Interviews: Brian May: Dutch TV '92
I: How do you like having to sing all the songs yourself?
B: Yeah, I grew into it gradually, because I've always sung a bit anyway. Even on Queen albums there've been some songs that I sang. But normally as time went on, we had such an amazing singer in Freddie. It was always a good idea to give it to him, 'cause he would give it something new.
But for this album, it was gonna be a solo album, it was gonna be personal. And in writing a song for someone else to sing, you always lose something. You gain something, because you have a wonderfull singer, but you lose that personal inflection that actually says what the song means. That's happened a lot. Freddie is in quite a lot of things really. In different ways. (Uhm)
I don't like to talk ... Sometimes it's hard to talk about because it gets too specific, you know. So if I say this, remember the songs are all meant to be in one theme, but they come from different places. That's how life is, you know.
So, for instance ... well, the most direct would be ... The most direct connection is "Nothing But Blue", and I wrote "Nothing But Blue" to a backing track which Cozy had, as a matter of fact, but I wrote it the night before Freddie died, and I had this strong feeling that it was just about to happen. So I wrote the song about what I felt about that.
But even in the mids of that, you know, as a songwriter, I don't know if I'm a songwriter, but as a person, I'm thinking about his life, I'm thinking about how I feel, losing him, about what my life means. And again it relates to my theme. It relates to how ... you know. How did Freddie see this, how did he see his way out of the blackspots. 'Cause Freddie also had some very dark spots, you know. And I thought, you know, what you learn from Freddie is this incredible sort of way of brushing things aside, if he couldn't solve a problem he'd say: fuck it, I'm not even gonna think about it, I'm off here, I'm off in this direction. He would wrench himself out, and forward, you know. That's the feeling that I got, and that's what I tried to put in that song, you know. I'm very sad, but there's still this feeling that I'm gonna get through somehow, you know.
Also "Resurrection", I was doing "Resurrection" all through that last period when Freddie was going down hill, fairly rapidly. And I thought, well, his body is going down hill, but his spirit is getting stronger and stronger. And, ehm, so I really enjoyed "Resurrection", and it tought me such a lot, you know, it brought me up. And I think that's the high point of the album, really. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" is perhaps the blackest, you know, there's very little hope in that song. But in "Resurrection" is all like: OK, this crap here, every- thing is terrible, this wreckage, but I'm up, I'm off, I'm off on my way, you know. That's the feeling!
I: What is the future of Queen? Is there a future of Queen?
B: I think the only future is the past really. I think there's a great future for the Queen material, and I hope it will always live in some form. But I don't think we can go out and -be- Queen. It doesn't make sense. Without Freddie there isn't a Queen. We always said that if any one of us disappeared, we said that Queen wouldn't exist any more.
That's how I feel about it. I think ... I'm very proud of what we did, I'm very proud of the material. I'm very proud of Freddie and of what we did together. But every thing has a beginning and a middle and an end. And this is the end point.
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