Queen's Brian May is still astounded at how the success of the band's Bohemian Rhapsody biopic has planted the band at the top of the rock world nearly 50 years after forming. 2019 saw Queen's profile skyrocket with the Oscar-winning feature grossing over $900 million globally, marking the film the most successful musical biopic in history.
Brian May spoke with Planet Rock magazine and talked candidly about Queen's incredible resurgence, admitting, “I mean, it’s not like we’ve been away, we’ve been away. We've always been out there working, but the film has been a bridge to a new generation without a doubt. . . maybe to two new generations. Suddenly people not only know the tunes, but they understand us as well. The audiences are young again, and noisy again, and they want to sing along.”
May, who continues to lead the band with drummer Roger Taylor, went on to say, “America has always been great for us, but in the old days they’d scream and shout, but they would not sing along, or they wouldn’t do the handclap thing in participation has always been part of Queen, and now suddenly that’s been kind of energy.”
May was asked about seeing the complete cut of Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time: “I burst into tears. We all did. It was quite overwhelming, emotionally devastating, even traumatic, at times. The film has been so long in the making, and then we’re watching these young actors tell our story, and our families are captivated and they know how much this means to us. . . It was a remarkable feeling actually, very powerful.”
When asked about a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel, Roger Taylor laughed and explained, “I’ve gotta say, from my point of view, that is not on the cards. We’ve done it once and we’ve done it well, and I don’t really see where it would go to be of global interest. So, no, not for me. A sequel would smack of opportunism. I’m very proud of my band, it’s been the biggest thing in my life, and in Brian’s too, and we’ve realized that this is what we are and this is what we do. We're really enjoying it. It's quite good being in Queen right now.”
Brian May and Roger Taylor shed light on the dedication they found from the top down from the cast and crew of Bohemian Rhapsody: “(Brian May): All the way down the cast and the whole production team, you feel this passion. They all felt it was something exceptional and we felt like that (Roger Taylor): Yeah. (Brian May): . . . visiting the set. It was an amazing feeling of loyalty and passion to this whole teamwork. (Roger Taylor): They got very close to us, I mean, visually, which made it particularly uncanny to watch. . . (Brian May): Mmm. (Roger Taylor): . . . for us, and after a couple of viewings, I mean, you start to (laughs) completely believe, 'Ah, that was us!' No, it's not, no. (Brian May): You do. (Roger Taylor): . . . it's other people. But (laughs) phenomenal (laughs).”
Queen + Adam Lambert kick off its 2020 dates on January 25th in Saitama, Japan.
Brian May And Roger Taylor On Cast Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ :