Brian May: ‘We can never be Queen in the same way’

Guitarist says that they're not the same band without Freddie Mercury and John Deacon

Brian May has admitted that he and drummer Roger Taylor can “never be Queen” in the way that they used to be.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music, the guitarist said he was unsure whether they were still the same band without singer Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon.

He said:

Are we Queen? In a sense we are but in another sense we never can be. We keep getting asked to do things which is great but it’s that being Queen thing, I think we’ll have to make a film ‘Being Queen’, what does it mean?


However, he did admit that the current situation had its advantages, adding: “The good thing about it is, we are a sort of open book, we can interact with people when it comes up.”

With Queen celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, rumours have circulated that the band could play live again with a number of different singers. Last week, it was reported that they were in talks with American Idol singer Adam Lambert about the prospect of him joining them for live dates.

Previously, Queen were thought to be in talks with Lady Gaga about the possibility of her becoming the band’s frontwoman. May, who collaborated with the singer on her ‘You & I’ single, described the star as “very creative” and said he’d like to work with her again.

Last week, Roger Taylor ruled out the possibility of Queen releasing a new album of old demos featuring their late singer Freddie Mercury, but did confirm that the band will release a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson next year.


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