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Path: Queen - Royal Legend - Interviews: Brian May: CNN World Beat '00

Interviews: Brian May: CNN World Beat '00

CNN World Beat, 9th of Jan 2000

BRIAN MAY, MUSICIAN: "The Show Must Go On" is written as a collection, which is a Queen song because we decided to credit everything to Queen after all. But that's kind of, that, I regard that as my baby because most of that I wrote with Freddie sitting right here and it was a great experience because Freddie at that time wasn't really able to or willing to expose himself in terms of lyrics except at certain particular instances. And he knew about this idea. He knew that it related to the way we felt about him.

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Queen, "The Show Must Go On"

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MAY: When I sang the guide vocal for Freddie -- and most of it I had to sing falsetto because I couldn't sing that high -- and I was going to Freddie, is this OK? And he downs a vodka and goes into the studio and just nails it. And I think it's one of his finest performances ever, the original version of "The Show Must Go On."

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Queen, "The Show Must Go On"

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MAY: We had the idea to remix "Under Pressure," which is the song we did with David Bowie.

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Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)"

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MAY: When we came to make the video, we had the opportunity to do something different and we were thinking what can we do here? And what it begs is to have something live and we suddenly realized we have live tapes of "Under Pressure." We have Freddie singing it. That's when he sang it, you know, one of the last times we ever did the song. We also had Bowie singing it at the tribute to Freddie. One was in the darkness and one's in the light, but with modern video technology, digital stuff, you can do that stuff.

So Freddie and Bowie are there next to each other, which is something which had been, would have been great to see on stage but you can only see it in this video.

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Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)"

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MAY: I don't really visualize Queen without Freddie, to be honest. No. I think I more visualize turning over a page and there he is again, like, oh, hi, Fred, you're back. Great. OK. Let's just get on with it. I think we all live in this kind of strange place because he seems very much alive.

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Queen and George Michael, "Somebody To Love"

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MAY: I think it's nice to do one offs and Elton and George Michael are both great singers and great personalities. And I think if you speak to them, they would feel the same, to try and recreate something which had a wonderful moment and is gone I think is a mistake.

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Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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MAY: I think "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a great piece of work and it's really all Freddie's thing. It's Freddie's baby more than anything else and whatever was in his mind at that point was something pretty bizarre. And I feel very proud of it as a piece of work and I was very happy to see it voted as the song of the millennium. We went and received our award for that, which is very nice. That was in a poll in England. I don't know if that happened elsewhere. And we were voted sort of the number two group to the Beatles, which is lovely, you know, over the last thousand years.

Roger and John and I are very good friends still and socially we're probably better friends than we ever were. But we like, we all like to do things in a different way now. You know, we were part of this great team for all those years but there's a certain benefit in not being in a team in that way anymore and I think we've all found our freedom to an extent since Queen was no longer a going concern.

The nice thing about Queen is that Queen never got old. I'm getting old, but Queen doesn't get old.

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Queen, "These Are the Days of Our Lives"

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ALEXANDER: Queen was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but surprisingly didn't make the cut.

This week the nominations for the Grammys were revealed and Serena Yang was in Los Angeles to cover the event for WORLD BEAT.