Brian May Says ‘I Had To Get Something Out There Before I Die’ As He Explains The Reason Behind His New Release
Queen lead guitarist Brian May shared a post on his official Instagram page revealing a video from his appearance on Elis James and John Robins podcast. The guitarist opened up about the reissue of his debut solo album, ‘Back to the Light,’ and revealed that he wanted his projects to be released prior to his passing so that he can share his music with a new generation.
As some of you might know, Queen’s iconic guitarist released his first solo record, ‘Back to the Light‘ back on September 28, 1992, in the United Kingdom and on February 2, 1993, in the United States. The album was a success as it peaked at number six on the UK Albums Chart and found itself a place on the US Billboard 200. The debut album also gave birth to the Top 10 singles such as ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ and ‘Driven by You.’
Towards the end of June, Brian May announced the reissue of his debut solo album and the rocker added new material to his highly anticipated original record. In addition to remastering the tracks, May included instrumental versions of a number of songs as well as concert performances recorded during his 1993 solo tour, and Queen’s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno with special guest Slash.
The reissue of the record was released on August 6 and surprisingly, Brian May has been silent about the release up until now. Recently, the legendary rocker shared a post on his official Instagram page revealing a sneak peek from an exclusive interview about the new release with Elis James and John Robins on the day the reissue of ‘Back to the Light’ was out.
When asked how he decided to re-release an album that was originally out nearly three decades ago, the Queen guitarist expressed how he has been feeling uncomfortable about the fact that his fans don’t get the opportunity to get their hand on his solo projects. In order to introduce his music to an entirely new generation, May wanted to go back to where it all started and re-released his debut solo album.
Furthermore, the guitarist admitted his fear for not releasing his whole work prior to his passing, therefore, wanted to rush things a little bit to get everything out for his fans. While stating that the album’s concept is what exactly people need, especially after a year with COVID-19, May stated that he has been through tough times just like everybody.
Brian May’s statement in the IG video is transcribed below:
“Elis, John, my great friends, I’m so happy to be talking to you on my release day. In answer to your question, it just gradually daunt on me during the lockdown that nobody could get a hold on my solo stuff and all the collaborations I’ve done over the years.
I thought, ‘I have to get something out there before I die. I have to polish it all up and put it out there for a whole new generation.’ This is an idea that has been growing in my head, and I’m thrilled that the first of this gold series is now out there today. ‘Back to the Light’ is reborn, it really is like a resurrection. I feel like it identifies with people’s feelings at the moment. We all have been through tough times, and we all looking for a way back to the light and a way to rediscover ourselves. That’s what this album is about.”
Although Brian May was honest about his motivations behind the reissue of ‘Back to the Light,’ his fans were disappointed to hear such a heartbreaking statement from the musician. Since every fan of May knows how he has still been rocking the stage with Queen + Adam Lambert, none of them has the desire to believe that the guitarist will be going somewhere any time soon. Regardless of the sad statement, fans are thrilled to see more solo work from the rocker and hope he keeps them coming.