Brian May Says Freddie Mercury’s Death Filled His Solo Record With Darkness


Queen guitarist Brian May joined an interview with ITV News and revealed that his solo album ‘Back To The Light’ has lots of darkness due to Freddie Mercury‘s death at that time.

It is no doubt that the tragic death of Freddie Mercury on November 24, 1991, made a huge impact on Brian May. However, he decided to dedicate himself to his work to deal with his grief. His first musical effort after Mercury’s death was the solo album ‘Back To The Light.’ May made various statements saying that this album was a form of self-prescribed therapy for him.

Earlier this year, Brian May announced that he will release a reissue of the ‘Back To The Light’ album. Released on August 6, the new reissue featured live versions of some Queen songs, ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ and ‘Driven By You.’ More recently, the album’s same-titled single debuted at the top of the U.K. Singles Chart while outdistancing successful artists.

Speaking about his ‘Back To The Light’ album in e recent interview, Brian May touched upon the impact of Freddie Mercury’s passing on the record. After the host Duncan Golestani told him it was written in a difficult time, the guitarist confirmed that the album has a lot of darkness in it. He then stated that he thinks most people can identify with the album because we are also living in very dark times today due to the pandemic.

The host Duncan Golestani told Brian May that:

“You say it was great, but of course the album was written at a difficult time for you wasn’t it?”

Brian May then responded:

Yes, it was, and ‘Back To The Light’ has a lot of darkness in it. The album is about the search for more optimism and a good future. Looking at it now, I thought a lot of people will identify with it because we’ve been through some very dark times, all of us, with the COVID and everything.

I think it is a time for people to feel they want to be back to the light and try and find it. If they don’t find their former selves, perhaps they find a better version of themselves to face the future.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.