Brian May Names The Band Approached Him To Leave Queen Since ‘It Wasn’t Going Anywhere’


Queen lead guitarist Brian May opened up about the time when he received an offer to leave Queen from Sparks during an interview with Louder Sound and apparently, the rock duo thought Queen was a one-hit act with no future successes whereas Sparks was going to ‘conquer’ the world.

As you might know, Sparks is a rock duo consisting of two brothers, keyboardist Ron Mael, and vocalist Russel Mael, originally formed as a band called Halfnelson in 1967. The iconic duo’s career took off when they released ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us’ which reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1974.

Around the same time Sparks gained recognition with their track, ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us,’ Queen released their hit song ‘Killer Queen’ from their third studio album ‘Sheer Heart Attack.’ The track reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and became the band’s first US hit, reaching number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100.

Apparently, Sparks’ intention was more than sharing two hit songs around the same time as Queen icon Brian May revealed during a recent interview. The legendary guitarist revealed that the two brothers approached him with an offer to join them while stating that Queen has no future in music while they will win over the world, however, as we all know the rest of this story, Brian May rejected the offer.

Here is what May said:

“Yes, Sparks approached me. It was after they had their major hit, This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us, and we’d just had Killer Queen out. The two brothers came round my flat. They said: ‘Look, Brian, Queen isn’t going anywhere, you’re not going to have any more hits, but we’re going to conquer the world.’ And I went: ‘Thanks but no thanks. I think I’m fine.'”

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