Guitarist Brian May, who is visiting Japan for the “Queen + Adam Lambert” performance starting January 25, answered an interview with Japanese outlet, Asahi Shimbun, alone. Inspired by his favorite guitar, the “Red Special,” a limited edition wristwatch was launched in collaboration with Seiko Watch.
Brian May talks about Queen and Freddie
Queen won 4 categories including “Artist of the Year” (Western music) at the 33rd Japan Gold Disc Awards! Queen Roger Taylor and Brian May have sent a message to Japanese fans.
Queen Roger Taylor / Brian May [Gold Disc Award Winning Comments]
Freddie Mercury: ‘Adam Lambert brings NEW interpretations to Queen songs’ teases Brian
May 23 January 2020 by George Simpson
They’ve been teaming up for the best part of the decade and now Queen and Adam Lambert are well into their Rhapsody tour. The collaboration performed in Seoul, Korea last weekend and are now in Japan gearing up for four concerts starting this Saturday. Now Queen guitarist Brian May has praised Adam Lambert for his incredible vocals and for bringing new interpretations to Freddie Mercury’s songs. Speaking with Japanese outlet Asahi Shimbun, the 72-year-old said:
“The new collaboration? Well, there are many highlights really.I suppose the highlight is just the sheer beauty and range and power of Adam’s singing. And the expressions that he brings. He brings new interpretations to the songs.”
May then went on to highlight what fans can expect from the eclectic Rhapsody tour show that is touring all over the world in 2020.
“There’s a lot of highlights for us. This new production it very new and very different. It’s very dramatic, very picturesque as we always have been I suppose. But it takes it to a new place and we now have a stage rig; a production that is able to change its form. So we transform from something like A Night at the Opera feeling to a feeling of The Works with all the gears and machines and stuff.”
“And then to a kind of…we call it the pizza oven; the period of Queen where we had lights everywhere. It’s very retro in that way. We have so many hits, it’s all about the music. And every time we hit another theme that was a hit around the world and particularly in Japan, then you have another point of contact; another point of making magic happen.”
May also spoke of what Freddie Mercury would think of the band continuing today.
“Yes, it’s something we all feel, certainly Roger [Taylor] and I feel it, yes. Sometimes when people ask you a question, we have a feeling we’d know what Freddie would say. It’s not because he was predictable, but we kind of know his unpredictability. And, of course, he was like a brother to us, so we know him very, very well. We created this whole scenario which is Queen; this whole genre, this whole oeuvre if you will of Queen music.”
“And it’s wonderful that people are now discovering it in even more detail now than they did in the past. So Freddie is always with us. He has to because he’s a co-creator. There are moments when I feel sad, of course, because he’s not here to enjoy it. But mostly I feel great joy that we had this experience and we had this wonderful spectrum of Queen music that we can still explore and communicate and share with a new audience. So it’s a good feeling I have about Freddie.”