Brian May On Freddie Mercury’s Secret Battle With ‘Dark Stuff’
As the surviving members of Queen are preparing to reissue ‘The Miracle’ 33 years later, Brian May has been busy revealing the unknown stories regarding the recording sessions of the record. The guitarist recently joined Guitar World for an interview and disclosed that Freddie Mercury had always managed to stay positive during the sessions despite his illness.
“In many ways, yes,” Brian May replied when asked whether this reissue meant something different, as they now know that Freddie was dealing with an illness in that period. “Looking back on things, it is quite hard to fathom, really, because Freddie was an eternal optimist. And even with all that he was going through – which we knew nothing about at the time – he always came in with so much positivity.”
May continued, “And as we were going back through these tracks and remembering the sessions, those were some of the things that really did strike me. And, of course, one of my favorite Freddie tracks of all time is ‘The Miracle.’ I love that song because, on that track, you hear nothing but joy, positivity, lightness, and humor.”
“It’s gorgeous that Freddie was able to do that even though he was battling dark stuff underneath,” the musician added, referring to Mercury’s positive outlook on life no matter what he was going through internally. Brian May concluded, “You would never know. You could never hear it at that time. It’s just one of the many marvelous things about Freddie, his ability to radiate positivity and optimism no matter what he was going through internally.”
So, the Queen members were aware that Freddie Mercury had some health issues at the time, but they didn’t yet know that he had been diagnosed with HIV. Yet, as the guitarist revealed, the late singer always stayed positive and concentrated on making music despite his inner struggles.