Brian May Thinks Queen Shows Is Like ‘Good Sex’

During a new episode of the official YouTube series Queen the Greatest Live, Brian May equated the experience of Queen concerts with ‘good sex’ while discussing the encores of the band’s concerts.

In their early years, the band used to end shows with songs like ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’ or covers of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Big Spender.’ But starting in 1977, they realized that the best way to finish their concerts was with the crowd singing along to ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions.’

May’s View On Their Encore Strategy

The guitarist thought of these encores as a carefully planned way to make sure the audience left feeling excited and happy. He noted in his interview:

“How do you want to send people out? It’s a big question, which we do ask ourselves. You know, what do you want to have in people’s heads as they go out? And I think it’s fulfillment.”

He then talked about how they aim to want to feel the audience completely satisfied afterward, saying:

“It’s like good sex. You know, you want to come out of it thinking, ‘Yeah, that was everything it should have been.’ And you want people to be talking to each other: ‘Ah, that was awesome. Do you remember the bit where…?’ Just like we used to as kids when we left the Who shows.”

The Intention Behind The Encore Selection

In the earlier part of the conversation, the rocker also reflected on why they decided to change their encores to ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions,’ explaining:

“It’s that participation thing. The fact the fans can stretch their bodies upwards to the sky and sing and chant and stamp and clap to Rock You and Champions is kind of an unbeatable thing. You can’t really follow that.”

During their recent shows as Queen + Adam Lambert, the band followed the same path as they performed ‘We Will Rock You,’ ‘Radio Gaga’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ as the encores. Queen usually uses ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ as their final piece before the encore.

You can watch the rest of the video on the band’s website below.