Brian May Shares Opinions On Kurt Cobain And Nirvana

Queen guitarist Brian May gave an interview to Ultimate Classic Rock and commented on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s music.

As you know, Nirvana emerged from the Seattle grunge scene of the late 1980s. Grunge is an alternative rock genre and a subculture combining punk rock and heavy metal elements. Grunge’s popularity had spread to the world by the early 1990s, and the genre became commercially successful in the early and mid-1990s with album releases such as Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ With the success of the Seattle grunge bands, the genre became the most popular form of rock music of that era.

Guitarist Brian May released his debut studio ‘Back To The Light’ album during that period, in 1992 in the UK and 1993 in the States. The record featured the hits ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ and ‘Driven By You.’ The musician recorded the album between 1988 and 1992, and it was his second album without Queen.

Recently, Brian May gave an interview to UCR while talking about the reissue of the ‘Back To The Light.’ The interviewer reminded him that he recorded the album when the grunge scene had started to unfold. Brian May was then asked whether he was into the grunge bands. He said that he was, a little bit. However, May confessed that he wasn’t listening to music much as he was depressed but added that he was aware of Nirvana.

Talking about Nirvana, May stated that he loved their music and thought they were great. He then argued that the band’s instrumental skills are not that important, but it makes a difference when the music comes from the soul. The Queen guitarist then added Kurt Cobain seemed like a kindred spirit, and he wishes they’d met back then.

In the interview, Brian May was asked:

“You were recording parts of the ‘Back to the Light’ album as the whole grunge revolution started to unfold. How much were you into those bands?”

May then responded:

“A little bit. I was very depressed and wasn’t listening to much anyway. I was dimly aware of some of it. I was aware of Nirvana. Do they count?”

The interviewer confirmed, and May continued:

Yeah, well, I loved that. I thought that was great. I love people with passion. And it’s not related to how much dexterity they have on their instruments, it’s what comes from the soul.

Kurt Cobain, for me, looked like a kindred spirit. I wish I’d met him. I never did. And of course, Dave Grohl was in that band. It was amazing.”

In June 2021, May announced that he will reissue his debut album ‘Back To The Light,’ including alternative versions of some songs and some live material. The brand-new reissue was released on August 6. It was reported that the musician is already working on remastering his second solo album, ‘Another World,’ planning to release it within the coming year.