of ‘Another World’ and his subsequent tour, the last one he did solo. At that time Brian presented an album superior to his debut. At first the second album was forged under the guidelines of an album of versions, but in the end it ended up being an album in its own right, which includes three brilliant versions. The rest of the versions that I recorded were published in different singles or Japanese releases. It should be noted that between the release of ‘Back To The Light’ and ‘Another World’ he released a live show with a dream band. Just by mentioning the rhythmic bass there are plenty of explanations: the drummer Cozy Powell and the bass Neil Murray.
Unfortunately, a fatal traffic accident took Powell’s life almost towards the end of the recordings of ‘Another World’, joining Freddie Mercury in the list of close friends that Brian lost in a few years. Fishing [?] for everything, he overcame the blow and made a dream tour.
THIS IS ROCK: I love the versions of Mott The Hoople and Jimi Hendrix. A few years ago I interviewed Ian Hunter in person and saw Mott the Hoople live on their last reunion tour. It was like a journey through time. Twenty years have passed since my first concert, which was the one you gave in Madrid on the ‘Another World’ tour, and of course, the penultimate song you played was ‘All The Way From Memphis’. I love the versions of Mott The Hoople and Jimi Hendrix. A few years ago I interviewed Ian Hunter in person and saw Mott the Hoople live on their last reunion tour. It was like a journey through time. Twenty years have passed since my first concert, which was the one you gave in Madrid on the ‘Another World’ tour, and of course, the penultimate song you played was ‘All The Way From Memphis’.
BRIAN MAY: We started in the UK and then we toured the United States with them from end to end. They were a role model for us. they were like our mentors. From Mott the Hoople I learned that it is not enough to interpret the songs, to play them, if you are in a rock group, you have to breathe music and live it. I feel indebted to them. One night we played in Memphis. We did well, Queen put on a good show and people liked it, but then Mott The Hoople came out and blew it away. That was a good mirror to look at, that chemistry that existed between The Hoople and its public. And exactly the kind of relationship with the public that we work very hard to cultivate. But that particular night I was unable to go to the hotel after our performance. I couldn’t leave without hearing them play ‘All The Way From Memphis’ in Memphis! [He laughed] I sat around and enjoyed the concert. The electricity in the ambience was… I’m speechless. I’m going to remember that concert for as long as I live. if you’ve heard it.
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